Paribartana Mohanty

India, 1982

Rising talent, Paribartana Mohanty works with a variety of mediums including video, performance, painting and sculpture. The artist’s subject matter is often a visual representation of figures, places or situations that have deeply inspired him. His vibrant colours and description are supernatural, creating new life scenarios for the theme of everyday life in India. Mohanty‘s essence is ludic, dramatically staging a contradictory reality; the artist’s uncanny universe is unique. The fictive dialogues pay attention to typologies through detail, which speak with multiple voices and have enabled him to engage in public and community art projects accessible to all audiences.

Born in 1982 in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, Paribartana Mohanty pursued his BFA in Printmaking at the Dhauli College of Art and Craft and his MA in Art History at National Museum Institute in New Delhi. He has participated in several group exhibitions including ‘To be continued...’ at Volte Gallery in India, ‘Outset The Present is Now’ on an online art space for college students, besides partaking in residencies at Sandarbh in India and at PROGR in Switzerland. Mohanty was a recipient of the Foundation of Indian Contemporary Art (FICA)’s Emerging Artist Award in 2010 and the Sarai CSDS City Studio Fellowship. Mohanty has also won a three-month residency in Switzerland to hone his skills; all his paintings were sold before his solo show began in Delhi upon his return. His video works have been screened at multiple film festivals. The artist lives and works in New Delhi, India.

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The Famous Wig

The Famous Wig, 2011