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Arpana Caur - Indian Contemporary Artist Arpana Caur, a Contemporary Indian Artist was in born 1954. She is a distinguished Indian painter and has been exhibited since 1974 across the globe. Her solos apart from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore and Chennai have been held in galleries in London, Glasgow, Berlin, Amsterdam, Singapore, Munich, New York and in Stockholm and Copenhagen National Museum.
Her work can be seen in Museums of Modern Art in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Dusseldorf, Singapore, Bradford, Stockholm, Hiroshima, MOCA LA, Peabody Boston, Asian Art Museum San Fransisco and Victoria and Albert Museum London.
She has been extensively written about filmed, invited to various countries and awarded, including a gold medal in VIth International Triennele 1986 in Delhi. She was commissioned by Hiroshima Museum of Modern Art to execute a large work for its permanent collection for the 50th anniversary of the Holocaust in 1995, and by Bangalore city and the city of Hamburg to do large non-commercial murals in public spaces. Since 1981 she did three large non-commercial murals in Delhi.
Today her paintings support several projects for the underprivileged, including free vocational training in the Academy of Fine Arts and Literature of which she along with her mother the renowned writer Ajeet Cour, is the Founder Member. She supports a leprosy home in Ghaziabad, and ration projects for poor and old widows under ‘Om Waheguru Rishi Ashram’


  • 1975 Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi
  • 1979 Rabindra Bhawan Gallery, New Delhi
  • 1979 Gallery Arts 38, London
  • 1980 Jehangir Gallery, Ottawa
  • 1981 City Hall Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1982 Chapter Gallery, Cardiff
  • 1982 Jehangir Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1982 October Gallery, London
  • 1984 Ethnographic Museum, Stockholm
  • 1984 National Museum, Copenhagen
  • 1984 Jehangir Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1985 Art Heritage, New Delhi
  • 1985 Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1997 October Gallery, London
  • 1988 Art Heritage, New Delhi
  • 1991 Collins Gallery, Glasgow (touring exhibition in U.K.)
  • 1993 Rabindra Bhawan Gallery, New Delhi
  • 1994 Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1996 Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai and Banglore
  • 1997 Arks Gallery, London
  • 1998 Fine Art Resources, Berlin
  • 1998 Foundation for Indian Artists Galerie, Amsterdam
  • 1998 Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1999 CIMA Gallery, Kolkata
  • 1999 Bose Pacia Gallery, New York
  • 2001 Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi
  • 2002 Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2003 Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi
  • 2003 October Gallery, London
  • 2004 Galerie Mueller & Plate, Munich
  • 2005 Mahua Gallery, Bangalore
  • 2007 Indigo Blue Gallery, Singapore
  • 2009 Mural on Tiles for outer wall of SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu
  • 2013 OED Gallery Kochi and gallery Veda, Chennai


