Latika Katt (born 1948) is an Indian sculptor who specializes in stone carving, metal casting and bronze sculpting. She is most notable for winning the Beijing Art Bienalle Award. One of India’s leading sculptors, Latika straddles the traditional and the experimental terrains in her works. She is also one of the rare female sculptors of India to create a distinct identity into this hitherto male bastion of art.
Latika graduated from The Doon School, an all-boys school in Dehradun. She has admitted that being a minority in an all-boys school gave her confidence and courage in her later years. She then moved on to Baroda College of Art to pursue Bachelor's in Fine Art, where she graduated with First Class honours in 1971. Her talent was spotted by Indira Gandhi during an art exhibition, who later encouraged her to take sculpting as a profession. She taught at Jamia Millia Islamia and Banaras Hindu University for many years starting 1981 and is currently the Head of Department of Fine Arts at Jamia Millia Islamia.
Living in Banaras exposed her to the cycle of life and death more closely. Not surprising not only its ghats “a universe in itself” recur in her sculptural journey but also growth and decay. And as insect life fascinates this daughter of a Botanist more than human life, termites and beehives become some of her subjects. Her constant muse is the omnipresent nature that appears in her creative process with a vibrancy and organic force few can emulate. Banana plantations, cabbage fields of China, snow flakes of Canada often trigger her creative process.
She lives and works from Delhi and Varanasi.
1958-65 – The Doon School, Dehradun. 1966-71 – B.FA. Bachelor of Fine Arts Banaras Hindu University; Gold Medalist. 1973-75 – M. A. (Fine) Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda. 1975-78 – National Cultural Scholarship, M. S. University, Baroda. 1981-82 – British Council Scholarship, Slade School of Art, London University, London. 1988-91 – Career Award by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi for Experimental Work / Research.
1975 – Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. 1976 – British Paint Decor Service, Calcutta. 1978 – Max Mueller Bhavan, Calcutta & Kala Mela Lawns, New Delhi. 1980 – Chemould Art Gallery, London. 1983 – Woodstock Art Gallery, London. 1983 – Art Gallery at Bomlitz, West Germany. 1984 – Two Shows at Tingsryd, Sweden. 1984 – Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai. 1986 – The Calcutta Art Gallery, Calcutta. 1988 – Art Heritage, New Delhi. 1989 – Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai. 1991 – Sculptures, drawings, prints at Chicago. 1995 – Sculptures, drawings at ABC Varanasi.
Invitees Group Shows:
1980 – Silver Jubilee Show of Lalit Kala Academy. 1987 – All India Women’s Show at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. 1989, 90 – All India Finance & Crafts Societies Annual Shows, New Delhi. 1990 – National Award Wining Artists Show at Lall Kala Academy, New Delhi. 1975-90 – Various Groups Shows held in different cities in India of Graphics, Drawings & Sculptures. 1989 – Centenary Show of Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. 1990 – Drawing Show of ‘Male Nudes’ at Art Heritage, New Delhi. 1989, 90-91 – All India Sculpture Festival at Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi. 1991 – Group Show of Sculpture & Painting at Little Theatre Group, New Delhi. 1992 – “Heads”, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai. 1993 – Still Life Show at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai. 1995 – AIFACS Annuals Show, New Delhi. 1995 – “Tree”, Village Gallery, New Delhi. 1996 – “HARMONY”, Reliance Group, Nehru Centre, Mumbai.
