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Rabin Mondal View Artworks of Rabin Mondal Back to Artist

Born in Howrah in West Bengal in 1929, he was the son of a mechanical draughtsman, running a family business of manufacturing milling machinery. In 1941, he injured his knee and got confined to bed. It was during his days of convalescence that he took to drawing and painting World war II cast a shadow over his childhood as he was taken to a remote village to recover. The 1943 Bengal famine had a deep impact on him. In 1949, communal riots broke down in Calcutta and he was greatly affected by the mass slaughter and looting.

His exposure to such trials and tribulations of human beings at such an early age had a deep impact on his works. And his works became an exploration of the grotesque to express human turmoil and inner struggle. For Robin Mondal, it was not the beauty and stereotypical aestheticism of art that attracted him but the ability of art to convey human pain in all its bare rawness.

Rabin Mondal`s Cubo-Futuristic angularities of form and his arrangement of pictorial space in relation to them helped him evolve a series of highly individuated human figures. His repertory of humans is essentially experimental in origin. They came out of his growing abhorrence towards man`s moral decay in all spheres of life. He has imaginatively used the thick pigment for the gem-like incandescence of the stained-glass effect we see in George Rouault.

His works were first displayed in 1955, as part of a group exhibition alongwith other leading artists of Bengal school. During 1956-58, he worked as an Art Director for two films in Calcutta. In 1962, he travelled extensively around south India. In 1964, he formed the Calcutta Painters Group alongwith Bijan Chowdhury, Gopal Sanyal, Nikhil Biswas, ProkashKarmakar, RonionRoodra, Gumbritt and Bimal Banerjee. In, 1969 he was elected Joint Secretary, Calcutta Art Fair. In 1970, he dited `Drawings by Fourteen Contemporary Artists’. .

The artist passed way in 2019.

 

Education  

1959 Completed his Art Appreciation Course, Ashutosh Museum, Kolkata University, Kolkata.

1956-58 Attended Evening Classes, Indian College of Art and Draughtmanship, Kolkata.

1952 Bachelor of Commerce, Vidyasagar College, Kolkata University, Kolkata.  

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions  

 2016 'Kingdom of Exile: A Retrospective', DAG Modern, New York

2014-15 'Kingdom of Exile: A Retrospective', Delhi Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1999 Alternative Art Gallery, Kolkata

  1993 Little Art Gallery, Kolkata

  1993 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1991 L.T.G. Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1990 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1989 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1987 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1987 Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

  1984 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1983 Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

  1982 Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

  1980 Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai

  1980 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1979 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1978 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1977 Triveni Gallery, New Delhi

  1976 French Cultural Centre, Kolkata

  1974 Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

  1973 Gallery Chemould, Kolkata

  1971 Gallery Chemould, Kolkata

  1966 Priyadarshini Gallery, Kolkata

  1965 Artistry House, Kolkata

  1963 Arts and Prints Gallery, Kolkata

  1961 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

Selected Group Exhibitions  

  2010 'The Living Insignia', Gallery Ensign, New Delhi

  2010 'Pretty Ugly', Bose Pacia, Kolkata   2009 'The Root of Everything', Gallery Mementos, Bangalore

  2008 'Frame Figure Field: 20th Century Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2007 'Still Life: Adaptation in 20th Century Indian Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2006 'The Naked Line: Drawings by 12 Artists', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2002 The Gallery Chemould, Kolkata

  2002 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

  2002 Osian’s Exhibition and Auction, Mumbai

  2001 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

 2001 Exhibition and Auction at Art for Heart’s Sake, Mumbai

  2000 The Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

 1999 The Alternative Art Gallery, Kolkata

1998 ‘10th Anniversary Exhibition of Contemporary Painters’, organized by the Centre Art Gallery, Kolkata

 1998 Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

1996 LTG Art Gallery, New Delhi

1996 ‘Water Colors from West Bengal’, organized by Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai

 1995 Galerie La Mere, Kolkata

 1994 L.T.G. Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1993 Little Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1992 Contemporary Indian Art, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  1989 Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust Exhibition, New Delhi

  1989 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1988 Art for Cry , Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore

  1988 Gallerie 88, Kolkata

  1985 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1985 The Calcutta Information Centre and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1983 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1983 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1982 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1981 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1980 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1980 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1980 ‘Miniature Format Exhibition’, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1979 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1979 Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

  1978 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1978 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1976 Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata

  1976 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1975 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1975 Shridaharani Gallery, New Delhi

  1975 Alliance Francaise, Kolkata

  1974 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1973 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1972 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1972 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1972 Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan

  1971 Calcutta Information Center, Kolkata

  1971 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1970 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1969 Calcutta Information Center, Kolkata

  1969 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

  1968 Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan

  1965 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1964 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1964 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Gallery, New Delhi

  1963 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1955 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

Participations  

  2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi   2011 ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2011 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2010 'Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2009 Annual Exhibition, La-Mere, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Kolkata

  2005 'Manifestations III', organized by Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi at Nehru Centre, Mumbai and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  2004 'Manifestations II', organized by Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

 2003 'Manifestations I', organized by Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi at World Trade Centre, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1998 '10th Anniversary of Calcutta Painters', Kolkata

  1996 5th All India Veteran Artists Exhibition, New Delhi

  1984 Tokyo Biennale, Japan

  1975 3rd Triennale, New Delhi

  1963,64,65 National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and Kolkata

 

Honours and Awards

  2001 AbanindranathPuraskar, awarded by the Department of Information and Culture, Government of West Bengal, Kolkata

  1996 ‘Eminent Painter’, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

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