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Born 1954, India

Arpana Caur, a Contemporary Indian Artist was in born 1954. She is a distinguished Indian painter and has been exhibited since 1974 across the globe. Her solos apart from Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore and Chennai have been held in galleries in London, Glasgow, Berlin, Amsterdam, Singapore, Munich, New York and in Stockholm and Copenhagen National Museum.
Her work can be seen in Museums of Modern Art in Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Dusseldorf, Singapore, Bradford, Stockholm, Hiroshima, MOCA LA, Peabody Boston, Asian Art Museum San Fransisco and Victoria and Albert Museum London. 
She has been extensively written about filmed, invited to various countries and awarded, including a gold medal in VIth International Triennele 1986 in Delhi. She was commissioned by Hiroshima Museum of Modern Art to execute a large work for its permanent collection for the 50th anniversary of the Holocaust in 1995, and by Bangalore city and the city of Hamburg to do large non-commercial murals in public spaces. Since 1981 she did three large non-commercial murals in Delhi. 
Today her paintings support several projects for the underprivileged, including free vocational training in the Academy of Fine Arts and Literature of which she along with her mother the renowned writer Ajeet Cour, is the Founder Member. She supports a leprosy home in Ghaziabad, and ration projects for poor and old widows.
1975   Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi.
1979   Rabindra Bhawan Gallery, New Delhi.
1979   Gallery Arts 38, London.
1980   Jehangir Gallery, Ottawa
1981   City Hall Gallery, Mumbai.
1982   Chapter Gallery, Cardiff.
1982   Jehangir Gallery, Mumbai.
1982   October Gallery, London
1984   Ethnographic Museum, Stockholm.
1984   National Museum, Copenhagen.
1984   Jehangir Gallery, Mumbai.
1985   Art Heritage, New Delhi.
1985   Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai.
1997   October Gallery, London.
1988   Art Heritage, New Delhi.
1991   Collins Gallery, Glasgow (touring exhibition in U.K.).
1993   Rabindra Bhawan Gallery, New Delhi.
1994   Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai.
1996   Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai and Banglore.
1997   Arks Gallery, London.
1998   Fine Art Resources, Berlin.
1998   Foundation for Indian Artists Galerie, Amsterdam.
1998   Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai.
1999   CIMA Gallery, Kolkata.
1999   Bose Pacia Gallery, New York.
2001   Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi.
2002   Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai.
2003   Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi.
2003   October Gallery, London.
2004   Galerie Mueller & Plate, Munich.
2005   Mahua Gallery, Bangalore.
2007   Indigo Blue Gallery, Singapore.
2009   Mural on Tiles for outer wall of SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu.
Participating in group shows of paintings, graphics and drawings since 1974.
1981   Executed two large murals for India International Trade Fair, New Delhi.
1984   First Indo-Greek Cultural Symposium and group shows, Athens and Delhi.
1984, '85   Group shows of Indian painters sent by NGMA (National Gallery of Modern Art), New Delhi, to Japan.
1986   First Baghdad Biennele.
1986   Cuba Biennele.
1986   Algiers Biennele.
1987   Curated exhibition of Women Artists Festivals of India, Moscow.
1992   Paritcipated (invited by Max Mueller Bhawan) in 'Encounter', parallel to Kassel Documenta.
1994   Selected for Osaka Print Tiennele, Japan.
1994   Asian Art Show, Hiroshima Museum, Saytama Museum and Glenbarra Museum, Japan.
1995   Noma Book Exhibition, Tokyo.
1995   Indian Women Artists, U.K.
1997   Indian Women Artists, NGMA, New Delhi.
1997   'Still LIFE', 'Landscape' and 'Images of Women', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai.
1997   Bradford Museum Exhibition, 1997-98 CIMA Gallery, Kolkata.
1997   'Tryst with Destiny', Singapore Museum of Modern Art.
1997   Executed large installation in Kassel for Project Gruppe Stoffweschel, 'Tears for Hiroshima'.
1997   Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi.
1998   Rotunda Gallery, Hong Kong.
1998   Indo-Austrian group shows in Austria and NGMA, New Delhi and Mumbai.
2000   Art Forum Gallery, Singapore and Australia.
2000   Executed non commercial mural on 'Environment' in collaboration with German Artist Sonke Nissen in Delhi.
2000   Executed mural on 'Environment' with German artist Sonke Nissen in New Delhi, and on 'Time' in Hamburg, Germany (Non commercial).
2001   Smithsonian Museum, Washington.
2004   Indian Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Singapore and San Francisco.
2005   Indigo Blue Gallery, Singapore.
2004   Executed 5 large public murals in Bangalore (Non commercial public art) for Roerich Centenary.
2007   UN show on Peace, Bali.
2007   Museum of Modern Art, Moscow.
2007   Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo
2007   Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.
2008   Singapore Museum of Modern Art.
2009   Asia Society, New York.
2013   'Confluence des Arts'  a group show of 100 artists at Gallery Artchill, Amber Fort , jaipur.
2014   'India - The Revealed Mysteries' in Conjunction with Venice Biennale 2014 , Venice , curated by Sandro Orlandi 
1984   Research Grant from Lalit Kala Academy for painting in Garhi Studio, New Delhi.
1985   All India Fine Arts Society Award.
1986   Commendation Certificate in Algiers Biennele.
1987   VI Triennele Gold Medal for Painting (International exhibition).
1989   Jury Member, National Exhibition, New Delhi.
1990-02   Jury Member, Republic Day Pageants, New Delhi Nominated Eminent Artist by Lalit Kala Academy.
1990-2000   Collaborated with Godna artist Sat Narain Pande and for the first time in India, co-signed works with him.
1991-92   Purchase Committee Member, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
1995     Commissioned by Hiroshima Museum to execute a large work for its permanent collection on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Holocaust.
1995-98   Selection Committee Member, Republic Day Pageants for Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India.
2001     Advisory Committee Member : National Gallery of Modern Art Delhi, Lalit Kala Acadmey, and Sahitya Kala Parishad.
2009     Chief Guest for Conferring B.F.A. degrees, Delhi College of Art Convocation.
Paintings in collections, both public and private, include.
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and Mumbai.
Chandigarh Museums, Chandigarh.
Ethnographic Museum, Stockholm.
Kunst Museum, Dusseldorf.
Bradford Museum, Bradford, U.K.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Glenbarra Museum, Japan.
Singapore Museum of Modern Art, Singapore.
Deutsche Bank, Mumbai and Chandigarh.
Rockefeller Collection, New York.
Kapany Collection, San Francisco.
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.
Museum of Contemporary Art, LA.
Jehangir Nicholson Collection, Mumbai.
Birla Akademi Collection, Calcutta.
Peabody Essex Museum, Boston
H.K. Kejriwal Museum Collection, Bangalore.
Dhaka Museum.
Bengal Foundation, Dhaka.
Hiroshima Museum of Modern Art Japan.
Rockefeller Collection, New York.
College of Art.