Analgesic Studies - 51, 2005-2007
Oil, acrylic, ink, glitter and flame on board
70 x 50 cm

artist profile

Jitish Kallat



lives and works

Mumbai, India


BFA, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, India 1996

about the artist

Out of the urban dystopia that is his native India, Jitish Kallat extracts news reports, sociological phenomena, historical events, and efforts of modernization, as well as feats of survival to make pensive yet brutal, painful yet honest statements through his variegated body of work, which includes photographs, paintings, installations, and videos. The artist’s dogged commitment to a certain level of figurative realism in his art allows for the realistic depiction of the underbelly of society. Lining his narratives that collectively paint a picture of a nation plagued with an array of socioeconomic problems is a robust sense of hope for its future and admiration for its populace. Recipient of many honors, such as a fellowship at the Sir J. J. School of Art, the Provogue Society Young Achiever’s Award, the Sanskriti Award, and others, Kallat has achieved unparalleled success early on in his career. He also writes for art journals and is a trustee of the India Foundation for the Arts. In addition to a prolific exhibition history in various galleries and museums in India, he boasts an impressive record of shows held in prestigious art venues all over the world. Among these are the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, USA; the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan; the Royal Academy of Arts in London, UK; and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany.

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Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Centre International Modern Art, Calcutta, India

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan

Initial Access Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton, UK

Museum of Contemporary Art - Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, USA

National Gallery of Modern Art - Mumbai, India

National Gallery of Modern Art - New Delhi, India

JITISH KALLAT | 2nd Kochi Muziris Biennale

Jitish Kallat has been selected as the curator for the second edition of India’s only biennale, the Kochi Muziris Biennale, which will take place in 2014. [more]