Samir Sarkar was born in 1969 in Agra. He studied D.V.A in painting from Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata in 1993 .
Achievement of Honor:
2016 – special achievement award from IBRAD ( Indian bio science and research and development ) for art
contribution for society .
2013- Colourentice & Tata Steel felicitating “Artist of the year 2013”
2000- Honourable Guest from India, Salon, International Des Artists,France.
Exhibition solo :
2017 - Jaypur art festival with solo show ,work shop, art talk - jaypur , Rajasthan
2014 The Bonding of Dream, GALLERY SPACE- Hyderabad
2007 The Red pallet, Vikalp Art Gallery- Kolkata.
2005 Between Ourselves, Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata
2003 Between Ourselves, Gallery Vintage, Delhi
2003 Between Ourselves, Caffain, Kolkata
2003 Tears of Time, Domus Art Gallery, Kolkata
1997 Centenary Celebrations of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, organized by Pradesh Cong. (Kolkata &
1997 Fiddlers Green-II, Ambiance. The Gallery, Kolkata
1994 International Conference of Forest Management and Environment, organized by Ford Foundation &
IBRAD at The Park, Kolkata
1992 Out of Mirage, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
1997 Contribution the day of 15th August, 1947, organized by All India Congress Conference, (Kolkata
( 150 National & International group show ) 1990 t0 2017 Dubai art fair , Germany , Hungary , Apparao Gallery-Chennai , narrative moments presents international exhibition India ( 7 show in different city ), joint solo exhibition in Hungary ,
Dubai- Asian art , hyderabad , Mumbai art festival , Habitat center at Delhi , DHOOMIML ART CENTER ,
ITALY – GAVARDO , academy of fine arts – Kolkata , CRY foundation presents ,Indian contemporary artist , Bangalore art fair , museum art gallery Chandigarh , Galleria M , NAGPUR/GOA/BANGALORE/RAIPUR/organized by Colourentice , Salon International Des Artists Contemporaries, France , Kala Fine Art presents Indian Arts (Gallery Lombard. USA)
Modern Figurative Painters from India (Saint Steven Auditorium, USA) , International exhibition in 18
countries artist -Italy , 12 group exhibition (23 Group in India/USA/Singapore etc.) Akar Prakar Art
Gallery , Studio 3 - Mumbai , Artists Circle, Kolkata - ( 2 exhibitions ) 2004 , Indian Art - U.S.A. -Austin.
Indian Art - Berlin. Hyatt Regency - Kolkata. Festival - Names N Art Gallery, Kolkata , Summer Show -
Names N Art Gallery, Kolkata , Contemporary Exhibition - Names N Art Gallery, Kolkata , Masters of
yesterday, today, tomorrow – Metropolitan, Ait Salon , Austin Yoga School, USA.
2018 Kerala fund org by art tune at academy of fine art
2018 Creative sarrounde by Nibana art at Habitet Centre New Delhi
2018 Sreejan present 12 Annual show at Birla academy - Kolkata
2018 - ICA present Devotion with 72 Indian contemporary artists - jaypur
2018 Narrative Movement present international pubilc art . Presented a 46-6 feet work in 2 hour with help of 16 artists
2018- Asian art house a contemporary show at Hyderabad itc hotel
2017-My next 13th solo show at Shipogram jawahar kala Kendra JAIPUR
2017-social course of cancer foundation with contemporary art - Mumbai
2017-group exhibition in Bangalore org by Asian Art House.- Bangalore
2017-group exhibition ITC Kakatiya,org by Asian Art House -Hyderabad.
