Born 1977 in Siliguri, India

After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
in 2003, Karmakar began participating in a number of group shows throughout India. He landed
his first solo exhibition in 2005 with his from my photo album series, where he created a photorealistic
atmosphere full of titillating, androgynous self-portraits. He has been a part of several
group shows all over the world following his solo show.

His informal, yet highly-detailed and voyeuristic self-portraits, in which he places his naked
body in intimate settings, are a recurring theme in his work. Karmakar questions the notions
and formalities of gender, sexuality, intimacy and the complex relationships a person can have,
not just with others, but with oneself.

Lives and works in Baroda, India.


2003 M.A (Fine Art, Painting), Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda
2001 B.F.A. (Painting), Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

Select Solo Exhibitions

2015 Uncanny Space, Aicon Gallery, New York
2012-13 Room, Interrupted in Passage, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
Catalogue essay: Ranjit Hoskote
2011 The Morning After, Aicon Gallery, New York
2008 Within the Walls, Gallery Espace, New Delhi and Galerie Mirchandani +
Steinruecke, Mumbai
2007 In the Old Fashioned Way, Aicon Gallery, London
Whispering Palette, Red Earth Art Gallery, Baroda
2006 Interiors, Galerie Heike Curtze, Berlin
Catalogue essay by Kamala Kapoor
2005 from my photo album, The Museum Gallery, Mumbai

Select Group Exhibitions

2017 Culture of the Streets, Aicon Gallery, New York
2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, Kochi
2014 Mapmakers III: The Evolution of Contemporary South Asian Art, Aicon Gallery,
New York
Residual Remnant, curated by Rekha Rodwittiya, SITE art space, Baroda
My Sweet Lord, 1 x 1 Gallery, Dubai
Reviving the Retinal, curated by Kat Wyma,Gallery OED, Cochin, India
2013 Touched by Bhupen, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
Peak Shift Effect, curated by Gayatri Sinha, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2012 Cynical Love: Life in the everyday, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida, India
Reconstructing (White) 3, The Loft, Mumbai. Catalogue essay: Rangit Hoskote
Four Projects, Gallery Ske, Bangalore
2011 Adbhutam – Rasa in Indian Art, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata and India Habitat Centre,
New Delhi
2011 Window in the Wall: India and China – Imaginary Conversations, curated by
Gayatri Sinha and Gao Minglu, Pearl Lam Fine Art, Shanghai, China
Dolls, Sumukha Gallery, Bangalore and Chennai (in association with Art Chennai
2011), and Rob Dean Art, London
Of Gods and Goddesses, Cinema, Cricket The New Cultural Icons of India, curated
by Arshiya Lokhandwala for RPG Academy of Art & Music, Mumbai
Pills, curated by Avni Doshi, Latitude 28, Delhi
5th Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
India Art Summit, New Delhi
2010 Changing Skin, The Fine Art Company at Coomaraswamy Hall, Prince of Wales
Museum, Mumbai
Trial and Error, Abir Karmakar, Debraj Goswami and Rahul Mukherjee, Faculty
of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda
INDIA AWAKEN: Under the Banyan Tree, Essl Museum, Vienna
Curated by Dr. Alka Pande from the permanent collection of the museum
Have I Ever Opposed You? New Art from India and Pakistan, Gallery Faye Fleming
and Partner, Geneva
2009 Failed Plot- curated by Gayatri Sinha for KIAF
A New Vanguard: Trends in Contemporary Indian Art, Saffron Art and The Guild
Art Gallery
New Fables: Contemporary Voices, Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata
Long Gone & Living Now, Gallerie Mirchandani + Steinreucke, Mumbai
Threshold: Forging Narratives in South Asian Contemporary Art, Aicon Gallery,
New York
Shifting Shapes – Unstable Signs, Yale University School of Art, New Haven,
Connecticut, USA
Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
Mutant Beauty, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi
Curated by Gayatri Sinha
2008 Gallery weekend at the Baumwollspinnerei Factory Complex, Leipzig, Germany,
presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
A MAZ ING, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Curated by Anupa Mehta for RPG Academy of Art and Culture
2007 1st Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
The Harmony Show, Mumbai
Reality Bites, CIMA, Kolkata
Beyond Credos, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata
2006 Annual Exhibition of Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata
Two x Two, Sarjan ArtGallery, Baroda
Red Earth And The Pouring Rain, Lanxess ABS Gallery, Baroda
Feb Group Show, Baroda
2005 De Tour, Galerie 88, Mumbai
The Harmony Show, Mumbai
2004 Fusion, Bayer ABS Gallery, Baroda
2003 Read, Birla Academy of Arts and Culture, Kolkata
1995 Annual Exhibition of Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata


2007 The Harmony Award
2003 Awarded Gold Medal, M.A. (Fine Art, Painting), Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.
University, Baroda