Muktinath Mondal uses public culture to portray living conditions, faith, spiritual beliefs, means of communication and livelihood in his works. He has a propensity to document his works and then use various concerns relating to that of public ethnicity, customs and their various demonstrations.

The artist mixes the new and the old and plays with the conflicts of modernity and tradition to provoke thought. His 'Satyavahana Series' refers to this idea using 'pithoro toys' within the scheme of a landscape and calling these ancestors, protectors of the 'Saviours'. He uses direct and indirect speech to express his thoughts and subject matter, playing a balancing act between contentment and regret. Superstition can also make up the concept of what we visualize as public culture. In the 'Spirit of Anticipation' series the artist gave a lot of attention to spiritual beliefs and the commodities that they use.

Besides glorifying everyday people, Mondal uses objects metaphorically in his paintings to epitomize the debarred, that are still considered bleak, desolate, helpless and are constantly struggling for survival. He paints portraits of street children named after famous freedom fighters, in the 'The Great Indian Folklore' which celebrates this grand hopes of India.

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MUKTINATH MONDAL

B:1982, Tulia (West Bengal) India

EDUCATION:

Bachelors in Fine Art, Indira Kala Sangeet Viswa Vidyalaya, Chhattisgarh,  India, 2005
Masters in Fine Art, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India, 2007 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2011 
“Fresh from Tulia”,  Exhibit 320, New Delhi

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2014 
“Art Chennai”, presented by Exhibit 320 at Art Chennai, India
“Artchiving” curated by Ranjita Chaney, Exhibit 320, New Delhi  
“ Resist-Reinterpret-Reconstruct-Recontextualize”, Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda
“Tagore's Post Office”, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany
“Scapes: City/ Land” curated by Karishma Shah, Science Centre,  Surat, India

2013
Baroda at Cross Roads-“ Paths and Pathways” Curated by Parnab Mukherjee, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata                                                             
“The Baroda March”, CSMVS Museum (Prince of Wales Museum), Mumbai  
“The Possibility of Being”, Curated by Rahul Bhattacharya; Exhibit 320, New Delhi

2012
“Secret Life of Plants” Curated by Maya Kovskaya; Exhibit 320, New Delhi
“We Walk”, Kanoria Gallery, Cathersis Art Gallery, Ahmedabad
“Contemporary Sultanate” Curated by Veerangana Kumari Solanki, Olive; Exhibit 320, New Delhi

2010 
“ART MAKERS”, Exhibit 320, New Delhi
“The Big Baroda Show”, Faculty of Fine Arts, M S U, Baroda Priyasari Art Gallery, Mumbai
“arts.i Redux”, Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi
“Asian Student and Young Artists Festival”, Seoul, Korea, Exhibit 320, Delhi

2009
“Hub Show-2”, Faculty of Fine Arts, M S U, Baroda

ART FAIR PRESENTATIONS:

2013 
India Art Fair, Exhibit 320, New Delhi

2010 
SH Contemporary, Shanghai, Exhibit 320, New Delhi

RESIDENCIES AND AWARDS:

2014 
Harmony Artists' Residency, DAKC, Mumbai

2008  
Merit Scholarship, Jawaharlal Nehru Foundation, New Delhi

2007 
Gold Medal, University of Hyderabad

2004 
Best Award for Painting, College exhibition

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY AND PRESS:

2014 
55 Lalit Kala Contemporary, Photo feature

2013 
The National, 31st January by Ben East
The Indian Express, 12th August by Vandana Kalra
The Asian Age, 16th August by TAAC
Hindustan Times, 10th August by HTC
The Pioneer, 6th August by I Kaur
Hindustan Times City(Delhi), 24th August by HTC

2012 
TAKE ON ART Vol-2 Issue-7 by Oindrilla Maity Surai 
anpersand Vol VII Issue II
The Asian Age, 3rd February by TAAC
Hindustan Times City(delhi), 26th January by HTC
Hindustan Times City, 6th February by HTC
 
2011 
ART & DEAL Vol-7 No-7 Issue No.37 by Sandhya Bordewekar
ART & DEAL Vol-7 No-2 Issue No.32 by Correspondent
ART & DEAL Vol-7 No-12 Issue No.42 by Johny M L
GOOD HOMES INDIA Issue-7 Vol-4 by Correspondent
Hindustan Times City(delhi), 20th October by HTC 
ELITE  TRAVELLER, 19th October by HTC 
A Vanishing world by Maya Kovskaya - (http://www.mayakovskaya.com/publications/a-vanishing-world.php)         

2010 
ART ETC Vol-2 No-3 by Amit Mukhopadhyay & Mansi Dhiman                                                                                                                           
ART NEWS & VIEWS Vol-2 No-14 by Rollie Mukherjee
Mumbai Mirror, 9th March by Vishwas Kulkarni
Bombay Times, 13th March by Nirali Dixit Hathi
Hindustan Times Cafe(mumbai), 5th March by Jigna Padhiar
Asian Age, 31st December, Suchitra Chakravarti