2017-group exhibition at HABITAT CENTER - New delhi -
2017-group exhibition in Domus art Gallery "A MONSOON STORY- Kolkata
2016 joint solo exhibition in Hungary
2016 group exhibition in Dubai- Asian art
2015 group exhibition – haderbad
2015 group exhibition at Kolkata – chamold art gallery
2015 group exhibition j j art – Mumbai
2015 group art exhibition org by nirvana art Habitat centre at Delhi
2015 group art exhibition Delhi
2015 Mumbai art festival
2015 jaypur festival
2015 index fair- 15 at Mumbai
2015- group show the flute DHOOMIML ART CENTER - DELHI
2015- 450 artist from world- academy of fine arts – Kolkata
2015-INTERNATIONAL GROUP EXHIBITION ( ITALY – GAVARDO )
4 WOMEN'S DAY (8th march to 15th march - 2015
2015 Chemould Art Gallery- art fair kolkata
2015 A tell of four citys by dd space at ICCR Kolkata (group)
2015 Contemporary Bengal Artists- kolkata
2015 Contemporary Artists org artist circal- jemsedpur
2015 Indian art festival 2015- Mumbai
2015 cry foundation presents ,Indian contemporary artist … Kolkata
2014 Bangalore art fair … Bangalore
2014 International exhibition in 18 countries artist -Italy
2014 Lyrical Reflection - Galleria M, Kolkata
2014 group exhibition in birla academy by srijan - kolkata
2014 group exhibition by artist mindz - Odisha
2013. an exhibition of paintings and sculptures I C C R gallery (group)
2013 An exhibition of paintings and sculptures ICCR gallery (group)
2013 “Vivid Stocks” a group exhibition in Dubai organized by Art Jest
2013 A group exhibition at museum art gallery, Chandigarh
2013 Sensorium presents The Art in Kolkata, Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts
2013 A group exhibition at Chandigarh (The Art Lounge) organized by Indian Art
2013 A group exhibition at Chandigarh organized by Indian art collector
2013 A group exhibition at museum art gallery Chandigarh
2013 A group exhibition at NAGPUR/GOA/BANGALORE/RAIPUR / organized by Colourentice
2013 A Group exhibition at Lalit Kala, Bhubaneswar organised by Colourentice & Tata Steel
2012 A Group exhibition at Dubai organized by Artfiest
2013 A Group exhibition at Lalit Kala, Bhubaneswar organized by Colourentice &
2012 A Group exhibition at Dubai organized by Artfiest
2007 12 group exhibition (23 Group in India/USA/Singapore etc.)
2007 Master's Collection Art Gallery (2 exhibitions)
2006 Indian Society of Oriental Art 1991-92
2006 Bengal Chamber of Commerce (Sumani) - OS
2006 EZCC, Exhibition of Â¬n Lord Krishna (RAD)
2005 Apparao Gallery-Chennai
2004 Studio 3 - Mumbai
2004 Artists Circle, Kolkata - ( 2 exhibitions ) 2004
2004 Indian Art - U.S.A. -Austin.
2004 Indian Art - Berlin.
2004 Hyatt Regency - Kolkata.
2004 Festival - Names N Art Gallery, Kolkata
2004 Summer Show - Names N Art Gallery, Kolkata
2004 Contemporary Exhibition - Names N Art Gallery, Kolkata
2004 Masters of yesterday, today, tomorrow – Metropolitan, Ait Salon
2004 Annual Exhibition - Vikalp Art Gallery
2004 Metropolitan Art Salon
2004 Akar Prakar Art Gallery
2004 4 Man Show - Chemould Art Gallery
2004 Melanage - Chemould Art Gallery
2003 Monsoon Exhibition (Krishna Collection Art Gallery, Delhi)
2003 Chemould Art Gallery, Kolkata
2002 Indian Contemporary Art (Dell Jewish Community Center, U.S.A)
2002 Salon International Des Artists Contemporaries, France
2002 Kala Fine Art presents Indian Arts (Gallery Lombard. USA)
2001 Modern Figurative Painters from India (Saint Steven Auditorium, USA)
2001 Austin Yoga School, USA.
1998 Alliance Francaise, Puducherry 1997
1997 Art Today, New Delhi
1994 Duet Exhibition (Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata)
1993 Gallery Ukil Dey, Shantiniketan
1992 Indian Society of Oriental Art
1992 Indian - College
1992 Metro Art Gallery
91-93 Academy of Fine Arts (College Exhibitions Kolkata)
90-91 West Bengal State Exhibitions
1990 May Festival of Birla Academy
About his paintings:
He says, “All my paintings have people wearing some headgear that has a face painted on them. This depicts the double-faced nature of people. Like we see in most profession where one wears uniform, like a policeman, a nurse, an army personnel or the Pope. One wears headgear to go with it as well. To me it is the depiction of the fact that we always wear a face that is different from the real one we have. It is like a face we have to put up to suit the personality we want to project which is always different from the real one.”
