Subodh Gupta was born in 1964 in Khagaul, Bihar, and studied at the College of Art, Patna (1983-1988) before moving to New Delhi, where he continues to live and work. Trained as a painter, he went on to experiment with a variety of media, which culminated in his first installation in 1996 entitled Twenty-nine Mornings. Gupta is mostly known for working with everyday objects that are ubiquitous throughout India, such as the mass-produced steel kitchen utensils used in virtually every home in the country. From such ordinary items the artist produces sculptures that reflect on the economic transformations of his homeland while acknowledging the reach of contemporary art and its ideas. While stainless steel is Gupta’s signature medium, he has also masterfully executed works in bronze, marble, brass and wood while dialoguing with found and manipulated objects that encapsulate multiple meanings and reflect on the circumstances of contemporary India.
Gupta’s works have been exhibited in prestigious museums, art fairs and biennales throughout the world. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held in some of the most internationally renowned contemporary art galleries, including Hauser & Wirth (London, Zurich, New York and Somerset), Arario (Seoul and Beijing), Pinchuk Art Centre (Kiev) and Galeria Continua (San Gimignano, Italy). In 2012 his mid-career survey was seen at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, curated by Germano Celant. His most recent solo shows include Anahad/Unstruck (2016) at Famous Studios, Mumbai, India; Invisible Reality (2016) at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, UK; and Seven Billion Light Years at Hauser & Wirth (2015), New York. In late 2015, his monumental sculpture When Soak Becomes Spill was installed in front of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London; a giant stainless steel bucket with hundreds of small vessels spilling from the brim like over-flowing water. His work was included in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston’s recent show Megacities Asia and in 2013 he was awarded the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Letters, among the French government’s highest honors, for his contribution to contemporary art. Gupta’s work has been acquired by leading private collectors as well as for the permanent collections of museums all over the world.
His solo exhibition Adda / Rendez-vous at La Monnaie de Paris will be opening on April 13, 2018 and will remain on view till 26th August, 2018.