Siddhartha Kararwal (b.1984, New Delhi, India) completed his MVA and BVA in the discipline of sculpture from MSU, Baroda in 2009 and 2006 respectively.
He had a solo show, Paper Tiger and Other Tales with Diesel + Art in collaboration with Latitude 28 in Mumbai, 2012 and he was represented by Latitude 28 at Art: Gwangju, 2012, India Art Summit, 2011, India Art Collective, 2011, and Art Expo, 2009. He was showcased at the Sculpture Park at India Art Fair, 2012 curated by Diana Campbell– Creative India, as well as the Special Projects Space at India Art Fair, 2013. He has participated in various group exhibitions including Glitch Frame Lollipop, Latitude 28, 2012, The Matter Within New Contemporary Art of India at the Yerba Buena Centre of Arts in San Francisco, 2011, Beauty and the Beast at Mathieu Foss Gallery in Mumbai, 2011, To Be Continued…, the FICA group show at Volte Gallery, Mumbai 2011; Demould at the Fine Arts Faculty, Baroda, 2011, Two Positions, Part II at Seven Art Gallery in New Delhi, 2011, Urban Testimonies and ‘Size Matters…Or Does It?’ at Latitude 28, New Delhi in 2010, Scratch by Sakshi Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2010 as well as First Look at Project 88, Mumbai, 2009, and Harvest, 2010 at Arushi Art, New Delhi.
His residencies include the Bangalore Artist Residency funded by India Foundation of Art Bangalore, 2010 and Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, 2009. He is the recipient of the Best Display award, MSU, Baroda, 2009, FICA Art Award runners up in 2010, and was part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, 2012.
Siddhartha’s hybridized paradoxical, satirical, witty and surprisingly unexpected almost surreal works are a probe into the existential dualities of the current multiplex cultural fabric. They are explorations of time, a whimsical take on the current world. Siddhartha transforms everyday stories and mundane objects into absurd narratives that challenge the viewer to think. His current artworks respond to our collective post covid reality. Like the silver lining on a cloud, the darkness of the world around us yields this fluorescent lens to see it through. These artworks are a final salute to these twilight times and a nudge to the viewer to find their nook of fantasy through which we make sense of this reality.
Siddhartha lives and works in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.