Sudarshan Shetty, best known for his enigmatic sculptural installations, has long been recognized as one of his generation’s most innovative artists in India. Shetty (b. 1961) completed his BFA in painting from Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai in 1985. Moving from painting exclusively to installation early on in his career, Shetty explores the fundamental ontological challenges presented by our immersion in a world of objects. His installations are developed around a rigorous grammar of materials, mechanical exposure and unlikely juxtapositions of things that may belong to culturally distinct spheres. Shetty’s object language eschews narrative as well as established symbolism. He has exhibited widely in India and around the world, was the curator of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 and a participating artist in the inaugural edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2012.
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