Shobha Broota

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Shobha Broota

Shobha Broota (born 1943, New Delhi) trained as a classical Indian vocalist before studying fine art, and it’s no wonder that her art “aspires to the condition of music”, to borrow the words of Victorian essayist Walter Pater. Like our classical raagas, Broota’s canvases have a tranquility and deceptive simplicity. Her abstract forms allow for meditative reverie untethered to the confines of narrative, her lines have rhythm and subtle movement, her colours, a rich resonance, and her surfaces a texture that is complex, yet moving. In a long and celebrated career, Broota has worked in several genres – from the early portraits, to woodcuts and etchings in the ’70s and ’80s, to the more recent oil and acrylic paintings, and ‘relief’ works where fabric, thread, silk, or wool – sometimes hand- knitted – is stretched across the canvas to create intricate grids and patterns.

Broota has exhibited extensively in India and abroad. Her works are in the national galleries in India and Malaysia, and in several private collections. She has participated in residencies in Kaula Lumpur and Perth, among other places, and was invited by the Guyanese government to paint the portrait of the country’s former president Chaddi Jagan. She was also awarded fellowships of the central HRD Ministry and Sahitya Kala Parishad. She is the co-author, along with eminent art critic Keshav Malik, of “VESTURE OF BEING”, a book on her paintings.

The artist lives and works in New Delhi.

SHOBHA BROOTA

Born in 1943 in New Delhi, India
Lives and works in New Delhi.

EDUCATION
1962
Sangeet Visharad (masters in vocal Indian classical music)
1964
Diploma in Fine Arts, College of Art, Delhi.

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS
2014
“Looking Within”, at MOSA, Museum of Sacred Art, Belgium.
2013
“Vesture of Being”, India International Centre, Art Gallery, New Delhi.
2008
“A Path Beyond”, AICON Gallery, Palo Alto, California.
2007
“Edge of Infinity”, Indigo Blue Art, Singapore.
2006
“Song of the Divine”, Pallete Art Gallery, New Delhi
2003
“Music of the Spheres”, Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi.
Birla Academy of Arts & Craft, Kolkata.
1997
“Retrospective of Prints’, Art Konsult, Delhi.
Edith Cowen University, Perth.
International Studio A.F.W.A., Fermantle, Australia.
1995
“Abstract’ 95”, CIMA, Calcutta.
1994
Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
ABC Gallery, Varanasi.

Gallery 42, Delhi.
1992
Schoo’s Gallery, Amsterdam.
Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London.
1985
Aakkar Gallery, Chandigarh.

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2017-2018:
“Tihar Art Festival” TIhar Jail, New Delhi;
Arushi Arts ‘Annual Art Exhibition’, New Delhi.
“Art Camp”, Jaipur. Arushi Arts Delhi presentation in Los Angeles Art Fair.
2016 :
“India/Korea”, exchange program; “Art Exhibition”, Seoul, Incheon, South Korea.
“International Women Art Camp” Art Festival, Hyderabad.
2015
SNO Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
”Forms of Devotion” by MOSA, Museum of Sacred Art, Belgium, at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
(Also at China Art Museum during India Culture Week at China, Shanghai International Arts Festival);
“Group Show”, Emami Chisel Gallery, Kolkata.
2014
“Visual Ventures”, at Emami Chisel Gallery, Kolkata.
2013
“Art Fair 2013” by Gallery Art Positive, New Delhi.
“Women Art Exhibition”, IGNCA, Delhi.
2012
“Ebony And Ivory” at Gallery Art Perspective, New Delhi.
“Recent Works by 33 Modern And Contemporary Indian Artists”, at Suryaveer Kohli Art, New Delhi.
“China/India Imaginings and Transformations”, Macquarie University Art gallery, Sydney.
“SNO 89, Contemporary Art Project”, Sydney.
2011
“Visual Ventures” at Emami Chisel Gallery, Kolkata.
”Roots — Routes” at Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi.
“Devotion” at Art Positive Gallery, New Delhi.
“Feminnale” at Grill and Lounge, New Delhi.
2010
“Devotion-Transformation”, curated by Sushma Behl, Art Positive Gallery, New Delhi.
“Between Ambivalence and Criticism”, Contemporary Abstraction, Art Konsult Gallery, New Delhi.
2009
“Manifestation IV”, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
2008
“Contradictions and Complexities: Contemporary Art from India”- curated by Patricia Hamilton and
Peter Nagy, Western Project, Los Angeles.
“Dus Mahavidyas, Ten Creative Forces” – a book conceived and curated by Ravi Kumar, shows
in New Delhi, Banglore and Mumbai.
“Frame Figure Field”, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
2007
“25 Contemporary Indian Artists”, organized by Nicolas Vourriaud and Ravi Kumar, Moscow
and other places in Russia and also in Paris.
“Indian Color”, curated by Euri Seong at Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Korea, organized by Peter Nagy of
Nature Morte and Vadehra Galleries of New Delhi.

