Rathin KANJI - Artist in residence, October, 2017


In modern times, the real problem of space implies environmental issues. In developing countries, the adjustment to modern ways is problematic and consequently of major concern in my work. I am reorganizing space, color and form in my painting in search of a single harmony. This signifies the realization of an urban space in ecological harmony with humans and the environment, matter and consumers.

Apart from such contextual content of painting, I have given emphasis on the idea of combining text & number in my work which helps to communicate with the people. The use of multifarious objects from the consumer world like photographs, newspapers, digital prints etc. is not random but calculated, essential and precise. Multinational companies, their products and ads have made a great impact on our consumer society and urban landscape. The increasing demand for products has supported the concept and practice of globalization, which has brought the countries across the world closer to share ideas and business, which is also acting optimistically as a force to break down all political and religious boundaries.

We live in the most complex period of human history. In the past two hundred years we have made advances in science, industry, machines, democratic government and the status of women than an all previous centuries combined. But at the very same time we are facing the problem of genocides, global warming, ecological destruction, human trafficking, labor exploitation, terrorism and the most grinding and relentless poverty. I am very concerned with these urban issues, and through my work I just want to reveal all these crucial problems to the viewers.


Born 1970, Kolkata, India
Lives and works in Kolkata, India


2004 Visiting Research Fellow (Fulbright Scholar) School of Art & Design, University of Michigan USA
2002 Post Graduation in Painting, Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, India
2000 Graduation in Painting (Gold Medal) M.M.K.College of Visual Art, Gulbarga University, India


2004 Fulbright Fellowship (2003-2004) USA
Vermont Residency Fellowship, USA
2001 H.K.Kejriwal Fellowship CKP, Bangalore, India
1998 Junior Research Fellowship (1998-2000) Govt. of India

International artist residency programs

2015 Sincresis Associazione Culturale per le arti contemporanee, Empoli, Florence, IT
2011 Can Xalant, Mataro, Barcelona, ES
2010 Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos, GR
2009 Fundatia Inter Art Foundation, Aiud, RO
2004 Vermont Studio Center Residency, Johnson, Vermont, US

Solo exhibitions

2015 Scaled Down, Gallery Sincresis, Florence, IT
2011 Code Connects, Can Xalant, Barcelona, ES
2010 My Space, Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos, GR
2009 Unfold the Truth, Aicon Gallery, New York, US
2007 Urban Extents, Gallery Threshold New Delhi in collaboration with Aicon Gallery, New York, US
2006 Urban Crux, Gallery Sumukha Bangalore in collaboration with Aicon Gallery, New York, US
2005 Kanji Scriptures, Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto, California US
Urban Space, Gallery Art world, Chennai, IN
Beyond Boundaries, Holiday Inn, Bangkok, TH
2004 Urban Space, Warren Robbins Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan US
On the Spot, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson US
2003 Through the Lens, Aurodhan Art Gallery, Pondichery, IN
2001 Urban Landscape, Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore, IN
1999 Manuscript, Alliance Francaise, Chandigarh, IN
1998 Slaughter House, Alliance Francaise, Hyderabad, IN (Part of the French Festival)

