Anish Kapoor


Born in Mumbai (India), Anish Kapoor has established himself as one of the most famous sculptors in the international arena. The versatility and inventiveness displayed in his work spans across powder pigment sculptures, indoor and outdoor gigantic installations, as well as location specific intervention son floor and walls.

Mr. Kapoor is widely recognized for the conceptualization and creation of attractive and eye-catching public sculptures. These sculptures are both unusual and exciting in form and feats of engineering. His enigmatic work displays a potpourri of Eastern and Western culture, with powerful resonances drawn from Indian mythologies.

AnishKapoor, born on 12thMarch 1954, had a Jewish-Indian upbringing. His father was from a Punjabi (Hindu) family. He was a hydrographic by profession in the Indian Navy. His mother, in her early days, emigrated from Baghdad and belonged to the Jewish community. His brother is based in Canada and is a Professor in the York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies (Canada).

Education & Work

Mr. Kapoor attended The Doon Boarding School in Dehradun, India. Between 1971 and 1973, he moved to Israel to graduate in electrical engineering. He had to quit his studies within six months due to trouble with mathematics and decided to become an artist. In 1973, he traveled to Britain and attended Chelsea School of Art and Design, and Hornsey College of Art. In Britain, he met Paul Neagu and idolized him as his role model. In 1979, he taught at the University of Wolverhampton Polytechnic and in the year 1982 he was associated with Artist-in-residence programs at the Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool).

Sir Anish Kapoor gained wide appreciation in 1980’s for his biomorphic or geometric sculptures that are made by using simple materials like plaster, pigment, granite, marble, and limestone. These sculptures are simple monochromatic and curved forms that are brightly colored by using powdered pigment to describe and permeate this opulent form. In the 1980s-1990s, he was applauded for his immaculate representation of striving installations and free-standing sculptural works. Many of his mystic and enigmatic sculptures seemed to misconstrue the space or dissipated into the ground. In 1987, he commenced working on stone, which were made of quarried and solid stones. Many of his stone works had cavities and carved apertures, often playing with or alluding to dualities.

Gradually, he experimented with polished stainless steel and carved sculptures that reflected more ambitious and distorting manipulations of space and form. Some of his sprawling collection includes Taratantara in 1999, Parabolic Waters in 2000, Marsyas in 2002, Sky Mirror in 2006, Svayambh in 2007, Shooting into the Corner (2009), and Dirty Corner in 2011. In addition, Eye in Stone is one of the masterpieces irreproachably created by Anish Kapoor, which is permanently placed in Artscape Nordland.

Awards and Accolades

In the year 1990, Sir Anish Kapoor was honored with the Premio Duemila award. In the year 1991, he received the Turner Prize. In 2013, Mr. Kapoor was rewarded with the Knighthood in the Birthday Honors, services celebrated for visual arts. In 2014, he earned a doctorate degree from the prestigious University of Oxford.

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