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Sukhdev Rathod

Sukhdev Rathod (b. 1979)
Terracotta workshop, Jaipur, 2006

Sukhdev Rathod was born in 1979 and had an interest in art since his childhood. He went on to study at the Sundrenagar college of Art and then at the M S University, Baroda.

He mostly paints various everyday objects, giving them his own individuality and story to tell. He creates three-dimensional works that remind one of the painted backdrops and spaces that one would see on a stage. He lives and works in Pratapgunj, Vadodara.

Nabibakhsh Mansoori

Nabibakhsh Mansoori (b. 1966)
Patang Hotel, Ahmedabad, 2010

Nabibakhsh Mansoori was born in 1966 in Idar, in Sabarkantha, Gujarat. He completed his Diploma in Fine Arts from Ahmedabad and his Post Diploma from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda. He also received the distinguished Bendre-Husain Scholarship from the Bombay Art Society.

Mansoori’s paintings are exuberant, and at times surreal. He looks at the world through the kaleidoscope of colour, skewed and layered imagery. He loves to throw the viewer off balance and make them take a second look at the work, drawing them into his world. He has held solo shows in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Idar, Surat, New Delhi, Hyderabad and London. His work has also featured in Sotheby’s auction held at New York and at London. He lives and works in Gandhinagar.

Siddharth Ghosh

Siddharth Ghosh (b. 1967)
University residency, Bangalore, 2009

Siddharth Ghosh was born in 1967, near Darjeeling and graduated with a Bachelors in Painting and Masters in Print Making from M S University, Baroda.

Ghosh’s paintings are always filled with joy and beauty and captures the true manifestation of self-awakening. He has been inspired by the beauty in his surroundings, nature or emotions of life. Ghosh does not pre-plan a work but rather lets his subconscious work as he applies colour, letting his inner guide place a figure, a bird, a human figure or an object.

He has received many scholarships and grants including the Lalit Kala Akademi Research Grant in the field of Print Making, Artists Grant from Department of Culture, Government of West Bengal and Junior Fellowship for Outstanding Artists in the field of plastic arts by Department of Culture, Government of India. Others include the Charles Wallace (India) Trust Award to visit Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Arts, University of Oxford, UK as Artist in Residence and a senior Fellowship for outstanding Artist in the field of plastic arts by the Department of Culture, Government of India.

He has also won many awards including the National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Award in Print Today, All India Graphics Exhibition Organised by Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi and Award in IIIrd International Print Biennale, Bharat Bhavan, and Bhopal. His works are in many collections in India and abroad. He lives and works in Kolkata.

Paresh Maity

Paresh Maity (b. 1965)
Uttarayan Artist Camp, Vadodara, 2001

Paresh Maity was born in 1965 in Tamluk, West Bengal and studied Fine Arts from the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata and masters from the Delhi College of Arts.

While in school he made clay images of gods and goddesses and sold them to earn money for his education. In early years he did many watercolours of different locations like the sand dunes of Rajasthan, the backwaters of Kerala, the canals of Venice, the lake of Geneva, etc. However, he has now moved from atmospheric scenery to representations of the human form. His more recent paintings are bold and have a graphic quality, with a strong colour and unusual cropping.

Paresh has had over 70 solo exhibitions to his credit held all over the world including India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, France, UK and USA. One of his paintings of 800 ft. is the longest in the world and on display at T-3 Terminal at Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi.

His works are in the collection at British Museum in London, Rubin Museum, New York, Commonwealth Institute, London, the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, the Birla Academy of Art and Culture in Kolkata, Tata Iron & Steel Co., ITC, Oberoi Group of Hotels, Leela Hotels, Park Sheraton, RPG, Birla Group, Vatican Embassy, Noon Group, London and many other institutions and private collections all over the world. In 2014, Government of India conferred upon him the Padma Shri.

He is married to artist Jayasri Burman, and lives and works in New Delhi.

Indrapramit Roy

Indrapramit Roy (b. 1964)
Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara, 2014

Indrapramit Roy was born in 1964 to a family steeped in the arts: his father was associated with Bohuroopi, one of the premier theatre groups and mother was a sitar player. He studied print making at the Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan and painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University, Baroda. He was also awarded the Inlaks Scholarship to study MA Painting at the Royal College of Art, London, which also included a term each at Cite des Arts, Paris and Hochschule der Kunst, Berlin on Erasmus exchange grant.

He then lived at the Cholamandal Artist’s Village for two years and it was through his wife, that he met Geetha Wolf of Tara Books. Discussions followed about the dearth of quality books for children and illustrations, which led to Roy trying his hand and illustrations using warli techniques. His paintings are a repository of memories, aspirations, dreams and desires’ expressing a whole range of associative or opposing meanings.

Roy has had over 80 Group shows, 17 solo shows and several art camps and workshops to his credit. He has taken part in Group shows in London, Berlin, New York, Melbourne, Bangkok and Yangon and has represented India in Asian Art Exhibition in Macao and the Cairo Biennale, Cairo, “India at 70” at Bangkok (2018) and India Art Fair (2019), New Delhi. In February 2013 he completed a mural (12 x 26 feet) for Terminal-2 of the new Mumbai International Airport.

He has been teaching painting at his alma mater – Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda since 1995 and presently is an Associate Professor and the Dean of Students. He lives and works in Vadodara.

Vijay Bagodi

Vijay Bagodi (b. 1959)
Sat-Taal Artist Camp, Uttarakhand, 2011

Vijay Bagodi was born in 1959 in Gulbarga, Karnataka and studied there at the Ideal Fine Arts Institute. He did his diploma in painting and post-diploma in Print making and Graphic Arts at M S University, Baroda under the Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarship.

