Monday, August 26, 2013

Socially oriented agenda of a sensitive artist

Artist Praneet Soi’s practice is a byproduct of his constant journey, observation and search of cultural contrasts between and his native city Kolkata and Amsterdam, where he now lives. He has traversed distant and diverse cultural grounds, from India to the Netherlands, passing via the US.

On his flat acrylic engravings, he looks to denounce, the spasmodic pressure we suffer every day from religious and political realities. Keen to experiment, he works in a wide range of media like painting, drawing, audio-visual assemblages etc. He employs ancient eastern refinement to emphasize the suffering of humanity.

Born in 1971 in Kolkata, Praneet Soi did his Bachelors of Fine Arts and later Masters (Painting) in 1994-96 from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda. After completing a Masters Degree (Visual Arts) from University of California, San Diego (2001), he studied at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2002-03).

Some of the artist's selected solos are 'Still Life', Vadehra Gallery, Delhi (2009); ‘Het Oog (the Eye)’, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2009); 'Cut-Out', Gallery Martin Van Zomeren, Netherlands (2009); ‘Juggernaut’, Project 88, Mumbai (2008); ‘Face to Face’, LKA, Delhi (2006); ‘Northern Wind’, Galerie Martin Van Zomeren, Amsterdam (2005); 'Spinning Stories ... # 3’, The Kromme, Tent, Rotterdam (2004); 'A Short Walk’, The Inkijk, SKOR, Amsterdam (2004); and shows at University of California, San Diego (2003, 20005).

Among his recent selected group exhibits and participations are 'Genius without Talent', de Appel Boys' School, Amsterdam; 'Concepts & Ideas 2011', (CIMA), Kolkata; 'ID/entity', Vadehra, Delhi; 'Progressive to Altermodern', Grosvenor Gallery, London; 'Generation in Transition', Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warszawa, Poland; Ural Industrial Bienale of Contemporary Art, Ekatarinburg, Russia; 14th Vilinus Painting Triennal, CAC, Adelaide; and the 2009 'ARCOmadrid' fair in Spain.

A recipient of The Russell 2002 Grant courtesy University of California, he also served Residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine in 2001. He received a Grant from the Ministry of Education Culture & Science, Netherlands in 2004.

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