For the past 25 years, acrylic color has been the main medium for his paintings. After doing the line drawing on paper or canvas, a layer of acrylic is used like tempera on it. Then slowly the subjects and people are given shape using more layers of color. “Since I use fast color, it gives a definite brightness to the figures. My figures have a definite inspiration from Egyptian paintings, thus the figures are drawn in the same form, the clothes that they wear have long lines making them look taller and in a way Egyptian. Most of my paintings are on 42½ x 48½ size which takes about 100 hours.” — he says.
His paintings, in a way are people he lives with. They give him inspiration to produce more, to experiment more and thus to create his own world with them. he depicts ,”It’s my world that I want the world to see.View 4rm different eyes ArtSpottr’s interview series: Unheard Story about exceptional Artists. They say every artwork has a story, but if you look at Samir Sarkar’s work, it’s like poetry written with colors.” Using strong visual elements and bright colors, his artwork makes you want to just sit on your couch and get lost in the fantasy world.
Traveling like a dreamer: With his dad being in the army, Samir remembers having to change cities time and again during his childhood. While most teenage would hate relocation because they have to leave their friends behind, move to a new school and start life all over again, but not Samir. Being a dreamer since a young age, to him the pleasure of traveling and seeing new cities was too strong to regret leaving the old behind. Relocating from one army base to another, allowed him to explore many cities and its culture, while feeding the budding artist inside him. Each city that he lived-in, helped him grow his visual experiences, picking up bits and pieces before he moved along.
Also, according to Samir, “Traveling so much as a kid forced me to get better at communication and understanding human behavior.” This exposure to different cities and its culture has paid him good dividend, because it has allowed his work to connect with the people and reflect on the society we live in.
Where it all started:“When I was in 8th standard, I had a classmate called Raju who was brilliant at art. His work fascinated me. It made me wonder how he could use simple stokes to make beautiful artwork that brimmed with life.” Inspired by his young friend, Samir started on his own artistic journey as a little curious kid looking for a medium to tell his stories. While he started learning by himself, living in Kolkata, West Bengal, he happened to be residing in the vicinity of some leading Indian artists. Persistent to learn and improve his work, as a teenager, he would simply land up at their house, asking for advice and suggestions to improve his work. His dedication paid off and he joined a diploma of visual art program at the Academy of Fine Arts (Kolkata). Soon after that he was doing solo shows and exhibitions, building his own signature style.
Tomorrow’s Foundation :In 1996 Samir met Mother Teresa. He was so moved by what she was doing, that he stared working with her NGO, Tomorrows Foundation. Being one of its founding members, their goal was to help kids on the streets. Tomorrows Foundation is committed to all-round development of children from underprivileged backgrounds to help them become self-reliant and enjoy their right to a dignified life. Samir was instrumental in development of the ‘TF Card Project’, a way to bring about economic independence for the children from Kalighat brothels (a red light district in Kolkata, India), streets and slums. Working with the organization for many years helped him a great deal as an artist. It allowed him to better understand human emotions and the power of bringing a smile on someone’s face. According to him, “I never understood humans could have such humility and simplicity. When you work with these children, they would tell you stories, which are often filled with pain. It makes you appreciate life a lot more.” Experiences like these give you the strength to wake up everyday and want to bring a positive change in the world you live in, and for Samir, the medium for change is his canvas.
Big Hat, Big Responsibility : Besides the story and the bright colors, one of the most fascinating things about Samir’s artwork is the hat. When you look at his work, it makes you wonder, why all the protagonists in his work have adorned something on their head. Samir believes that the hat is a symbol of power. Its helps an individual stand out; but it’s more than just a fashion statement. It puts an additional responsibility on the bearer, sending out a message to the world, giving hope to people from different walks of life. “You can see the hat everywhere around you. In the old days, the kings wore the crown, now we have the pope and the police wearing it. It’s a symbol of power and in most of my paintings; these hats bring the characters in the center-stage and help him be the catalyst for a positive change.”
A face for every emotion Like a story, Samir’s paintings have a lot of themes and messages, but the all revolve around strong emotions and relationships. These strong emotions, he usually tries to depict threw the human face he paints. He says that many of his paintings show two faces, which depicts multiple characteristics that each individual depicts when interacting with different people– “We are not the same when we deal with different people. Humans have learnt to react depending on who they are engaging with.”
Importance of Music and Family Bonding , According to him, “Music brings harmony of life and helps connect our senses.” As far as family is concerned, he says that “I have seen so many broken families, that I try to show family bonding, affection and love, hoping that maybe my painting would bring about a positive change.”