Participating in group shows of paintings, graphics and drawings since 1974
  • 1981 Executed two large murals for India International Trade Fair, New Delhi
  • 1984 First Indo-Greek Cultural Symposium and group shows, Athens and Delhi
  • 1984, '85 Group shows of Indian painters sent by NGMA (National Gallery of Modern Art), New Delhi, to Japan
  • 1986 First Baghdad Biennele
  • 1986 Cuba Biennele
  • 1986 Algiers Biennele
  • 1987 Curated exhibition of Women Artists Festivals of India, Moscow
  • 1992 Paritcipated (invited by Max Mueller Bhawan) in 'Encounter', parallel to Kassel Documenta
  • 1994 Selected for Osaka Print Tiennele, Japan
  • 1994 Asian Art Show, Hiroshima Museum, Saytama Museum and Glenbarra Museum, Japan
  • 1995 Noma Book Exhibition, Tokyo
  • 1995 Indian Women Artists, U.K.
  • 1997 Indian Women Artists, NGMA, New Delhi
  • 1997 'Still LIFE', 'Landscape' and 'Images of Women', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1997 Bradford Museum Exhibition, 1997-98 CIMA Gallery, Kolkata
  • 1997 'Tryst with Destiny', Singapore Museum of Modern Art
  • 1997 Executed large installation in Kassel for Project Gruppe Stoffweschel, 'Tears for Hiroshima'
  • 1997 Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi
  • 1998 Rotunda Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 1998 Indo-Austrian group shows in Austria and NGMA, New Delhi and Mumbai
  • 2000 Art Forum Gallery, Singapore and Australia
  • 2000 Executed non commercial mural on 'Environment' in collaboration with German Artist Sonke Nissen in Delhi
  • 2000 Executed mural on 'Environment' with German artist Sonke Nissen in New Delhi, and on 'Time' in Hamburg, Germany (Non commercial)
  • 2001 Smithsonian Museum, Washington
  • 2004 Indian Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Singapore and San Francisco
  • 2005 Indigo Blue Gallery, Singapore
  • 2004 Executed 5 large public murals in Bangalore (Non commercial public art) for Roerich Centenary
  • 2007 UN show on Peace, Bali
  • 2007 Museum of Modern Art, Moscow
  • 2007 Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
  • 2007 Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
  • 2008 Singapore Museum of Modern Art
  • 2009 Asia Society, New York
  • 2009 Beijing Biennale
  • 2010 Louvre Carousel Gallery, Paris
  • 2010 New York Public Library
  • 2011 Indian Art Fair, Delhi
  • 2012 Indian Art Fair, Delhi
  • 2013 Indian Art Fair, Delhi
  • 2014 Art Stage Singapore (Sanchit Art)
  • 2014 Architectural Biennale (Venice)
  • 2014 International Film Festival, Goa


  • 1984 Research Grant from Lalit Kala Academy for painting in Garhi Studio, New Delhi
  • 1985 All India Fine Arts Society Award
  • 1986 Commendation Certificate in Algiers Biennele
  • 1987 VI Triennele Gold Medal for Painting (International exhibition)
  • 1989 Jury Member, National Exhibition, New Delhi
  • 1990-02 Jury Member, Republic Day Pageants, New Delhi Nominated Eminent Artist by Lalit Kala Academy
  • 1990-2000 Collaborated with Godna artist Sat Narain Pande and for the first time in India, co-signed works with him
  • 1991-92 Purchase Committee Member, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
  • 1995 Commissioned by Hiroshima Museum to execute a large work for its permanent collection on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Holocaust
  • 1995-98 Selection Committee Member, Republic Day Pageants for Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India
  • 2001 Advisory Committee Member : National Gallery of Modern Art Delhi, Lalit Kala Acadmey, and Sahitya Kala Parishad
  • 2009 Chief Guest for Conferring B.F.A. degrees, Delhi College of Art Convocation
  • 2010 Sikh Art and Film Foundation, New York : The Lifetime achievement award
  • 2011 Rotary Club of Delhi : The Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2014 Limca Book of Records 25 Years


Paintings in collections, both public and private, include :
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Mumbai and Bhopal
  • Chandigarh Museums, Chandigarh
  • Ethnographic Museum, Stockholm
  • Kunst Museum, Dusseldorf
  • Bradford Museum, Bradford, U.K.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Glenbarra Museum, Japan
  • Singapore Museum of Modern Art, Singapore
  • Deutsche Bank, Mumbai and Chandigarh
  • Rockefeller Collection, New York
  • Kapany Collection, San Francisco
  • Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, LA
  • Jehangir Nicholson Collection, Mumbai
  • Birla Akademi Collection, Calcutta
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Boston
  • H.K. Kejriwal Museum Collection, Bangalore
  • Dhaka Museum
  • Bengal Foundation, Dhaka
  • Hiroshima Museum
  • Rockfeller
  • Dhaka Museum
  • College of Art
  • Reuben Museum, New York
  • Kasthuri Sreenivasan Trust, Coimbatore