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Born in 1954 in Bombay, he came to Britain to study at the Hornsey College of Art (1973-77) and Chelsea School of Art (1977-78), but has continued to draw on the richness, depth and mysteries of Indian history and culture in his work. His early work began with floor-sited, mountain-shaped powder sculptures of pure colour. As his work developed, simple shapes were seen to play with concave/convex forming, or with carved-out openings into forms that intimate unexplained secrets to engage the viewer. He has created large coloured wax sculptures which make and remake themselves in front of the viewer, and in the last decade, executed monumental outdoor sculptures of polished steel – true engineering feats – which bring earth and sky together in spectacular fashion; most famously, perhaps, in ‘Cloud Gate’ (popularly known as ‘the Bean’) in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

Similarly, his graphic oeuvre has been characterised by its use of vivid colours, sometimes exploiting pure gradations around simple forms of square and circle, at others, rich and suggestive explorations of animal and vegetable forms, intimate anatomies of plants and humans, the within and without of fissures and eruptions, whose origins and meaning are engaging, but hardly ever literal or obvious.

He has exhibited in many of the world’s leading museums and galleries; in London, New York, Delhi, Paris, Istanbul, Berlin, Ottawa, Madrid, Sydney and more. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1990, and won the Turner Prize in 1991. He was knighted in 2013.

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Born in 1954 in Bombay, he came to Britain to study at the Hornsey College of Art (1973-77) and Chelsea School of Art (1977-78), but has continued to draw on the richness, depth and mysteries of Indian history and culture in his work. His early work began with floor-sited, mountain-shaped powder sculptures of pure colour. As his work developed, simple shapes were seen to play with concave/convex forming, or with carved-out openings into forms that intimate unexplained secrets to engage the viewer. He has created large coloured wax sculptures which make and remake themselves in front of the viewer, and in the last decade, executed monumental outdoor sculptures of polished steel – true engineering feats – which bring earth and sky together in spectacular fashion; most famously, perhaps, in ‘Cloud Gate’ (popularly known as ‘the Bean’) in Chicago’s Millennium Park.

Similarly, his graphic oeuvre has been characterised by its use of vivid colours, sometimes exploiting pure gradations around simple forms of square and circle, at others, rich and suggestive explorations of animal and vegetable forms, intimate anatomies of plants and humans, the within and without of fissures and eruptions, whose origins and meaning are engaging, but hardly ever literal or obvious.

He has exhibited in many of the world’s leading museums and galleries; in London, New York, Delhi, Paris, Istanbul, Berlin, Ottawa, Madrid, Sydney and more. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1990, and won the Turner Prize in 1991. He was knighted in 2013.

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