Chaitanya, 2006
Powder coated mild steel, watercolor, charcoal, marble dust on paper
244 x 122 x 13 cm

artist profile

Atul Dodiya



lives and works

Mumbai, India


BFA, Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai, India, 1982
École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1991–92

about the artist

Throughout his career, Atul Dodiya has been piecing together compositions using fragments from his life as well as his nation’s sociology, its high and low culture, and its emblematic hero, Gandhi. Gradually, the artist has also introduced allusions to Western modern and contemporary art into his canvasses and assemblages through juxtaposition and appropriation. Dodiya’s fascination with Western art history was reinforced during the time he spent in Paris between 1991 and 1992 after his undergraduate training, a result of a scholarship awarded to him by the French government. A forefather of Indian contemporary art, Dodiya has proved to be a definitive and resounding influence on the younger generations that have emerged in recent years. In recognition of his contributions and achievements, he received the Sanskriti Award and the Raza Award in his home country. His work has also been included in many international exhibitions featuring contemporary Indian art. Solo shows have been held at the Japan Foundation Asia Center in Tokyo, Japan; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain; and the Singapore Tyler Print Institute in Singapore. He was also featured in the inaugural exhibition of Roundabout held at the City Gallery Wellington in New Zealand in 2010.

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2012GROUP Aviraam: Celebrating the Pioneer Spirit- SH Raza at 90, presented by The Raza Foundation at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

2011GROUP Against All Odds: A Contemporary Response to the Historiography of Archiving Collecting, and Museums in India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India

2010GROUP Finding India: Art For The New Century, Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan

GROUP Urban Manners - 2, SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil

GROUP Roundabout, City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

GROUP The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

2009GROUP Life is A Stage, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art, Mumbai, India

GROUP India Xianzai, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

GROUP 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia

2007GROUP Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany

GROUP Urban Manners, Spazio D’arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

2006GROUP Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive BAM/PFA, USA

GROUP Edge of Desire - Recent Art in India, Asia Society/Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA

GROUP Hungry God, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Korea; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

2004GROUP Looking Both Ways - Contemporary Artists from Africa, Museum for African Art, New York, USA

2003GROUP - New Perspectives from India, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany

2002GROUP Secular Practice: Recent Art from India, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

GROUP Capital & Karma, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

SOLO Atul Dodiya, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía MNCARS, Madrid, Spain

2001GROUP Yokohama Triennale, Tokyo, Japan

Anand Bazar Patrika Group, India

RPG Enterprises, India

The Times of India group, India