Samir Mondal, born in 1952, West Bengal. He studied art from Government College Arts and Crafts, Kolkota and went to Germany & France as part of INDO-FRG Cultural Exchange Programs
He has been showcasing his works through Solo exhibition since 1982, few selected ones are Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta, 1983; Kala Yatra, Madras, 1984; Bajaj Art Gallery, Bombay, 1989; Sophia Duchesne Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1990; Galerie 88, Kolkota; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1991, 1995, 1998; Renaissance Art Gallery, Bangalore, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002; Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, 2003; Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2002, 2006, 2012; *Wishes*, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, 2012; Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkota, 2013 and many more.
Samir Mondal is noted for his skill with water colours, especially in large formats and he has held demonstrations of his dexterity with large sized water colours, which are often in vibrant colours. His spontaneous use of fresh colours to create dramatic images of women, flowers and butterflies and his ability to manipulate the medium, shows amazing and descriptive possibilities. He is rated among the finest portrait painters and is a well-known cover page illustrator for many prestigious magazines.
He has been part of group shows, few which includes National Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkota; Birla Academy of Art, Kolkota; Kala Yatra, Madras and Bangalore; Lalit Kala Academy, Karnataka; Bombay Art Society Centenary show, Bombay; Celebrations’ 97, Napa Art Gallery, Nepal; *100 years of Indian Cinema*, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai; *Confluence*, Art Connoisseur Gallery, London and Gallery Asiana, New York organised by Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore; Art Indus, New Delhi; group shows with Gallery Sumukha 1999, 2005, 2006 in London, 2008, 2009 at Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong and 2016; *Works on paper*, CIMA, Kolkota; Asian Art Fair, Singapore; The Art on Paper fair, Royal College of Art. London, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo; Ki Gallery, Malaysia and many more all over India and abroad. He has participated in several art camps and workshops organised in India and internationally.
His works have been part of several public and private collections in India and abroad, of which few include National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Archaeological Museums of Karnataka, Bangalore; RPG Enterprises, Mumbai; Citi Bank, Tata Steel; Benson & Hedges, Ministry of External Affairs, Russian Consulate, Brooke Bond and several corporations, banks, private museums and many more.
He has been honoured with awards from AIFACS, New Delhi; West Bengal State Academy Award, The Academy of Fine Arts award; Andhra Pradesh Council of Artists Award, Hyderabad and West Bengal State Academy Award.
Samir Mondal lives and works in Mumbai, India.
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