Harendra Kushwaha

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Harendra Kushwaha

Harendra Kushwaha’s art is constructed from paper which he cuts painstakingly into wafer-thin strips, colours with graphite or pigment, and sometimes weaves or stitches with cotton thread. This process of immersive making is intrinsic to Kushwaha’s practice, which is rooted in the local – the remote village in Nepal where he grew up before moving to Kolkata to study and make art, and where his family still lives. Often, his paper relief sculptures evoke the textures or contours of the Nepal countryside – the terrace farms which form ridges along the Terai hills, the straggly hay laid out to dry under the roof, the matted walls of humble village homes, etc. Even the paper Kushwaha uses is a handmade variety made in Nepal.

Kushwaha was the recipient of the prestigious CIMA award in 2017.

 

HARENDRA KUMAR KUSHWAHA

BORN in 1980 in Sarlahi district, Nepal
Lives and works in Kolkata

Education:

2015
Master of Fine Arts (painting) – Rabindra Bharati University (RBU), Kolkata

2013
Bachelor of Fine Arts (painting) – RBU, Kolkata

Solo exhibition:

2019
A Piece of Nothing – Works by Harendra Kumar Kushwaha, CIMA Gallery, Kolkata

Group exhibitions :

2017

RESPONSE – 25th Anniversary Exhibition of CIMA, GEM Cinema, Kolkata
The Kolkata Arts Festival

2016

‘Chai Chronicles’ humble clay cup – The bhaar, Range Art Gallery, Kolkata
Exposition of objects D’ Art, Harrington Art Center, Kolkata
Momentum : Experimental art festival at Range art gallery, Kolkata

2015

Annual Exhibition of RBU at ICCR Nandalal Bose Gallery, Kolkata

2014

Annual Exhibition of RBU at Emami Chisel Art Gallery, Kolkata

2013

Group Exhibition of ICCR Scholar at ICCR Rabindranath Gallery, Kolkata

2013

Annual Exhibition of RUB at Nandalal Bose Gallery, Kolkata

2012

Annual Exhibition of RBU at Town hall, Kolkata

2011

Annual Exhibition of RBU at Town Hall, Kolkata

2010

Annual Exhibition of RUB at Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata

Residencies

2018

The Lunapoets Express – Expression Expedition : A Cross-Disciplinary project Kathmandu-Dhankuta

2017

Indo-European Residency Project, Kolkata, organised by Alliance Française du Bengale, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata, CIMA Gallery and Visva Bharati, Kala Bhavana

Workshops :

2015

International painting workshop organised by RBU

Award:

2017

The CIMA AWARD

2015

Best Painting award in Annual Exhibition of RBU.

2013

Best Painting award in Annual Exhibition of RBU.

Scholarship:

2009

General Scholarship Scheme, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi

 

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