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Arpana Caur

arpanaArpana Caur, a Contemporary Indian Artist was born in 1954. She is a distinguished Indian painter and has been exhibited since 1974 across the globe. Her solos apart from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore and Chennai have been held in galleries in London, Glasgow, Berlin, Amsterdam, Singapore, Munich, New York and in Stockholm and Copenhagen National Museum.

Her work can be seen in Museums of Modern Art in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Dusseldorf, Singapore, Bradford, Stockholm, Hiroshima, MOCA LA, Peabody Boston, Asian Art Museum San Fransisco and Victoria and Albert Museum London.

She has been extensively written about filmed, invited to various countries and awarded, including a gold medal in VIth International Triennele 1986 in Delhi. She was commissioned by Hiroshima Museum of Modern Art to execute a large work for its permanent collection for the 50th anniversary of the Holocaust in 1995, and by Bangalore city and the city of Hamburg to do large non-commercial murals in public spaces. Since 1981 she did three large non-commercial murals in Delhi.

Today her paintings support several projects for the underprivileged, including free vocational training in the Academy of Fine Arts and Literature of which she along with her mother the renowned writer Ajeet Cour, is the Founder Member. She supports a leprosy home in Ghaziabad, and ration projects for poor and old widows under ‘Om Waheguru Rishi Ashram’

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1975 Shridharani Gallery New Delhi 1979 Rabindra Bhawan Gallery New Delhi
1979  Gallery Arts 38 London 1980  Jehangir Gallery Ottawa
1981  City Hall Gallery Mumbai 1982  Chapter Gallery Cardiff
1982 Jehangir Gallery Mumbai 1982  October Gallery London
1984  Ethnographic Museum Stockholm 1984  National Museum Copenhagen
1984  Jehangir Gallery Mumbai 1985  Art Heritage New Delhi
1985  Cymroza Gallery Mumbai 1997  October Gallery London
1988  Art Heritage New Delhi 1991  Collins Gallery Glasgow (touring exhibition in U.K.)
1993  Rabindra Bhawan Gallery New Delhi 1994 Cymroza Gallery Mumbai
1996  Sakshi Gallery Mumbai and Banglore 1997  Arks Gallery London
1998  Fine Art Resources Berlin 1998  Foundation for Indian Artists Galerie Amsterdam
1998 Cymroza Gallery Mumbai 1999 CIMA Gallery Kolkata
1999 Bose Pacia Gallery New York 2001 Academy of Fine Arts and Literature New Delhi
2002  Cymroza Gallery Mumbai 2003  Academy of Fine Arts and Literature New Delhi
2003  October Gallery London 2004  Galerie Mueller & Plate Munich
2005  Mahua Gallery Bangalore 2007  Indigo Blue Gallery Singapore
2009 Mural on Tiles for outer wall of SAARC Secretariat Kathmandu 2013  OED Gallery Kochi and gallery Veda Chennai
2015 Arpana Art Gallery New Delhi 2016 Emami Gallery Calcutta
2016 First Retrospective in National Gallery of Modern Art Bangalore



