Gigi Scaria Indian, b. 1973
Gigi Scaria was born in Kothanalloor, a village in southern Kerala, India, in 1973. In 1995, after completing a bachelor’s of fine arts degree at the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, Scaria moved to New Delhi where he undertook a master’s of arts at Jamia Millia Islamia. In the mid 1990s, while establishing his career as a professional artist, Scaria also illustrated children’s books and taught art at an experimental school in New Delhi. By 2000, increased international exposure was accompanied by prestigious residency opportunities and solo exhibitions in India, Germany, America, Hungary, the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Scaria’s creative repertoire includes painting, photography, installation, sculpture and video.
His noteworthy group participations include the Ishara Art Foundation, Dubai (2019), the 54th Venice Biennale, the Prague Biennale and 3rd Singapore Biennale in 2011, the Oz Asia Festival Exhibition in 2012 and the Kochi Muziris Biennale in 2014, among others. Gigi Scaria was a 2012 University of Melbourne Macgeorge Fellow, was awarded an Inlaks Scholarship in 2002, and has completed a number of residencies, including Circulating AiR, Stiftelsen 3.14, Bergen, Norway (2016); the National Art Studio, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Chantong, Seoul, Korea (2007–08); CCA7 (Caribbean Contemporary Arts), Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies (2005); Khoj studios, Khirkee Village, New Delhi (2004); and Unidee at Cittadellarte, Foundation Pistoletto, Biella, Italy (2002).
In 2017, his major solo exhibition was held at Aicon Gallery, New York. He has also featured his work in a number of solo shows and independent installations, including Gallery Chemould (Mumbai); Vadehra Art Gallery (New Delhi); Videospace Budapest; the Smart Museum of Art, the University of Chicago; and Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, USA, among others.
The artist lives and works in Delhi.