Sudarshan Shetty, best known for his enigmatic sculptural installations, has long been recognized as one of his generation’s most innovative
artists in India. He completed his BFA in Painting from Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai, India. Moving from painting exclusively to installation early on in his career, he explores the fundamental ontological challenges presented by our immersion in a world full of objects. His installations are developed around a rigorous grammar of materials, mechanical exposure and unlikely juxtapositions of things that may belong to culturally distinct spheres. Moreover, Sudarshan Shetty’s object language eschews narrative as well as established symbolism. He has exhibited widely in India and around the world. His recent exhibitions include A Song A Story and an Empty Vessel at Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, 2018; The Cave Inside, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, 2017; Shoonya Ghar – Empty Is This House, NGMA, New Delhi and 20th Biennale of Sydney, Australia, 2016; Mimic Momento, Galerie Daniel Templon, Brussels, 2015; Constructs Constructions, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, 2015; A Passage, Staatliche Museum, Schwerin, Germany, 2015; every broken moment, piece by piece, GALLERYSKE, New Delhi, 2014; The Pieces Earth Took Away, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, 2012; Critical Mass, Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Indian Highway, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2012; The Matters Within: New Contemporary Art of India, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA; Paris – Delhi – Bombay, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Sympathy for the Devil, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, India Inclusive, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, in 2011; Contemplating the Void, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2010; Vancouver Biennale, Canada, in 2009, and several others. Sudarshan Shetty was also a participating artist in the inaugural edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale curated by Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu in 2012. He curated the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2016.