Subodh Gupta was born in 1964 in India. He studied painting at the College of Arts and Crafts in Patna and now lives and works in New Delhi. Cultural identity is the main theme Gupta has been working with during his career, and his visual writings declare solidarity with the environment and his epoch. Moreover, his works are often composed by the familiar and the spectacular.
The first part of his career is characterised by video and performance but he soon started dedicating himself exclusively to sculpture with a performative dynamic that is still perceptible in the sculpture’s monumental dimension. In his works, the artist addresses the themes of family and home, but also refers to a voice of the common man and the stories of migration. Through the objects in his works he points towards truths of the marginalised sections of Indian society that struggle for their daily needs, but also the shimmering growth of the Indian economy. In addition to dealing with Indian popular, visual and spiritual culture, the artist's work also extends to the Western tradition.
One could say that the work of Gupta, moving from the countryside to the city, is an allegory of his own society, in all its aspects and social spheres. The monumental sculptures and installations of the artist, made by assembling hundreds of tools in sparkling stainless steel, for example, reflect the short-circuit between archaic and modern culture, traditions and change.
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