International Art Exhibitions:
1980 – Paris Biennale, Museum of Modern Art, Paris. 1980-86 – Fukoaka Museum, Japan. 1981 – International Drawing Show at Poland. 1981 – Festival of India, Royal Academy of Art, London. 1982 – Triennale-lndia held at New Delhi. 1986 – International Biennale at Ankara, Turkey. 1986 – International Biennale at Havana, Cuba and Brazil. 1986 – Asian Show at Seoul, Korea. 1987 – India Festival Show in Russia & Bulgaria. 1988 – ‘STREE’ Show at Moscow, Leningrad & Tashkent. 1988 – Group Show at West Germany (Ahlden). 1988 – Womens Show at Bulgaria, Poland, Greece, Cuba, Uganda & Mauritous. 1990 – Group Show of Indian Sculptors at Zambia & Ghana. 1991 – International New Art Form show at Chicago U.S.A. International Print show at Boston University U.S.A. 1992 – Encountering the others. Non European Art at Kassel University Kassel, West Germany. 1992 – Group Show at Schoos’ Gallery Amsterdam. 1993 – Osaka Trienalle in Osaka, Japan. 1994 – International Trienalle, New Delhi, India.
1973 – Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy, Ahmedabad. 1974 75, 76 – All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi 1974 – Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta. 1975 – Honoured as one of the Five Distinguished Women of Baroda. 1975 – International Womens Show at Artists Centre, Mumbai. 1976 – A. P. Council of Artists, Hyderabad. 1980 – National Award, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi.
1975-78 – Executive Member of the Sculptors Forum of India. 1979-84 – Elected from all India Artists Constituency to Lalit Kala Academy Elected as a Garhi. Management Committee Member, LKA Elected as a Member of the Plan & Project. Committee, LKA Member of the Selection Committee of Garhi Research Fellowships. 1982 – Appointed Member of Examiners Board at Jammu Art College. 1984-85 – Appointed Member of Examiners Board at Jaipur Art College Rajasthan University. 1989 – Appointed Member of Examiners Board at Faculty of Visual Arts B.H.U. Varanasi. 1989 – Appointed Member of Examiners Board at Faculty of Fine Arts M. S. University, Baroda. 1975-77 – Did a few stage sets at Dehradun & Baroda. 1987 – Henry Moore Foundation Sponsorship at London as Guest of Henry Moore Foundation. 1987 – Visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park, U.K. 1991-93 – Appointed Board of Studies Member at Faculty of Visual Arts B. H.U. Varanasi. 1992 – Appointed Members of Examination Board of Vishva Bharti, Shantiniketan, West Bengal. 1993 – Member Jury, Commonwealth Scholorship, Ministry of Culture. 1993 – Member Jury, Australian Scholorship, Ministry of Culture. 1993 – Member Jury, Chinese Scholorship, Ministry of Culture. 1995 – Member Jury, AIFACS, New Delhi. 1995 – Member Jury, Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy, Ahmedabad. 1995 – Member of Examination Board, Rajasthan, University of Jaipur. 1995 – Fellow and Member, Arts and Culture Affairs Committee, Institute of African Studies, New Delhi. 1995 – Invited to Curate the first exclusive sculpture show at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. 1995 – Writeup on International Sculpture Symposium by IPCL at Nagothane, Maharashtra. 1995 – Appointed Advisory Board Member of National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. 1996 – Appointed Jury, All India Exhibition of Sculpture, South Zone Cultural Centre. 1996 – Member, Examination Board, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda. 1996 – Member, Examination Board, Faculty of Visual Arts, B.H.U., Varanasi.
1980-85 – Lecturer in Sculpture, Faculty of Visual Arts Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi. 1985 – Reader, in Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts and Art Education, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. 1993 – Professor, Sculpture Dept., Faculty of Fine Arts and Art Education, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.
· Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy, Ahmedabad, 1973.
· All India Fine Arts and Crafts, 1974.
· Society, New Delhi, 1975 and 1976.
· Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta, 1974.
· Honoured as one of the Five Distinguished Women of Baroda, 1975.
· International Women's Show at Artists Centre, Bombay, 1975.
· A.P. Council of Artists, Hyderabad, 1976.
· National Award, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, 1980.
· National Cultural Scholarships MSU,UGC New Delhi.
· International: British Council Scholarship Slade School of Art ,London.Back to Artists View Artworks of Latika Katt