Rabin Mondal

Born in 1929.


Born 1929. Graduated from Calcutta University in 1952. Studied at the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship, Kolkata, 1956-58. Founder-member, Calcutta Painters and Calcutta Art Fair. Member, Charukala Parishad, Government of West Bengal. Member, General Council, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1979-83. Awarded Abanindra Puroskar by the Government of West Bengal, 2002. Featured in documentary film on Contemporary Indian Painters, 1985, and "Destination Art", a serial profiling five modern Indian painters, directed by Samir Dutta. Subject of a documentary film by Buddhadev Dasgupta, called "Rabin", made in 2003. Represented at Osian's auctions in Mumbai, curated by Neville Tuli. Edited Drawings by 14 Contemporary Artists of Bengal, 1970. Exhibitions: Many one-man shows in Kolkata, New Delhi, and Mumbai since 1961. Participated in many group shows in India and abroad, including the National Exhibition of Art, New Delhi; AIFACS; Jehangir Art Gallery; Third Triennale India 1975; Tokyo Biennale, 1984; and Contemporary Indian Art, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1992. Collections: Major private and public collections in India and abroad, including the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; Ministry of Industries, Government of India; College of Art, New Delhi; Tata Engineering and Locomotive Works, Jamshedpur; Chicago downtown Gallery, USA.
Rabin Mondal's works are mainly figurative. He paints in bold strokes and creates tableaux, whose themes are universal. The faces of his figures stare at you out of the canvas, strange and pensive, but also strong and defiant. Not yet beaten, surviving by sheer force of spirit. The artist mostly uses dense pigments in blacks and reds, with only occasional moss green and turquoise colors seeping through. His contemporary paintings still have a primitive feel to them, which communicates with the viewer at a very primal level.