madan lal gupta

Madan Lal


Madan lal, (1954- ), was born, in lower-class shop- keeper family in Lalganj Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh. His childhood and adolescent years spent in country side. His association and unique affinity with nature, his observant soul’s continuous interactions with natural elements has made impression on him. His acquaintance with the aroma and beauty of trees and other plants; regular roaming around the village fields, ponds and lakes; these experiences and reminiscences and other festivities imprinted vividly in his sub-conscious. In class Xth with Wordsworth’s poem ‘Daffodils’, opened a new world before the sculptor’s eye; the wondering eyes of young artist found a new a world of literature and fine arts. In his early life his teachers noticed the young child’s creative restlessness and advised to study Visual-Arts at Banaras Hindu University. His primary mentor, sculptor Ram Chhatpar motivated and guided, to expand his creative interest beyond sculpture to other artistic disciplines, such as painting, music and literature. In 1976, Met eminent sculptor Sankho Chaudhuri; was immediately captivated by his oeuvre and aura; Madan lal profoundly influenced by Sankho Chaudhuri in his professional and academic career of sculpture; founded Ram Chhatpar Shilp Nyas India. In 1978, the great Indian modern sculptor Ram Kinkar Baij inaugurated his fifth one-man show in Nandan-Santiniketan. He is professor of sculpture in Benares Hindu University.

1978 : Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University.
1981 : M.A. (Fine) Creative Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda.
1988 : Master of Art with highest distinction, Tama Art University, Tokyo.
1979 : National Cultural Scholarship Government of India under the eminent sculptor Raghav Kaneria.
1983 : Junior Fellowship Government of India, Starts Stone carving as a free-lance sculptor in Chunar.
1985 : Japanese Government Scholarship (Monbusho) advanced study in Japan under Prof. Atsuo Ishii
1996 : Senior Fellowship, Government of India & Short-term A.I.J.E.T.Fellowship of the Japanese Govt.

1980 : U.P. State Art Akademy, Lucknow, India.
1981 : Gujarat State Art Akademy, Ahmedabad, India.
1986 : Hamaten Art Exhibition, Yokohama, Japan.
1987 : Semi Grand Prize, Kanagawa Art Exhibition, Kanagawa Museum, Yokohama, Japan.
1988 : Open Air Sculpture Exhibition, Kawasaki-Park- Museum, Japan.
2001 : The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York.
2006 : Merit Award, Beijing Olympic Park, China.
2019  : Raza Fellowship, Raza Foundation, New Delhi, India.

1990-2002 : Lecturer, Department of Plastic Arts, Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University.
1992 : Member, Jury, U.P. State Art Exhibition, Lucknow
1995 : Conducts National Seminar on Contemporary Indian Sculpture, Ram Chhatpar Shlip Nyas.
1995 : Curates ‘Sculpture’95 for Gallery Espace at National Art Akademi’s galleries, New Delhi,
1999 : Conducts First International Symposium(Sculpture- Dance) for Ram Chhatpar Shlip Nyas India.
2001 : Member Jury, Kalidas Samman, Madaya Pradesh Government.
2002 :  ‘Search an Image on Sand’ January 19, celebration of anniversary of Guru Ram Chhatpar
2003 : Member Jury, Kalidas Samman, Madaya Pradesh Government.
2007 : Member of the Advisory Board of Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal
2003-2014 : Associate Professor, Plastic Arts, Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University.
2005 : February 21, Birth Anniversary of Constantine Brancusi, conducts the 2nd International Symposium (Sculpture-Poetry)for the Ram Chhatpar Shilp Nyas India.
2006 : Curates ‘Bronze’ Invited by Gallery Escape, on the centenary year of Ram Kinker Baij at National Art Akademi’s galleries, New Delhi.
2013 : Conducts the 3rd International Women Artist Workshop ‘GANGAJAL’ for the Ram Chhatpar Shilp Nyas India.
2015 : Professor of Sculpture, Department of Plastic Arts, Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University.
2018 : Member Jury, National Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi
2018 : Conducts the Seminar & Workshop on ‘The Role of Women Artist in India’ for the Ram Chhatpar Shilp Nyas India.

International Art Exhibitions (Invitated)

1986 : 6th Triennial India LKA, New Delhi.
1986-87 : Kohdo Art Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo.
1986 : International Sculpture Exhibition, Nagano, Japan.
1987 : Open Air Sculpture Exhibition, Nagano, Japan.
1987 : Kanagawa Art Exhibition, Yokohama, Japan.
1988 : International Sculpture Exhibition,by Center George’s Pompidou, Paris & Gallery Tom,Tokyo.
1988 : Open Air International Sculpture Exhibition, Kawasaki Park, Japan.
1993 : 8th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2000 : 1st Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Organized Japanese Govt. & Art Front Gallery,Tokyo, Japan.
2001 : 10th Triennial India, Organized by National Art Academy, New Delhi.
2001 : International Sand Sculpture Exhibition, Shenzen, China.
2002 : Contemporary Art International Exchange Exhibition, Kawasaki, Japan.
2003 : 1st International Sculpture Award Exhibition, Yuzi Paradise Guilin, China.
2004 : Contemporary Art International Exchange, Exhibition Kawasaki, Japan.
2006 : Beijing Olympic Park-International Art-Exhibition China.
2010 : Festival of India in China, Presented by National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

