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Subba Ghosh View Artworks of Subba Ghosh Back to Artist

A painter, animator, installation and video artist, Subba Ghosh turns the convention of mainstream art on its head and invests arts with a strong cinematic language and uses the concept of hyper reality to make critical comments on politics, society and culture.


Born in 1964 in New Delhi, Subba Ghosh received his Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the College of Art there in 1984. Following this, he spent three years at the Surikov Institute of Fine Art in Moscow, and then returned to his alma mater in New Delhi to graduate with a Master's degree in 1990. Ghosh also received a second Master's degree from the Slade School of Art and Theoretical Studies, London, in 1996.  The artist has also been trained in puppet fabrication, web design and 3D animation.


What is most remarkable about Subba Ghosh’s works, as critics point out, is that in an age when artists are becoming somewhat alienated from the process of art making, he creates a distinct body of work that engages with the political through the sensorial experience of the hand drawn image.

Solo shows of the artist's work include those held at Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2009; Talwar Gallery, New York, in 2002; and Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi, in 1992. Ghosh's work has also been featured in several group exhibitions in India and internationally.


He was the recipient of the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1994 and also received the commonwealth scholarship to study in UK in the same year. Subba is the recipient of the Senior Fellowship from the Government of India.  Subba’s work has been shown in various national and international exhibitions in various countries and is in various public and private collections like the NGMA. Subba has had 4 solo shows. His work has also been featured in several group exhibitions in India and internationally. The artist lives and works in New Delhi.



  1994-96 MA in Fine Art, Slade School of Art & Slade School of Theoretical studies, University College of London, London

  1992 University Grants Commission of India certificate for lectureship in Fine Arts (Painting)

  1988-90 Master in Fine Arts (Painting), College of Art, New Delhi

  1984-87 Study in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Surikov Institute of Fine Art, Moscow

  1981-84 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), College of Art, New Delhi




  2011 'Billboards and Street Life', Indar Pasricha Contemporary Arts, London

  2009 Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2002 Talwar Gallery, New York

  1992 Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

Selected Group Exhibitions

  2010 'Cinema Verite Redux', Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, Chennai

  2010 'Logged', Exhibition of Drawings, Emami Chisel Art Gallery, Kolkata

  2008-09 'Mutant Beauty', Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2004 'Journeys', presented by Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2000 The Blue House, Willemstadt Curacao Island, Netherland Antilles

  1999 'Flashforward', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1998 'Sites', The Queen’s Gallery, The British Council, New Delhi

  1998 Group show of Artists at the Slade with Peter Daglish, Queen’s Gallery, British Council, New Delhi

  1997 Group show of Artists who have studied in Britain, Queen’s gallery, British Council, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata

  1996 Mini-print exhibition, by the British council & Gallery Espace, British Council, New Delhi

  1996 'Four Degrees in the Open', Standpoint Gallery, London

  1996 'Making the Mark', Mall Gallery, London

  1989 Group show of lithographs by the United States Information Services, American Centre, New Delhi India & West Zone cultural Centre, Udaipur

Joint Exhibitions

  2001 'Documents', with Sheila Makhijani at Max Muller Bhawan, New Delhi 



  2010 'Art Celebrates 2010: Sports and the City', represented by Anant Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games

  2009 Purple Wall Project, Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, Indian Art Summit, New Delhi

  2002 New Media Bienalle MAAP, Peking

  2002 'Private Mythologies', Paul Media Centre, New Delhi

  2000 Millennium Show 'Combine', National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  2000 Indian Printmakers' Guild at the Queen's Gallery, The British Council of India, New Delhi

  2000 Millennium Show 'Embarkations', Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1996 National Exhibition of Prints by the Printmaker’s Council, at Artrium Gallery, Whiteleys, London

  1995 Group Show of Prints by the Indian Printmakers’ Guild at Birla Academy, Kolkata

  1994 Group show of prints by the Indian Printmakers’ Guild at Siddharth Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

  1993 Exhibition of prints & on Printmaking by the Indian printmakers’ Guild, Lalit Kala Galleries, New Delhi

  1991 Group show of prints by the Indian Printmakers’ Guild, Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore

  1987-94 National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi


Honours and Awards


  2006 Visiting Artist, Painting and Printmaking, Queensland College of Art, University of Queensland, Brisbane

  2006 Paper presented, Conference on Poetics and Politics, Queensland University, Brisbane

  1999 Junior Fellowship from Ministry of Culture, India

  1994 Commonwealth Scholarship to study Art at the Slade School of Fine Arts, UCL, UK

  1994 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, India  1984-87 Russian State Scholarship to study painting at the Surikov Institute of Fine Arts

  1984 Medal, “Graphics ‘84’, All India Exhibition of Prints, New Delhi

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