Abir Karmakar (b. 1977)
Abir Karmakar has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Art from Rabindra Bharati
University, Kolkata, 2001, and a Master’s Fine Art from the Faculty of Fine Arts at
M. S. University, Baroda, 2003.
His signature works are casual and voyeuristic self-portraits, where his naked
body in intimate settings speaks an intriguing body language. The provocative eye
contact he makes with viewers communicates his interpretation of sexuality and
the fluid nature of identity.
Abir Kamarkar’s solo shows include ‘Within The Walls’ at Gallerie Mirchandani +
Steinreucke, Mumbai, and Gallery Espace, New Delhi, in 2008; ‘In The Old Fashioned
way’ at Aicon Gallery, London, in 2007; ‘Interiors’ at Gallere Heike Crutz, Berlin,
in 2006; and ‘From My Photo Album’ at the Museum Gallery, Mumbai, in 2005.
Amongst the recent group exhibitions in which his works have been featured
are ‘Changing Skin’ The Fine Art Company, Mumbai, 2010; ‘India Awaken – Under
the Banyan Tree’, Essl Museum, Vienna, 2009; ‘New Fables: Contemporary Voices’
at Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata, in 2009; ‘Long Gone & Living Now’ at Gallerie
Mirchandani + Steinreucke, Mumbai, in 2009; ‘Threshold: Forging Narratives in
South Asian Contemporary Art’ at Aicon Gallery, New York, in 2009; ‘Mutant
Beauty’ at Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2008-09; ‘A Mazing’ at Jehangir Art
Gallery, Mumbai, in 2008; and ‘Gallery Weekend’, Baumwollspinnerei Factory
Complex, Leipzig, in 2008. He lives and works in Vadodara.

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