Susanta Mandal Indian, b. 1965


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


In much of Susanta’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 actually uncanny, fearful, and ultimately disconcerting constructions. Mandal enhances each installation by balancing theatrical lights with deep shadows. Through chiaroscuro, the 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.


His works have been shown in several exhibitions both in India and abroad. His most recent solo shows include Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2015; and Gallery SKE, Bangalore, 2011. He has participated in several group shows, including Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, 2020; the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, 2019 and 2017; the Chennai Photo Biennale, 2019; Gallery Odyssey, Mumbai, 2017–18; and Bikaner House, New Delhi, 2017, to name a few.


The artist lives and works in Delhi NCR.