Nabanita SAHA
(b. 1974, India)

Nabanita Saha (b. 1974, India) is a visual artist whose works have no fixed source. Instead, Saha takes inspiration from whatever images she is attracted to amongst literature, poems, music or film, as well as mythologies. She then combines her source images with her personal observations of reality, particularly within India’s sociopolitical realm. Sometimes her work borders on the political, other times the sentimental, paradic, iconic and occasionally the feminine.

Saha paints visual points such as cows, buildings and crowds of people in stark colors such as red, brown and grey. Her heavy messages are enhanced further by her use of a large canvas, presenting lesser-seen, underprivileged rural societies. During the social upheavals in her native country during the late 1990s, Saha gathered visual source material from nearby villages on the edge of Kolkata. Struck by the kindness and generosity of the rejected members of society, Saha was determined to make audiences feel their pain and suffering. Her work continues to search for answers to issues of global warming, poverty and inequality.

Nabanita Saha was born in India in 1974. In 1999, she received her BFA from the Government College of Art and Craft in Kolkata. In 2002, she continued her studies as the MS University in Vadodara to obtain her MFA. She has held numerous solo exhibitions since 2001, primarily in India and with an exhibition at Stellwerk Atelier in Basel, Switzerland. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions in museums and galleries around India, with several exhibitions taking place overseas such as at the ASYAAF in Seoul. The artist currently lives and works in Baroda, India.

Academic Qualifications
2002: Master of Arts (Fine) from Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University in Vadodara
1999: B.V.A. (Govt. College of Art & Craft), Kolkata
1994: BA(Victoria Institution)Kolkata
Grants, Awards & Scholarships
2019: Yeonseok Mountain Art Museum Artist Residency, South Korea
2017: Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, USA
2015: Artist Residency 2015 at Camac Residency France, granted by Artist Pension Trust
2013: PHKR Artist Fellowship Residency, Basel, Switzerland
2012: Elizabeth Greenshields Grant from Canada
2003: Gujarat Lalit Kala Award
2002: AIFACS award (State Level)
2001: National Scholarship 2001 to 2003 (Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Govt. of India)
1998: College award of Annual Exhibition of Govt. College of Art & Craft
1997: Certificate of Merit, Govt. College of Art & Craft
Solo Exhibitions
2013: Only in India, Stellwerk Atelier, Basel, Switzerland
2012: Metaphorical Association of Self, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi, India
2009: Earth Calling at Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda, India
2003~2005: ‘Dreams & Desires’ at Gorky Sadan, Kolkata, Gallery – g, Bangalore & Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
2001: Speech of Silence at Arts Core Gallery, Baroda, India
Group Exhibitions
2019: Three Life Place show at Yeonshok Mountain Museum, South Korea
2019: Nu-e Art Space Gallery and Jellonbok Museum of Art, Wanju-gun, South Korea
2019: Yeonseok Mountain Art Museum, Group Show Residency Artists, South Korea
2019: YSMA Family Ship, Yeonseok Mountain Art Museum, South Korea
2018: International Monsoon Art Fest, Kerala Museum Art Gallery, Ernakulam, India
2018: Bengal Panorama, Nehru Art Center, Mumbai, By Janus Art Gallery
2016: Group Show by Raina Bente, Art Basel Center, Basel, Switzerland
2016: Platographic Expressions at Mumbai, Baroda & Ahmedabad, by ICAC India
2016: The Bird Project, by Baroda Open Studio, Baroda India
2015: at ART 507, Seoul, Korea
2015: INCH Contemporary by Inch Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
2015: Seoul Open Art Fair @KOEX, Seoul, Korea
2015: Engendered Art Gallery, New Delhi, India
2015: VADFEST, Govt. of Gujarat & Gujarat Tourism, Vadodara India
2014: Women Times, Korean Cultural Centre, New Delhi India
2014: Evolve 2, Akruti Art Gallery, Baroda India
2014: Hanji Plus, Korean Cultural Centre, New Delhi India
2014: Young India, Lleshi Art, St. Moritz, Switzerland
2014: Windows for India, PHKR, Basel, Switzerland
2013: Asian Young Artists by Gallery Lexington, Busan, Korea
2013: Asian Students and Young Artist Art Festival by Gallery LVS, Seoul, Korea
2013: Festive Springs, Mirage Art Gallery, Kolkata, India
2012: Shimeesha Art Show, Faculty of Fine Arts gallery, Baroda, India
2011: ‘Celebration 2011’, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi, India
2010: ‘Dream Interpretation’, Chaitanya Art Gallery, Cochin, India
2010: ‘Purva’, Hutheesingh Gallery, Ahemdabad, India
2010: ‘Purva’, Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara, India
2010: Group Show at Ahemdabad ki Gufa, Ahemdabad, India
2007: Group Show at Samokal Art Gallery, Kolkata, India
2007: Group Show at Apparao Gallery, Chennai, India
2005: Group Show at Lakshana Art Gallery, Bangalore, India
2005: Group Show at Venkattappa Art Gallery, Bangalore, India
2005: I, Me, Myself at Kashi Art Gallery, Cochin, India
2005: Group Show at Gallery Space Hyderabad, India
2004: Camlin Annual Art Exhibition, Bangalore, India
2004: Serigraphy Exhibition at Srajan Art Gallery, Baroda, India
2004: Group Show at Venkattappa Art Gallery, Bangalore, India
2003: Annual All India Fine Arts Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India
2003: Group show, at Gorky Sadan, Russian Consulate, Kolkata, India
2003: Group show, Solo Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
2003: Annual exhibition , Gujarat Lalit Kala, Ahemdabad, India
2003: The Uprising, A Group Exhibition at Son-Et-Lumiere Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
2002: Group show ‘Artist against violence’ , Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, India
2002: Annual exhibition of AIFACS, New Delhi, India
2002: Annual exhibition of AIFACS , Ahemdabad, India
2002: Group exhibition at Manthan, Ravindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India
2002: Group exhibition at Cultural Dept., Russian Federation Consulate General
2001: Annual exhibition at State Lalit Kala Kolkata, India
2001~2002, 2004, 2006: Annual exhibition at Birla Academy Kolkata, India
1996: Annual exhibition of State Govt. of West Bengal, Kolkata, India
Residency Attended
2014: Welspun Gujarat Bhuj Art Camp at Bhuj, Gujarat India
2010: Tiara Foundation Art Camp 2010 – Mussoorie, India
2010: Navdeep Pratisthan Art camp 2010 – Ahemdabad, India.
2010: Suruchi Art Gallery Art Camp 2010 – Delhi, India
2007: Europe Tour arranged by Apparao Gallery, Chennai, India
2003: Graphics Camp, Academy of Fine Arts, Mumbai, India
2003: Artist Against War, Kolkata, India
2002: Rashtriya Lalit Kala, Lucknow, India

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