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Anish Nandy

Artist Profile

Anish (b. 1989) is a painter based in Kolkata.

Statement of Work

It is rare that we get to experience our own self, even though we are all looking for such an experience. What art has done for me is that it has brought me closer to myself, if at all art is capable of doing something.


As an artist, I take inspiration from my surroundings: everyday objects and situations. Whenever I paint, it is as if the space inside my mind merges with the space outside. The coming together of the two spaces leads to the visual and emotional variations in my paintings. I have a tendency to execute my work in a sarcastic manner.

My composition usually comprises of commonplace elements. I try to arrange these elements in some unusual way which creates a visual twist. As I do this, I am always conscious of how I distribute space in my paintings and where to place those elements in a way that it can divert attention towards specific points within the entire artwork which corresponds to the emotion that I intend to communicate.

Attention is important. Without attention people become less sensitive. The quality of attention is in a deep crisis among us humans. Our attention span is continuously decreasing. This has an adverse effect on art viewing. We have been replacing the meditative space within an artwork with spectacle. Because of this, the short time difference between gesture and emotion in the artwork collapses. Through my paintings, I attempt to expand the viewer's attention span, which I believe is the fundamental religion of art at this time.


Masters of Fine Arts - Painting

  • Govt College of Fine Art, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh 


Bachelors of Fine Arts - Painting

  • Govt College of Fine Art, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh


  • Unknown 2020, an online international art camp and  Exhibition, 2020

  • “Unmesh”, a group exhibition organised by Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, 2019

  • Jaipur Art Summit, 2nd Metro Edition, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai, 2019

  • ‘Belong to the Earth’, Iconart Gallery, Hydrabad, 2019

  • ‘When Things Become Thoughts’, group exhibition at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, 2019

  • ‘Triptych’ group exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2017.

  • Finext Exhibition, Indore and Bhopal, 2017.

  • ‘Beyond Colours’ group exhibition at Visual Art 

  • Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, 2017.  

  • Exhibited in the International Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kochi, Kerala, 2016.

  • Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar, 2015.

  • Exhibited in ‘Art Mart’, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh 2016 & 2014.

  • Exhibited in ‘Tansen Kala Vithika’, Gwalior, 2015.

  • Annual exhibitions of Govt. College of Fine Arts Jabalpur,2014- 2017.

  • Art Mart, Khajuraho, 2016-2014

  • Kochi Muziris International Biennale, 2016

  • Late O.P. Jadia Award and Exhibition, 2015

Awards & Achievements 
  • Featured in Arthole Magazine UK. 2020

  • Prafulla Dhanukar Jabalpur City Award, 2018

  • Late O.P.Jadia Award, 2015

  • Rotary Club Srijan Award, 2017

  • NCZCC National Art camp, Amarkantak,2019.

  • Painting Camp on 36th Anniversary of Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, 2018

  • ‘Manjari’ camp at Tribal Museum, Bhopal 2015

  • ‘First Floor’ art camp, Jabalpur, 2015

  • ‘MKV College’ camp, Jabalpur, 2017

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