“Surfaces and Textures”, organized by Gallery Espace, Delhi and Ganges Art, Kolkata, at Ganges Art,
Kolkata.
“Diverse Voices”, Galleria, Hongkong.
“Annual Show” of Palette Gallery, New Delhi
2006
“Eleventh Harmony Art Show”, Mumbai
2005
“Negotiating Matters”, curated by Roobina Karode at Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi.
“Resonance”, Fifty Years of Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi.
“Roop Vidhan”, Expression of Abstract, Art Alive, New Delhi.
2004 & 2005:
"Spirit of the Century”, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi.
2004
“Devotional Breach”, curated by Peter Nagy, Sumukha Gallery, Bangalore.
2003
“Annual Show”, of Palette Gallery, New Delhi.
“Solitude, The White Show”, curated by Dr. Alka Pande, Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi.
“Kerala Lalit Kala Akademy Collection Show”, Calicut.
2001
“Kaleidoscope”, Singapore.
1999
“Senior Fellowship Artists”, Delhi.
“Abstract Schematic”, curated by Peter Nagy, Nature Morte, New Delhi
1998
“Symbolism and Geometry in Modern Art”, NGMA, India.
“International Artists’, IASG (Washington DC), New Delhi.
“Small”, James Harvey, Sydney.
“Indian Artists”, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago.
1997
“Chhoo Mantar”, Exhibition of Magnetic Art, Art Konsult, New Delhi.
1994
“8 th Triennial India”, Delhi.
“Contemporary Miniatures”, CIMA, Calcutta
“100 years of Indian Art”, NGMA, India.
“40 Indian Artists”, Tiazcala, Mexico.
1993
“Indische Gegenwarskunst”, Mainz, Germany and Stettin, Poland.
“V Tudatusaag”, Budapest
1992
“Art for a Fairer World” by Oxfam, Glasgow, Cardiff, London.
“Balder Aus Indien”, curated by Edda Bhattacharya, Hamburg.
1991
“9 Contemporary Indian Artists”,Gemeete museum Arnhem, Netherlands.
“ILSud Del Mondol”, Gallery Civica D’ Arte, Marsala, Palermo, Milano, Italy.
“Soulcatchers”, curated by Rebecca Hossack, London.
1990
“Malaysian Experience / Malaysian Images”, Kaula Lumpur.
“Contemporary Prints” curated by Antonio Muratore, Melbourne.
“Asian European Art Biennial”, Ankara.
“Ambassador’s Choice”, NGMA, New Delhi
1988

“Abstract Art”, Gallery Art and Data, Frankfurt.
1986-87
“Women Artists”, NGMA, New Delhi, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia.
1984
“Exhibition of Contemporary Art”, Tokyo.
1983
Print Biennial, Bhopal.
Art Biennial, Bangladesh
1986
6 th Triennial India, Delhi.
1975
International Women Artists’, Delhi.
Curatorial Exhibitions
2018
“PANORAMA 1”, A photography show by ORIGIN STUDIO artists, at Philipose Centre for Art and
Culture, New Delhi.
“PANORAMA 2”, a paintings, photography and installation show by ORIGIN Studio artists, Art Sastra
Gallery, Saraswati Music College, New Delhi.
2017
“WHITE ON WHITE”, experimental show of relief art works and installations by ORIGIN studio artists,
Gallery Niv, New Delhi.
2014
“SANGAM”, exhibiting paintings, drawings, clay work and music by ORIGIN studio artists, Arpana
Caur Art Gallery, Siri Fort, New Delhi.

Awards
2018
“Alva’s Varna Virasat” “Lifetime Achievement Award”, Alva’s Education Foundation, Mangalore
2017
“Raja Ravi Varma Samman”, conferred by Megh Mandal Sansthan, Rajasthan.
1989-92 & 1996-98
Fellowship-Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India.
1982-84
Scholarship, Ministry of HRD, Govt of India,
1986
Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi
1982
AIFACS, All India Arts and Crafts Society.
Publication
Co-authored “VESTURE OF BEING”, a book on my paintings with Shri Keshav Malik.

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