Debosmita Samanta

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION

M.F.A. (Painting) from S. N School of Arts and Communication, Hyderabad Central University. Telangana, 2012.
B.V.A. (Painting) from College of Art and Design, Burdwan University, West Bengal 2010

EXHIBITIONS

Displaced, Icon Art Gallery, Hyderabad 2019, 52nd Annual Exhibition, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata 2019, Family Album, Icon Art Gallery, Hyderabad 2017, Drawing Experiences, Icon Art Gallery, Hyderabad 2017, All India Women Artist Exhibition- Artscape, Chandigarh 2017, 1st National Exhibition of Art KalasankratiPuraskar, Karnataka Lalithakala Academy 2017, National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi- New Delhi 2015, ‘Born A Girl’ Goethe Zentrum, 2015, All India Women Artist Exhibition’, Artscape India, Chandigarh, 2014, ‘Monsoon Mix’- Studio21 Art gallery, Kolkata, 2013, ‘Embarking Routes’, Shristi Art gallery, 2012, ‘Confrontation’- Studio21 art gallery, Kolkata, 2012, 24th All India Art Exhibition, The South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur, 2011.

AWARDS

1st National Exhibition of Art KalasankratiPuraskar, Karnataka Lalithakala Academy 2017- Merit Award

WORKSHOP

Video Art workshop by Surekha, Site Specific Installation by Paula Sengupta, Animation Workshop by Bhasavraja

SEMINAR

Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory
and Practice(Thematic Focus: Interfaces of Art History, Museum Practices and Popular Visual Culture: A Curatorial Enquiry)Association of Academics, Artists and Citizens for University Autonomy (ACUA), In collaboration with
Department of Fine Arts, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication,
University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Talk on Popular culture by Yousuf Saeed.

Work statement

Memories and experiences are the bedrock of my paintings. Memories, love and mythology yolk togethermy work’s inspiration and its thematic scheme. The images in my paintings serve as a dual metaphor which are attuned to historical importance and personal experiences. All the myriad images formed that are perhaps lying dormant in our deep experiential memory are represented by the images in my paintings.The psychological and emotional aspects of a woman’s life, her transitional identity and the state of a perplexed existence are reflected in my artwork. The landscapes which I paint are a conglomeration of conscious and subconscious mind and the characters in it either appear benumbed or what seems like an indefinite state of suspension.
A personal journal of sketches, silent and unhindered observation of my own thoughts, emotions, experiences along with observing the world around are a rich go-to references for me. As I continuously negotiate with myself, interest in simple subjects gets evoked and it gradually engulfs me with my work.
My paintings are done on canvases layered with semi-transparent rice papers. The textured surface is then layered with dark waterproof drawing ink, on which tones of colours are applied to create images. To me this process of painting somehow resonates with the multiple layers of a woman’s mind, peppered with desires, fantasies, memories and imagination.