Sutapa Biswas

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Sutapa Biswas
Born1962 (age 55–56)
Alma materUniversity of Leeds, Slade School of Art, Royal College of Art

Sutapa Biswas (born 1962) is a British Indian conceptual artist.[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, India, in 1962.[2] At the age of four, she moved to London, England with her family.[2] Between 1981 and 1985 she studied at the University of Leeds.[2] She then studied art the Slade School of Art in London from 1988-1990.[2] Between 1996-1998 Biswas studied at the Royal College of Art.[2]


As a conceptual artist, Biswas works in a variety of mediums, including performance, film, and installation.[2] During the 1980s, Biswas was primarily a painter.[3] For instance, her paintings Housewives with Steak-Knives (1985) and Through Rose-Tinted Windows form part of the Bradford Museums and Galleries permanent collections on display at Cartwright Hall.[4] Her works often reflect on questions of gender and cultural and ethnic identity.[5] For instance, her film Birdsong captures the story of young Indian boy who longs to own a horse and is filmed against the backdrop of an English period home.[6]

Public collections[edit]

Biswas's works may be found in a number of public institutions, including the Tate in London, UK.[7]


  1. ^ "Sutapa Biswas", iniva, Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Sutapa Biswas". Feminist Art Base, Brooklyn Museum. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Birdsong - Film by Sutapa Biswas", Cuture24. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  4. ^ 2 paintings by or after Sutapa Biswas, Art UK. Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  5. ^ Motley, John. "Sutapa Biswas". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Sutapa Biswas", PICA, Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Sutapa Biswas", Tate, Retrieved 17 October 2014.

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