Subodh Gupta grew up in Bihar and was awarded his BFA from the College of Arts and Crafts in Patna. Already working as a painter and sculptor, he first received international acclaim at the 2007 Art Basel with Gandhi’s Three Monkeys, a vast installation constructed from antique utensils. Later that year he exhibited his Very Hungry God (a giant skull sculpture consisting of steel tiffin lunch pots) in front of the Palazzo Grassi by the Venice Biennale.
Regarded as one of the most successful contemporary Indian artists, Gupta frequently uses everyday objects that are common throughout his homeland to create a humorous take on the stereotypical images associated with modern Indian culture. His subjects eloquently describe the contradictions of a rapidly changing society – from the extremely rich to the devastatingly poor; from the sacred to a more materialistic way of thinking.
Gupta lives and works in New Delhi, and is married to fellow British-Indian artist Bharti Kher.