Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 | Author:

Ved Gupta is a young contemporary artist of India who has a different approach to painting. Ved is bold, fearless, and not afraid to raise his voice on behalf of the suppressed. Ved’s paintings are a perception of the reality that prevails in India about the injustices and inequalities that have been prevailing in the country for years together. His basic theme revolves around the plight of the country despite its new success of economic liberalization and globalization.

His paintings are highlighting the bitter reality and are from the perspective of the dispossessed, projecting them as heroic, albeit tragic beings. In an interview Ved quoted “I have always aspired to make a political statement and give back to the society with whatever I did. The language of art provided me with a way of expressing that and connecting with the society.”

Born in 1975 in Narkatiagunj, Bihar, Ved always weaved a dream of becoming an engineer, but he failed to fulfill it. After leaving Bihar, he traveled to New Delhi and then Pilani, Rajasthan where he spent time with a sculptor. This was the time when Ved started his fascinating journey, which led him to understand various shades of human emotions like the feeling of loneliness and desperation attached with the phenomenon of migration and this is what is reflected in his beautiful paintings and sculptures. Ved later did his post-graduation in sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Vadodara, where he got a gold medal. He has also won numerous honors including the H.K. Kejriwal award and the Kashi Award for Visual Art (2007).

Ved’s work has been featured at many exhibitions. He was among the five Indian artists who showcased their works under the ‘Best of Discovery’ section at the Shanghai Contemporary show.

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