Atul Dodiya Indian, b. 1959


Born in 1959 in Mumbai, Atul Dodiya trained at the Sir J.J. School of Art, 1982, and École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1991–92, and is widely considered one of India’s most significant artists. Dodiya’s proclivity for the avant-garde nurtures his practice with myth-like, often poetic interpretations of encyclopaedic ideas and interconnected cultural contexts, which he cultivates through complex social, political and art historical arrangements, juggling various image economies as a kind of cultural inheritance.


Dodiya has presented numerous solo shows around the world, including at Gallerie Templon, Paris (2023); Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai (2022); Vadehra Art Gallery (2020, 2017, 2010, 2007); Galerie Templon, Brussels (2015, 2012); Nature Morte, Berlin (2010); Bose Pacia, New York (2005, 2003) among others, as well as mid-career retrospectives at the  Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati (2013); Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid (2002); and the Japan Foundation Asia Centre, Tokyo (2001). Major survey shows of his work have been held at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi (2013) and Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai (2014).


He has participated in the India Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale (2019); 1st Kochi–Muziris Biennale (2012); 7th Asia Pacific Triennale, Brisbane (2012); Biennale Jogja XI (2011); 3rd  Moscow Biennale (2009); 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008); Documenta12 (2007); 51st Venice Biennal (2005); and the 1st Yokohoma Triennal (2001).


His work is included in several prominent collections, including the National Gallery Singapore; Ishara Art Foundation and the Prabhakar Collection, Dubai; the Guggenheim Museum; the Herwitz Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon; Detroit Institute of Arts, USA; Kunsthaus, Zurich; Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania, Australia; Burger Collection, Berlin and Hong Kong; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Mumbai; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; and Museum M+, Hong Kong, among others.


A major monograph on Atul Dodiya, published by Prestel Verlag and Vadehra Art Gallery, released in January 2014.


The artist lives and works in Mumbai, India.

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