Participating in group shows of paintings, graphics and drawings since 1974
1981 Executed two large murals for India International Trade Fair, New Delhi
1984 First Indo-Greek Cultural Symposium and group shows, Athens and Delhi
1984, ’85 Group shows of Indian painters sent by NGMA (National Gallery of Modern Art), New Delhi, to Japan
1986 First Baghdad Biennele
1986 Cuba Biennele
1986 Algiers Biennele
1987 Curated exhibition of Women Artists Festivals of India, Moscow
1992 Paritcipated (invited by Max Mueller Bhawan) in ‘Encounter’, parallel to Kassel Documenta
1994 Selected for Osaka Print Tiennele, Japan
1994 Asian Art Show, Hiroshima Museum, Saytama Museum and Glenbarra Museum, Japan
1995 Noma Book Exhibition, Tokyo
1995 Indian Women Artists, U.K.
1997 Indian Women Artists, NGMA, New Delhi
1997 ‘Still LIFE’, ‘Landscape’ and ‘Images of Women’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
1997 Bradford Museum Exhibition, 1997-98 CIMA Gallery, Kolkata
1997 ‘Tryst with Destiny’, Singapore Museum of Modern Art
1997 Executed large installation in Kassel for Project Gruppe Stoffweschel, ‘Tears for Hiroshima’
1997 Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi
1998 Rotunda Gallery, Hong Kong
1998 Indo-Austrian group shows in Austria and NGMA, New Delhi and Mumbai
2000 Art Forum Gallery, Singapore and Australia
2000 Executed non commercial mural on ‘Environment’ in collaboration with German Artist Sonke Nissen in Delhi
2000 Executed mural on ‘Environment’ with German artist Sonke Nissen in New Delhi, and on ‘Time’ in Hamburg, Germany (Non commercial)
2001 Smithsonian Museum, Washington
2004 Indian Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Singapore and San Francisco
2005 Indigo Blue Gallery, Singapore
2004 Executed 5 large public murals in Bangalore (Non commercial public art) for Roerich Centenary
2007 UN show on Peace, Bali
2007 Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
2007 Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
2007 Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
2008 Singapore Museum of Modern Art
2009 Asia Society, New York
2009 Beijing Biennale
2010 Louvre Carousel Gallery, Paris
2010 New York Public Library
2011 Indian Art Fair, Delhi
2012 Indian Art Fair, Delhi
2013 Indian Art Fair, Delhi
2014 Art Stage Singapore (Sanchit Art)
2014 Architectural Biennale (Venice)
2014 International Film Festival, Goa
Artchill Gallery & Museum, Jaipur



1984 Research Grant from Lalit Kala Academy for painting in Garhi Studio, New Delhi
1985 All India Fine Arts Society Award
1986 Commendation Certificate in Algiers Biennele
1987 VI Triennele Gold Medal for Painting (International exhibition)
1989 Jury Member, National Exhibition, New Delhi
1990-02 Jury Member, Republic Day Pageants, New Delhi Nominated Eminent Artist by Lalit Kala Academy
1990-2000 Collaborated with Godna artist Sat Narain Pande and for the first time in India, co-signed works with him
1991-92 Purchase Committee Member, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
1995 Commissioned by Hiroshima Museum to execute a large work for its permanent collection on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Holocaust
1995-98 Selection Committee Member, Republic Day Pageants for Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India
2001 Advisory Committee Member : National Gallery of Modern Art Delhi, Lalit Kala Acadmey, and Sahitya Kala Parishad
2009 Chief Guest for Conferring B.F.A. degrees, Delhi College of Art Convocation
2010 Sikh Art and Film Foundation, New York : The Lifetime achievement award
2011 Rotary Club of Delhi : The Lifetime Achievement Award
2014 Limca Book of Records 25 Years


Paintings in collections, both public and private, include :Bengal FoundationDhakaHiroshima MuseumRockfellerDhaka MuseumNew YorkKasthuri Sreenivasan TrustCoimbatore

National Gallery of Modern Art New Delhi, Mumbai and Bhopal Chandigarh Museums Chandigarh
Ethnographic Museum Stockholm Kunst Museum Dusseldorf
Bradford Museum Bradford, U.K. Victoria and Albert Museum London
Glenbarra Museum Japan Singapore Museum of Modern Art Singapore
Deutsche Bank Mumbai and Chandigarh Rockefeller Collection New York
Kapany Collection San Francisco Asian Art Museum San Francisco
Museum of Contemporary Art LA Jehangir Nicholson Collection Mumbai
Birla Akademi Collection Calcutta Peabody Essex Museum Boston
H.K. Kejriwal Museum Collection Bangalore College of Art Reuben Museum
Dhaka Museum Bengal Foundation, Dhaka Hiroshima Museum Rockfeller
College of Art Reuben Museum, New York Kasthuri Sreenivasan Trust, Coimbatore Artchill Galleries, Jaipur
Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal ArtsAcre Museum, Kolkata Brooklyn Museum, NY