Artist and curator Sutapa Biswas was born in Santinekethan, India in 1962. She studied Fine Arts in University of Leeds from 1981-85, at the Slade School of Art from 1988-1990, and at the Royal College of Art between 1996-1998. She works in a wide range of media including installation, film and video, drawing and painting.
Over the last two decades, Biswas has created an intensely evocative and challenging body of work engaging with feminism, cultural identity and memory. Biswas draws from a variety of literary, critical and visual sources to capture particularly still moments in time. Her influences include Marcel Proust’s and Edward Lear’s writings, Frantz Fanon’s psychoanalysis, and paintings by Johannes Vermeer, Edward Hopper and George Stubbs, among others.
She has had solo exhibitions in institutions such as Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1985); Horizon Gallery, London (1987); The Photographers’ Gallery, London (1992); Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2000); Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham (2004); and the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, Oregon (2006). Her work was recently included in the group show The Place is Here, South London Gallery, London (2017) and Iniva’s participation in London Art Fair 2017. Her work is held in the public collections of Tate, London.