During his time in Vadodara, the British Council staged an exhibition of David Hockney’s prints which made Bagodi decide to give up painting and become a full-fledged print maker. He only did colour pastel drawings if in the mood and at CAVA, Mysore, where he taught from 1986 to 1991. The reason being that CAVA did not have a graphics department and he had to teach painting.

Bagodi has received many awards and scholarships, including the National Award in the 40th National Exhibition of Contemporary Art in 1997; the Best Print of the Year in the 71st AIFACS, Annual Exhibition of Graphic Arts in 2000 and he also received an Honorable Mention Certificate at the 5th Bharat Bhavan International Biennale of Print Art in 2001. In 2002, Bagodi was invited to the Khoj International Workshop and Seminar, where, for the first time, he experimented with creating an assemblage artwork that was sculptural in its conception.

He became one of the founders of the CHHAAP Vadodara Print making Workshop, which was established under the leadership of print maker Kavita Shah. CHHAAP is a print making studio that offers space, facilities and residencies to print makers. Bagodi currently divides his time between his personal print making as well as teaching at the Graphic Arts department at M S University, Baroda. He lives and works in Vadodara.

Anju & Atul Dodiya

Atul Dodiya (b. 1959) / Anju Dodiya (b. 1964)
Archer Artist meet, Nathdwara, 1999

Atul Dodiya was born in 1959 in Mumbai to a family that had migrated to the west-coast metropolis from Kathiawar in Gujarat. He studied from the J. J. School of Art, Mumbai and went to École des Beaux-Arts, Paris along with his wife, Anju Dodiya, on a French Government scholarship.

Staying in Paris had a transformation in Dodiya’s understanding of his own location as an artist and his anxieties on being judged by his contemporaries. He revitalized the painted surface by responding to the challenges posed by new media structure such as satellite television and the internet on the one hand, and by new artistic modes such as video, assemblage and installation on the other. He began to construct his paintings as argument, allegories, riddles, or aphorisms. He has approximately 28 solo shows to his credit across the globe including a mid-career retrospective at Japan Foundation Asia Centre, Tokyo in 2001, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid in 2002 and at the Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, USA in 2013.

Anju Dodiya was born in Mumbai in 1964 and graduated from J. J. School of Art. Her paintings are acts of rebellion and exorcism, and use the self-portrait form to explore the conflicts between inner life and external reality.

Her art is rooted in the figurative, drawing inspiration from a range of artists including poet Sylvia Plath, filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, and Early Renaissance masters Piero della Francesca and Giotto. She has exhibited her works all over the country and the world, and her works are part of various private and public collections.

Both artists live and work in Mumbai.

Bina Desai Rao

Bina Desai Rao (b. 1958)
Graphic Studio, Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara, 1979

Bina Desai was born in 1958 in Valsad, Gujarat and is married to fellow-artist Siva Kesav Rao. She has a Masters degree in Fine Arts, from M S University, Baroda, and studied Textile Design under AEP program from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

She is the Co-founder and Creative Head of a Business in Sustainable Fashion & Textile called ‘Creative Bee’ and works with underprivileged weavers & artisans across the country to train them in improved livelihood through highest quality eco-friendly textiles -handicraft production. She has done a number of design development and revival of textile projects for various textile clusters in rural India and South East Asia.

She has been invited to lecture and conduct design and development workshops in Australia, USA, Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh. She has been invited to Lakme Fashion Week and many International Fashion shows to represent India. She is also appointed as an advisor on various Committees of Government of India, Ministry of Textiles. She is the Member of All India Handloom Board and the member of the Governing Council at NID. She also is a Senior Consultant to United Nations East Africa Program and the team Leader at UNDP’s ‘Disha’ Program for 2000 Women Weavers of Telangana, supported by IKEA Foundation.

She lives and works in Hyderabad.

Rekha Rodwittiya

Rekha Rodwittiya (b. 1958)
Jyoti Bhatt’s residence, Vadodara, 2009

Rekha Rodwittiya was born in Bangalore in 1958 and studied B.A. in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda and at the Royal College of Art, London.

The representation of the female figure has been a paramount concern for her, even as it has been significant for several feminist artists. Her early years at Vadodara laid the foundations of what now stands as a politically alert feminist practice of painting. Recent years have seen her exploring archetypal figuration of the female form in a celebratory mode. The disappearance of the male figure from her work is not so much a measure of exclusion as it is a positive assertion monumentalized by the figure of the female protagonist.

She was invited to deliver series of lectures on Indian Art at the École supérieure d’Art de Grenoble and Castello di Rivoli, Torino and did a short stint at the Fullam Institute on Film and Video. She was conferred the Staff Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation Asian Cultural Council to work in USA Her work has been included in several group exhibitions in India and abroad, including the VI International Triennial, New Delhi, India in Switzerland: Six Young Contemporaries, Geneva and Inside Out: Women Artists of India, touring exhibition in the UK. She lives and works in Vadodara.

Ajit Seal

Ajit Seal (b. 1958)
Print Camp, Guwahati, 2011

Ajit Seal was born in 1958 and did his Diploma in painting from Guwahati College of Art in 1979. Post that he joined the Garhi Studio in Delhi where he learnt the techniques of print making. He also did his Post-Diploma from the Department of Print making in Kala Bhavana and joined the Government College of Art and Craft in Assam as a lecturer.

He was fascinated and focused on lithography, syncing the world of painting and print making. He also explored platography, where the lithographic stone is replaced by an aluminium plate. Animal and human forms are recurring motifs in the artist’s works. He is currently teaching in the Department of Print making in Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan.