Mithu Sen

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Mithu Sen is an Indian painter and artist.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Sen was born in 1971 in West Bengal and obtained Bachelor's and Master's degrees in painting from Kala Bhavan at Santiniketan, West Bengal. Later, she completed a post-graduate program at the Glasgow School of Art in the United Kingdom on the Charles Wallace India Trust Award for 2000-2001.[1][2][4][3]


Sen uses paintings and installations to comment on social issues of self-representation, gender stereotypes, and the society. Her work includes images of the body, motifs from Indian and global popular culture and Japanese anime characters.[1][2][5]

Sen was the first artist to be awarded The Skoda Prize in 2010 for Indian contemporary art and received a cash prize of one million rupees.[6]


Below are Sen's most recent solo and group exhibitions[1][5]

Solo Exhibitions[edit]

  • Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, UnMYthU | Byproducts of twenty years of performance Mithu Sen, 2018
  • 'I Dig, I Look Down' at Albion Gallery, London, in 2008
  • ‘Half Full – Part I’ at Bose Pacia, New York, in 2007
  • ‘Half Full – Part II’ at Nature Morte, New Delhi, in 2007
  • ‘It's Good to be Queen’ at Bose Pacia Artist Space, New York, in 2006
  • ‘Drawing Room - II’ at Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, in 2006

Group Exhibitions[edit]

  • Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, Asymmetrical Objects, 2018
  • Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, Visions From India, 2017
  • Museum of African Design (MOAD), Johannesburg, We See (in) the Dark, 2015
  • Museum of African Design (MOAD), Johannesburg, Curate Life Collection competition, 2015
  • Queens Museum, Queens, After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India, 1947/1997, 2015
  • 'Still Moving Image' at the Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, 2008
  • 'Link' at Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2008
  • 'Contradictions and Complexities: Contemporary Art From India' at d.e.n. Contemporary Art and Western Project, Culver City, 2008
  • ‘Shifting Terrains / Altered Realities’ at the Shrine Gallery, New Delhi, 2008

Personal life[edit]

Sen lives and works in New Delhi. She is an enthusiastic traveller.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Mithu Sen". Saffronart. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  2. ^ a b c d "Nature Morte – Mithu Sen". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  3. ^ a b Karode, Roobina (January 2012). "Crossings". Time Unfolded. 2: 100.
  4. ^ "A Talk with Mithu Sen". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  5. ^ a b "Mithu Sen - 32 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  6. ^ "Delhi artist Mithu Sen wins 1 million Skoda Prize for art". The Economic Times. 2011. Retrieved 2018-03-03.