Subodh Gupta was born in 1964 in Khagaul, India. He studied painting at the College of Arts and Crafts in Patna, and currently lives and works in New Delhi. The first part of his career is characterised by performance and video, both of which he gradually gave up, dedicating himself exclusively to sculpture. Nonetheless, the way the monumental dimension of his works confront the viewer still suggests a performative dynamic: as Gupta himself often says, his works are very similar to theatrical pieces. Thus the enormous piles of stainless steel utensils (for example Ray, 2012) are born. Likewise the works made with sushi conveyor belts, on which objects move as if in a choreographed dance (Faith Matters, 2007-2010). In his works, Gupta addresses the themes of the home and family but at the same time refers to the violence and inherent conflict within domestic environments. His accumulation of objects hints at the healthy growth of the Indian economy but also hints at the misery of the poorer sections of society for whom access to food is a daily battle.
Exhibitions of Gupta’s work have recently been held at Hauser & Wirth, Somerset (2016), Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2015), MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany (2014). His works were exhibited at Punta della Dogana in the exhibition “In Praise of Doubt” (2011-13) and at Palazzo Grassi in “Sequence 1” (2007).