Group exhibitions

2017 Ojas Art Gallery, New Delhi, IN
2016 Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, India; SKETBE Show, Thessaloniki, GR
Water colour International-III, Thessaloniki, GR
2015 Water colour Salon, Thessaloniki, Greece; Fotofever Art Fair, Carrousel de Louvre, Paris, FR
EMS Museum Art Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece; Palazzo Radetzky, Milan, IT
2014 Bengal Museum, Kolkata, India; Emami Art Gallery, Kolkata, IN
2013 Auction of Contemporary Indian Art, Hacienda Art Gallery, Mumbai, IN
SKETBE Show, EMS Museum Art Gallery, Thessaloniki, GR
2012 Indian Museum, Kolkata; Kunsthalle, Hannover, DE
2011 Can Xalant, Barcelona, Spain; Kiosko Gallery, Santa Cruz, BO
Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina; The Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi, AE
2010 Skopelos Foundation, Greece; Block 16 Galerie, Hannover, DE
Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata, IN
2009 Uniril History Museum Alba Iulia, Romania; Galerie Time, Vienna, AT
Liberty - History Museum of Aiud, RO
Inter-Art Gallery Aiud in collaboration with National Museum of Unification Alba lulia, RO
mbf- Kunstprojekte, Munich; FNCC- Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek, NA
Indo-Bangla show Birla Academy, Kolkata; Galerie El Nadira: La Decouverte Rabat, MA
Art Against Terrorism, Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata, IN
From Our Cabinets to the Museum, Gallery OED, IN
2008 Harmony Show, Mumbai, IN
Galerie Muller & Plate, Munich, DE    
Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, IN
2007 Auction at Asia Art Archive (AAA), HK
Adana Biennale, Turkey;'Eastern Edge' Gallery Aicon Gallery, New York, US
Bagash Art Gallery, Dubai, AE
Gallery Sumukha Chennai, Galerie Sara Arakkal, Bangalore; Mon Art Gallery Kolkata, IN
Gallery Articulate, Mumbai; Red Earth Gallery, Baroda, IN
2006 Auction at Sotheby's, New York; ‘Confluence’ Gallery Aicon Gallery, New York, US
Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Turkey; Gibbs Gallery Arlington Center for Arts, Massachusetts, US
Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata (1996-2010); National Art Gallery, Colombo, LK
2005 Gallery Akar Prakar, Kolkata; Holiday Inn, Bangkok, IN 
Art Mosaic, SG
2004 VSC Gallery Johnson, Vermont, US
Warren Robbins Gallery Ann Arbor, Michigan, US
National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, IN

International art fairs

2008 Altinkoza International Festival, TR 
International Art Fair, HK
Contemporary Art Fair, Dubai, AE
Roma Contemporary Art Fair, Rome, IT
2007 Asia Contemporary Art Fair, New York, US
Contemporary Fine Annual Art Fair, Miami, US

Bibliography (selected)

‘A survey of contemporary Indian Art’ Flash Art by Valentina Sansone, (Research Asst. Elisa Martelli) 2008 ‘Indian Art’ The Times London by James Collard 2007
‘Eastern Edge’ by Michael Anderson (Catalogue) 2007
‘Urban Extents’ Art & Deal by Seema Bawa, 2007
‘Urban Extents’ by Anirudh Chari (Catalogue) 2007
‘Ethos 4b’ subliminal message, Indigo Blue Art, Singapore (Catalogue) 2007
‘Indian Contemporary Art’ Sotheby’s New York (Catalogue) 2006
‘Urban Crux’ by Anthony Smith Jr. (Ex National Research Associate, The New York Times) Catalogue 2006
‘Manuscript’ by Gilles Guey (Catalogue) 1999; ‘Slaughter House’ by Jean Pierre Pagliano (Catalogue) 1998


St. Paul’s Cathedral Church Kolkata, Bank of America London, Museum of Art Michigan USA, School of Art & Design Michigan USA, Fulbright House New Delhi, Missionaries of Charity Kolkata, British Dy. High Commission Kolkata, Park Hotel Kolkata, RPG Mumbai, Bodhi Art Mumbai, Benson & Hedges, ITC Kolkata, Ochre India Hyderabad, University College London, Aicon Gallery New York, Gajah Gallery Singapore, Music Plus Mumbai, Salarjung Museum Hyderabad, Emami Kolkata, Alliance Francaise Hyderabad & Chandigarh, Institute of Mathematical Science India, HDFC Bank Ltd Kolkata, ICICI Bank Bangalore, Onida Mumbai, CEAT Mumbai, CCMB Hyderabad, Southern Bank Singapore.

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