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Subodh Kerkar

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Subodh Kerkar

Born: 26 August 1959

  • He is a Goan painter, sculptor and installation artist, and founder of the private art gallery Museum of Goa.
  • He is known for his artworks and installations.
  • His work has been displayed in India and abroad, including at art exhibitions such as the Sculpture by the Sea in 2011 and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2018.
  • One of his recent installations is the 2017 Carpet of Joy.
  • Another, a 2018 photo exhibition on fishermen (chosen for the Royal Academy exhibition), was chosen by filmmaker Bharat Bala to be the subject of a documentary.
  • He has been invited to speak at places like Visva-Bharati University and the Van Gogh Museum.
  • He began his career in art as a watercolourist.
  • He soon emerged as an eminent watercolourist in Goa, and later in the rest of India.
  • He also explored art from around the world and was soon attracted to installations and land art.
  • In 2009, he launched an art exhibition in Mumbai to mark the anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
  • In 2011, he was invited by the Dean of Visva-Bharati University at Shantiniketan, to conduct a workshop.
  • In the same year, he created a fibreglass sculpture of a robot with an ass’ head.
  • Some of his art exhibits include Pepper Cross and Anchored Ocean.
  • In 2013, his sculpture named Chicken Cafreal (after the dish of the same name) was selected for the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition and competition in Australia.
  • This was his third time getting selected there, after The Chilly (a huge red fibreglass chilly) in 2012.
  • At the India Art Fair in 2014, he showcased an artwork titled Palm Leaves, reminiscing his childhood in Goa, where palm trees are commonly found.
  • In 2015, he sold his art gallery and founded a new one, called Museum of Goa.
  • The museum features many kinds of artwork, including works based on the ocean.

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