Apurba Nandi was born in 1973 in Vadodara, Gujarat. In 1998 he received his degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda. In 2000, he received his degree of Master of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda. Since then, Nandi has established his artistic presence through various exhibitions in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune, England, Kochi, Baroda and New Delhi. His works were exhibited at Latitude 28 (New Delhi), Aakriti Art Gallery (Kolkata), and the 9th Harmony Show (Mumbai). Nandi has been awarded the Grant of Scholarship from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 2006.
His exhibit with us is titled Between the Big and Small an acrylic on canvas made in 2014. Speaking about the work, he shared, “People moving in all directions; people going somewhere or nowhere. I was intrigued by this landscape when I was in the process of being part of the city like Mumbai. I was waiting for Mumbai to absorb me. Waiting became an act of ‘looking’ at this city. At times plainly looking at unknown people is cathartic. I kept looking at people till they got reduced in to a pattern of heads, pattern of hands, of eyes, of sound; the sound that becomes a common humming. Placing one figure after the other, the work morphs into a formation of people. For me, these formations become an enquiry into the order of society and at the same time it enquires our own sense of existing in the social fabric.”