Bharti Kher

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Bharti Kher
Born 1969
Education Newcastle Polytechnic

Bharti Kher (born 1969) is an Indian contemporary artist. Her work encompasses painting, sculpture and installation, often incorporating bindis and the popular forehead decoration worn by women in India.

Early life[edit]

Kher was born in 1969 in London, England.[1] She studied painting, graduating in 1991 from Newcastle Polytechnic. At 23, she moved to New Delhi in India, where she lives and works today.[2][3] She is married to Indian contemporary artist Subodh Gupta. Kher has used manufactured versions of traditional Indian bindi to adorn cast sculptures – often of animals – and wall-hung panels.[4]


Year Award
2015 Chevalier dans l'Ordre et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters)
2010 ARKEN Art Prize
2007 YFLO Woman Achiever of the Year
2003 The Sanskriti Award


  1. ^ Gallery, Saatchi. "Bharti Kher - Artist's Profile - The Saatchi Gallery". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  2. ^ Bharti Kher, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art Archived 28 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Rastogi & Karode, Akansha & Roobina (2013). Seven Contemporaries. New Delhi: Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. pp. 76–95. ISBN 978-81-928037-2-2.
  4. ^ Asia Pacific Triennial online