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Installation shoot of Sunil Gawde

Sunil Gawde

Sunil Gawde

Sunil Gawde (born 1960, Mumbai) trained as a painter but his practice has evolved in later decades to include sculptures and kinetic installations. Gawde has showed at galleries, museums, fairs and biennales across the world. At the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, ‘Alliteration’, a two-ton kinetic piece by Gawde, was included in the exhibition ‘Making Worlds’, curated by Daniel Birnbaum. ‘Vicious Circle’, a 12-foot stainless steel pendulum, was part of ‘Finding India’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, in 2010; and in 2007, Gawde’s black, oversized ‘Blind Bulbs’ dominated Jumeira beach (and St.Tropez earlier) at the Special Projects section of Gulf Art Fair. Gawde has also done several commissioned public art projects, including a 3-tonne mechanized sculpture, ‘Galileo and his friends left me with these moons…’ (2012), as part of a HSR (high speed railway) Project by the Taiwan government – he was one of five artists invited. That year, he was also invited to create a public sculpture at the 'Parc De Sculptures’ in Al-Maaden, Marrakech (Morocco).

Among the other prominent international exhibitions Gawde has been part of are ‘Paris-Delhi-Bombay…’ (2011), curated by Sophie Duplaix & Fabrice Bousteau at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), and ‘SPARSHA – Touching the senses, Ritual and contemporary Art’ (2014), curated by Thomas Hensolt at the Kunstmuseum Bochum in Germany.

The artist lives and works in Mumbai.


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