Susanta Mandal Indian, b. 1965


Born in 1965 in Kolkata, Susanta Mandal completed a BFA in painting from the Government College of Arts and Craft and an MFA in painting from Benares Hindu University. In Mandal’s works, quotidian materials and events invite viewers to witness and confront raw reality in interactive environments. His mixed media installations, which often utilize spotlights and kinetic mechanisms, seem playful but are ultimately disconcerting constructions. Through chiaroscuro, his works take on narrative and performative elements, echoing the tradition of vernacular storytelling in India, where painted scrolls are brought to life with lamps at dusk.


Mandal’s most recent solo shows include Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi (2015) and Gallery SKE, Bangalore (2011). He has participated in several group shows, including Gallery 1X1, Dubai (2021–22); Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi (2020, 2013, 2008); the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa (2019, 2017); the Chennai Photo Biennale (2019); Gallery Odyssey, Mumbai (2017–18); Bikaner House, New Delhi (2017); 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan (2015); Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka (2014); Beirut Art Fair, Lebanon (2014); Kochi–Muziris Biennale (2014); and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida (2013); to name a few.


Mandal has also worked as an artist-in-residence at Khoj in New Delhi, Britto in Bangladesh and Theertha in Colombo. He is part of the LAYOUT Artists’ Collective, which was formed in 2011 in New Delhi, India.


The artist lives and works in New Delhi.