Artist Profile
Profile of Arpana Caur

Born in 1954, Arpana grew up in an environment that was rich in art and music. She attended Delhi University and graduated with a MA in Literature. As a self taught painter, Arpana's influences came from her mother's writings, Punjabi folk literature, the Pahari miniature tradition and Indian folk-art motifs. Her art is a direct reflection of her personal experiences, inspired by local and world events. Capturing the essence of the day to day activities of the women inspired by social, cultural and spiritual themes, her focus has spread to many other aspects of life including the environment, spiritualism, time, life and death, the coexistence of past and present in India, communal riots, nuclear issues, peace, etc. Arpana has exhibited since 1974 across the globe. Her solos apart from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore and Chennai have been held in galleries in London, Glasgow, Berlin, Amsterdam, Singapore, Munich, New York and in Stockholm and Copenhagen National Museum. Her work can be seen in Museums of Modern Art in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Dusseldorf, Singapore, Bradford, Stockholm, Hiroshima, Smithsonian Washington and Victoria and Albert Museum London. In 2005, at the age of 51, Arpana has become a well known and much celebrated artist around the world. For the last three decades her exhibitions have been shown across the world. She has participated in group shows in Japan, USA, Algiers', Singapore, Australia, Austria, Iraq, Cuba, USSR and Germany. Reviews of her work have appeared time and again in Indian Press and TV and in the Guardian, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Svanska Dagbladet, Dagens Nyhter, Die Welt etc. BBC and Star TV have made documentary films on her in the 1980's apart from a documentary by Sidharth Tagore.

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