I grew up on a regular diet of stories of my family from the pre-partition era, which supplied me with a store of memories. All these memories are somehow transformed in my works through symbolic representations. I am concerned with how cultural destruction travels through generations and, as a migrant artist, I deal with the complexities and conflicts of being an"outsider". My work involves using local natural material and found objects, which echo cultural and personal associations. Recently, I have started working on a project, which is based on "architectural trash". I consider architecture as one of the most important disciplines depicting "cultural identity". I collect found objects from the remains of abandoned and disused buildings to which I apply a photo transfer process. The images I work with are sourced locally, these depict the architecture of the surrounding area that are slowly vanishing. These, to me are like memories of my people and their lost culture.
KRUPA S MAKHIJA
(Born. 1983, Patan, North Gujarat)
2005: BFA in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University,Baroda.
2007: MFA in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University, Baroda.
2005 Group show at Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda
2005 Gujarat state Lalit Kala Akademi exhibition, Ahemedabad.
2006 Gujarat state Lalit Kala Akademi exhibition (Printmaking), Ahemedabad
2008 50th National Art Exhibition at Chandigarh By National Lalit kala Akademi, Delhi
2008 Harmony art show at Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai
2008 “Freshly Squeezed” group show at Suchitra art Gallery, Mumbai
2008 “SEE YOU AGAIN” group show at cymroza art Gallery organized by osmosis art gallery, Mumbai.
2008 “SEE YOU AGAIN” Part 3 group show at Osmosis art gallery, Mumbai
2008 “THE TRIUMPH OF SUBURBIA” at Hirji art Gallery , Mumbai
2009 51st National Exhibition of Art ,Panaji, Goa Organized by Lalit Kala Akademi. New Delhi.
2009 ‘Beyond the wires’, viewing room art gallery, Mumbai
2009 ‘Stylefile’ show organized by RPG Entererprise at Kolkata .
2010‘I-SO-LATED’ two man show at osmosis Gallery, Mumbai.
2010 ‘Tathagat’ at Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda
2010 ‘We Walk…’ at Amdavad ni gufa organized By Catharsis art gallery, Ahemedabad.
2010 ‘Intrepid Dreamers’ at Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi.
2010 ‘Gen Next V’ Aakriti Art Gallery, Organized by Emami Chisel Art Pvt Ltd.at Kolkata
2010 ‘Gallery collection’ group show at Museum Gallery, organized by The FineArt Company, Mumbai
2010 ‘Beauty looking into the eyes of the Beholder….’ at Exhibition Hall,Faculty of Fine Arts,M.S.University, Baroda
2010 ‘Anecdotic’ at Jehangir art gallery, Mumbai.
2010 ‘Landscape of new desires’ at Scarecrow art Gallery, Mumbai.
2011 ‘Intravenous Drip’ at Amdavad ni gufa, Ahemedabad.
2011 9th International Biennial of print, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.
2012 ‘Banyan art show’ at faculty of fine arts, M.S. University, Baroda.
2012 ‘Yeosu International Art Festival, South Korea.
2012 ‘Trace Back’ exhibition at changdong art studio, seoul, S-Korea.
2013 ‘ASYAAF’ Asian Students and young artists art festival organized by Gallery LVS, Seoul, South Korea.
2013 ‘ASIAN YOUNG ARTIST’ show at Gallery Lexington at Busan, South Korea.
2014 ’Gennext’ at Aakriti art gallery, New Delhi.
2014’ International biennal of small graphics, Romania
2015 ‘ Earth’, Indo-Israel show at Faculty of fine arts, Baroda and at ‘Amdavad ni gufa’, Ahemedabad.
Awards and Scholarships
2004-05 Nasreen Mohammedi Scholarship for Painting
2005 Gujarat State Lalit kala Akademi award for Painting In (Artist category)
2006 Gujarat State Lalit kala Akademi award for Printmaking in Artist category
2008 Harmony Excellence Award for emerging Artist of the year for painting
2009 National Award in Painting from Lalit Kala Akedemi (National Akademi of Art India) Govt. of India
Residency and fellowships
2010 Junior artist fellowship by Ministry of Culture, Govt.of India.
2012 Asia Pacific artists fellowship programme,at changdong art studio, National Museum of Contemporary art, South Korea.
2014 ‘KHOJ’ residency at Badu, Kolkata
Camps & Workshops
2010 National Artists Camp of Lalit Kala Akademi ,Delhi, at Raipur (Chhatisgarh)
2011 Lalit kala Regional painting camp at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.
2011 All India artist camp at Malshej,Organized by ICAC at Maharashtra.