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Artist of The Day | Subodh Gupta

Subodh Gupta


Brass, black paint pigment

23 x 23 x 13 1/2 in



Subodh Gupta is a contemporary Indian artist. Working across a variety of media, he is best known for his monumental sculptural works composed of everyday metal objects such as lunch boxes, tin cans, and cookware. Self-described as a representative of a cultural history, his work translates a spiritual quality through the items from which they are composed. Born in Khagul, Bihar, India in 1964, he went on to receive his BFA in painting from the College of Arts & Crafts in Patna, India. Like many artists working in India today, Gupta's work encompasses a shifting economic and cultural Indian landscape, where materialism and political sway shape the future, rather than tradition. By using quintessentially Indian icons that possess innate dichotomies—such as a colonial-style ambassador’s car, sacred cow dung, or the stainless steel utensils of a typical South Asian kitchen—Gupta questions the ambivalence of a society caught between traditional customs and globalization, booming wealth and impoverishment, and old caste politics and religious beliefs. He has exhibited all over the world, notably including with Hauser & Wirth in New York and Nature Morte in New Delhi. He lives and works in New Dehli, India.

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