Arpita Singh Indian, b. 1937


Described as a figurative artist and a modernist, Arpita Singh still makes it a point to stay tuned in to traditional Indian art forms and aesthetics, like miniaturist painting and different forms of folk art, employing them in her work regularly. Afflicted by the problems that are faced each and every day by women in her country and the world in general, Singh paints the range of emotions that she exchanges with these subjects – from sorrow to joy and from suffering to hope – providing a view of the ongoing communication she maintains with them.


Since her first solo exhibition in 1972 at Kunika Chemould Gallery, New Delhi, Singh’s work has been featured regularly in shows of Indian art held in the country and internationally. These include exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1982; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, in 1986; in Geneva in 1987; and at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, in 1993. She has also participated in the 3rd and 4th Triennials in New Delhi; the 1987 Havana Biennale; and the Indo-Greek Cultural Exhibition in Greece in 1984. Her works have also been exhibited at‘Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art’at Grosvenor Gallery, London, in 2009; ‘Kalpana: Figurative Art in India’presented by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at Aicon Gallery, London, in 2009; ‘The Root of Everything’at Gallery Mementos, Bangalore, in 2009; and ‘Modern and Contemporary Indian Art’ at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2006. More recently, her work has been featured at the Freize Art Fair, New York, in 2019; the Talwar Gallery, New York, in 2018 and 2017; Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2015; and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 2014, among others. Most recently, a retrospective was held at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, in 2019, where Singh presented a stellar body of works reflecting a lifetime of practice, which was met with stupendous critical acclaim.


Singh has won several awards throughout her career, including at the 1981–82 All-India Drawing Exhibition in Chandigarh, the 1987 Algeria Biennale, and the 1991 Parishad Samman from the Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi.


The artist lives and works in New Delhi.


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