Prithpal S. Ladi

Prithpal Singh Sehdave Ladi’s works exhibit his penchant for the eccentric. Ladi infuses his sculptures with a queer humour that move effortlessly from the familiar to the fantastic, or from the apparent to the suggested. However, his works like Wishing Well, and the untitled sculpture of a man reading in his bathtub represent the more direct form of realism in his practice.

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Born in 1956, Shillong, Ladi studied sculpture at MS University, Baroda (1981). He was awarded the National Award by Lalit Kala Akademi in 1981; the Gujarat Lalit Kala Akademi Awards in 1978 and 1988; and the inaugural Bendre Husain Award in 1989. He received several scholarships, including the Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1981-82. He has taught sculpture at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad; and at NIFT, New Delhi.

His major shows include: a solo exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, supported by RPG, 1996; the 8th Asian Biennale, Dhaka; Contemporary Indian Art, Peru, 1998; Edge of the Century, New Delhi, 1999; solo show at Gallery Goethe, supported by Kulturreferat, Munich, 2000; See Through, an exhibition in glass, at British Council, New Delhi, 2001; Art from India, Gallery Muller and Plate, Munich, 2002; and Art from Southeast Asia, Munich, 2003. 

He represented India at the Asian Art Show, Fukuoka, Japan; and Seoul, South Korea, Sacred Space. His miniature works were shown in New York by auction house Saffronart. Ladi has been working from Kolkata with the support of Akar Prakar and Lalit Kala Akademi.

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