Samit Das, born in 1970 in Jamshedpur, specializes in Painting, Photography, Collages and Artist’s Books creating multi-sensory environments through art and architectural installations. His fascination with the act of excavation has led him to build his own personal archives which he links to the larger context of architecture, urbanism, history and memory resulting in documentation. His works become a philosphical reflection and an aesthetical composition with an interplay between traditional practice and modernity. His unique visual vocabulary through its many layered textures and abstracted forms become a testament to his deep interest in archiving and documenting.
Das studied Fine Arts from Santiniketan Kala Bhavan and Post Experience Program from Camberwell College of Arts, London through British Council Scholarship [ CWIT]. He has held several solo shows and has been a part of numerous curated shows and projects in New York, Paris, London, Singapore, Senegal [Dakar Biennale], New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. He has documented the Tagore House Museum in Kolkata [1999-2001]
His research on Santiniketan Architecture started from his MFA Studies, has culminated into a publication titled –Architecture of Santiniketan : Tagore’s Concepts of Space. In 2011 he received the BRIC scholarship and in 2016 the Prohelvetia grant for Switzerland. His most recent solo exhibit has been at Clark House Initiative and Tarq in Mumbai (India).
He has also been awarded the Pernod Ricard Fellowship for 2017 to work on Modern Indian Masters Painters with Paris Connection.
The artist lives and works in New Delhi.