Over the last few years, the phenomenon of megalopolization has become the main theme in the works of Indian artist Basist Kumar. Employing architectural structures and urban environments in his work, he attempts to analyze the living conditions in today’s constantly growing Indian society. Kumar presents his subjects alone. In his paintings, he exaggerates the relationship of the megalopolis and the individual. His heroes are those who survive in contemporary India; those who thrive without the union of the community; and those who shape the metropolitan environment as they once shaped the natural environment. Kumar presents his content in a straightforward manner; the reading of his work is clear and concise.
From a stylistic perspective, his paintings recall the visions of the Italian futurists. While designs featuring bold groupings and large-scale dispositions of planes and masses creating a heroic industrial expressionism were described in the Manifesto of Futurist Architecture (1914); it can not be considered the main focus in the contemporary work of Indian artist Basist Kumar. He simply exhibits a sheer excitement of modern architecture and technology. Kumar, however, does not create new visions of architecture, but of an individual who has to be integrated into the visions of others.
place & year of birth
Bihar, India, 1984
2007 to May 30th 2009
Masters of Fine Art, Vishwa-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India
2003 to 2007,
Bachelors of Fine Art, Delhi University, New Delhi, India
'Reality Uncertained' - galerie davide gallo, Berlin
'De-facing', Two-men show at Bose Pacia, Kolkata. Curator - Peter Nagy
Preview Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Speculum Mundi, galerie davide gallo, Berlin, Germany
Dhoominal Art Gallery Delhi.
Ravi Jain Art Competition, Delhi.
India habita Center, Delhi, 2008
Bishwnath Mukherjee Award