Caur, a self-taught artist, was born in Delhi in 1954. Since the beginning of her career
Arpana's main concern has been the girl child, condition of women and growing violence in
India. She has been consistently figurative. She also does printmaking.
Between 1975 and 1996, Arpana had 1 8 solo shows of her paintings, and
participated in nine national and international exhibitions and art festivals, including
the First Baghdad Biennale (1986), Algiers Biennale (1987), group shows at Saytama Museum
and Glenbarra Museum, Japan, the exhibition 'Imagined City', Museum of Modem Art,
Brasilia, Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro (1994-95). In 1995, she attended the 'Nature and
Environment' workshop jointly organized by the Lalit Kala Akademi, Max Mueller Bhavan and
Japan Foundation. In the same year, Arpana executed the commission for doing a large
painting for the Hiroshima Museum's permanent collection, on the occasion of the 60th
Anniversary of the Nuclear Holocaust.
Received the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award in 1985,
Commendation Certificate at the Algiers Biennale, and Gold Medal at the Sixth
Triennale-India'(1 986), and was nominated by the Lalit Kala Akademi as the Eminent Artist
(1990, '91, '92).
Her works are in many private and public collections in India and
abroad including National Gallery of Modem AM New Delhi, Victoria and Albert Museum,
London, Bradford Museum, U. K.Kunst Museum, Dusseldorf, Singapore Museum of Modem Art and
the Ethnographic Museum, Stockholm.
Arpana Caur lives and works in New Delhi.
Where are all the flowers gone
Triptych, Oil on canvas
144" x 72"
A landscape with knives
Oil on canvas
70" x 70"