ABIR KARMAKAR

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 photo-realistic 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.

Education

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

2008 Within the Walls, Gallery Espace, New Delhi and Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

2007 In the Old Fashioned Way, Aicon Gallery, London
2007 Whispering Palette, Red Earth Art Gallery, Baroda
2007 Interiors, Galerie Heike Curtze, Berlin, Germany

2005 from my photo album, The Museum Gallery, Mumbai

Select Group Exhibitions

2011 Window in the Wall: India and China – Imaginary Conversations, curated by Gayatri Sinha and Gao Minglu, Pearl Lam Fine Art, Shanghai, China
2011 Dolls, Sumukha Gallery, Bangalore and Chennai (in association with Art Chennai 2011), and Rob Dean Art, London
2011 Of Gods and Goddesses, Cinema, Cricket The New Cultural Icons of India, curated by Arshiya Lokhandwala for RPG Academy of Art & Music, Mumbai
2011 Pills, curated by Avni Doshi, Latitude 28, Delhi
2011 5th Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2011 India Art Summit, New Delhi

2010 Changing Skin, The Fine Art Company at Coomaraswamy Hall, Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai
2010 Trial and Error, Abir Karmakar, Debraj Goswami and Rahul Mukherjee, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda
2010 INDIA AWAKEN: Under the Banyan Tree, Essl Museum, Vienna
Curated by Dr. Alka Pande from the permanent collection of the museum
2010 Have I Ever Opposed You? New Art from India and Pakistan, Gallery Faye Fleming and Partner, Geneva

2009 A New Vanguard: Trends in Contemporary Indian Art, Saffron Art and The Guild Art Gallery
2009 New Fables: Contemporary Voices, Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata
2009 Long Gone & Living Now, Gallerie Mirchandani + Steinreucke, Mumbai
2009 Threshold: Forging Narratives in South Asian Contemporary Art, Aicon Gallery, New York
2009 Shifting Shapes – Unstable Signs, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
2009 PANORAMA: INDIA at ARCO_Madrid, Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2009 Mutant Beauty, Curated by Gayatri Sinha, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

2008 Gallery weekend at the Baumwollspinnerei Factory Complex, Leipzig, Germany, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
2008 A MAZ ING, Curated by Anupa Mehta for RPG Academy of Art and Culture, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2007 1st Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2007 The Harmony Show, Mumbai
2007 Reality Bites, CIMA, Kolkata
2007 Beyond Credos, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata

2006 Annual Exhibition of Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata
2006 Two x Two, Sarjan ArtGallery, Baroda
2006 Red Earth And The Pouring Rain, Lanxess ABS Gallery, Baroda
2006 Feb Group Show, Baroda

2005 De Tour, Galerie 88, Mumbai
2005 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

Awards

2007 The Harmony Award

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