Jitish Kallat

Mumbai, India
Working across a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography and installation, Jitish Kallat’s work reflects a deep involvement with the city of his birth (Mumbai) and derives much of its visual language from his immediate urban environment. His subject matter has been described previously as 'the dirty, old, recycled and patched-together fabric of urban India'.

Many of Kallat's works focus on Mumbai's downtrodden or dispossessed inhabitants, though treating them in a bold, colourful and highly graphic manner. His series of 'Dawn Chorus' paintings, for example, depicts the street urchins who take advantage of red traffic lights to sell books to commuters in Mumbai.

place & year of birth
Mumbai, 1974

featured galleries

1996 - 1997
Fellow at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, India

1990 – 1996
BFA (painting), Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, India

solo exhibitions
“Jitish Kallat”, Arario Gallery, Seoul

“Universal Recipient”, Haunch of Venison, Zurich

“Sweatopia”, Chemould Prescott Road and Bodhi Art, Mumbai

“Unclaimed Baggage”, Albion, London

“365 Lives”, Arario, Beijing
“Rickshawpolis-3”, Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Syndey

group exhibitions
“Frontline: Notations from the Contemporary Indian Urban”, BodhiBerlin, Berlin

“Passage to India”, Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton, UK

“Freedom – Sixty Years after Indian Independence”, CIMA - Calcutta