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. His works become a philosphical reflection and an aesthetic 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 Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan and later at the Camberwell College of Arts, London through the Charles Wallace India Trust award. 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 the architecture of Santiniketan started from his MFA studies and has culminated in a publication – Architecture of Santiniketan : Tagore’s Concepts of Space. In 2011 he received the BRIC scholarship and in 2016 a Pro-Helvetia grant for research in Switzerland. His has had solo exhibitions 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 a Paris Connection.
The artist lives and works in New Delhi.