Sutapa Biswas

b. 1962, India

Sutapa Biswas (b. Santiniketan, India) is a British Indian conceptual artist, who works across a range of media including painting, drawing, film and time-based media. Her practice questions the complexities of racial and gendered power relations born out of tangled colonial histories and Biswas has developed a powerful language in her practice that transcends questions of histories, time, and space. 

Biswas participated in the emergence of the Black Arts Movement in Britain in the mid-1980s being selected immediately following her graduation for the landmark exhibition curated by Lubaina Himid, Thin Black Line at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 1985. 

She has exhibited extensively internationally, and her recent solo shows include Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge University (2022), Autograph, London (2022), the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2021), the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2000), Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham (2004), and the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, Oregon (2006). She has shown at numerous group exhibitions including: From Tarzan To Rambo,Tate Modern, London (2002-2003), Art Through the Eye of A Needle, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2001), The Unmapped Body: 3 Black British Artists, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven (1998), and the 6th Havana Biennale, Cuba (1997), Melbourne International Arts Festival (2006). Biswas was a Fellow at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 1990 and 1992. She is currently a Reader at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London and lives and works in London.


Sutapa Biswas: Lumen
The New Art Gallery Walsall
23 Jul-30 Oct 2022
Medium and Memory
HackelBury Fine Art
7 Sep-18 Nov 2023
The Time of Our Lives
Drawing Room
25 Jan-21 Apr 2024


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