International Sculpture Symposium (Invitated)

1989 : International Indo-Japan Sculpture Symposium, I.P.C.L. Baroda, India.
1991 : International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Kumamoto, Japan.
1998 : International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Kasama City, Japan.
1999 : International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Guilin Yuzi Paradise, China.
2001 : International Sand Sculpture Symposium, Shenzen, China.
2004 : International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Merserburg (Halle), Germany.
2005 : Installation Symposium on Art 3rd Asia-Pacific Arts Forum, Taipei , Taiwan.
2006 : International Wax Carving Workshop & Symposium, Thailand.
2008 : International Stone Sculpture Symposium, BoreyongS city, South Korea.
2010 : International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Jaipur, India.
2011 : International Wood Sculpture Symposium, Yokohama, Japan.
2013 : International Stone Sculpture Symposium, Uttarayan, Baroda, India.

One Man show – India and Japan

1975 : Painting & Drawing, Fine Arts Gallery, Varanasi.
1976 : Water Color Landscape, Fine Arts Gallery, Varanasi.
1977 : Sculpture and Drawing, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata.
1978 : Bronze Sculpture, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata.
1978 : Bronze Sculpture, Nandan – Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan.
1978 : Bronze & Iron Sculpture, U.P. State Art Akademy, Lucknow.
1978 : Bronze & Iron Sculpture, Singhania Art Gallery, Kanpur.
1979 : Brick Sculpture, Triveni Gallery, New Delhi.
1980 : Stone & Plaster Sculpture, Fine Arts Gallery, Varanasi.
1981 : Fibre – Glass Sculpture, Fine Arts Gallery, Baroda
1981 : Fibre – Glass Sculpture, Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi.
1981 : Fibre – Glass Sculpture, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata.
1986 : Water Color Landscape, City Office Gallery, Osaka, Japan.
1987 : Marble Sculpture, Gallery Space AD 2000, Tokyo, Japan.
1987 : Brick Sculpture, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan.
1987 : Landscape & Sculpture, City Office Gallery, Osaka, Japan.
1987 : Sculpture Exhibition, Embassy of India, Tokyo, Japan.
1988 : Marble & Stone Sculpture, Gallery Center Point, Tokyo, Japan.
1989 : Marble Sculpture, C. M. C. Art Gallery, New Delhi.
1990 : Marble Sculpture, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata.
1991 : Marble Sculpture, Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1992 : Iron Sculpture, Jenhagir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1996 : Marble & Stone Sculpture, Gallery Seiho, Tokyo, Japan.
1997 : Jalnidhi – Marble & Stone Sculpture, Gallery Espace, New Delhi.
1998 : Marble Sculpture, Gallery Nazer, Baroda.
2003 : Sculpted – Image, Iron Sculpture at India Habitate Center, by Gallery Espace, New Delhi.
2007 : Water Color Landscape, Gallery Art Today, Pune.
2007 : Marble Sculpture, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2007 : Black & White-Drawings, Fine Arts Gallery, Baroda.
2007 : Water Color Landscape & Drawings, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.
2008 : Sculpture & Drawings, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2009 : New Bronzes & Drawings, Gallery Seiho, Tokyo, Japan.
2011 : New Bronzes & Drawings, Gallery Creativity, New Delhi.
2012 : Retrospective of Iron Works 1976-2012, Fine Arts Gallery, BHU, Varanasi
2013 : Iron Sculptures Gallery Seiho, Tokyo, Japan
2016 : Sculptures & Drawings, Gallery Sanskriti, Bangalore

Major Group shows in India and Abroad

1986 6th Triennial-India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1986 Toshiba International Sculpture Exhibition, Tokyo
1986, 87 Kohdo Art Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo
1987 Open Air Sculpture Exhibition, Nagano, Japan
1987 Kanagawa Art Exhibition, Yokohama, Japan
1988 Open Air International Sculpture Exhibition, Kawasaki
1988 International Sculpture Exhibition, Co-produced by Center Gerge’s Pompidou Paris and GalleryTom, Tokyo
1989 International Exhibition of Sculptures, Tokyo
1993 8th Asian Art Biennial, Bangladesh
1996 International Sculpture Exhibition, Kasama City
2000 1st Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan.
2001 10th Triennial- India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2002 Contemporary Art International Exchange, Kawasaki, Kawasaki
2003 International Sculpture Award Exhibition, Yuzi Paradise, Guilin, China
2004 contemporary Art International Exchange, Kawasaki, Japan

1985: The first commission to create a 2-meter long Marble-Sculpture for the Indian Petrochemical Company Limited Baroda which is installed at the campus.
1988: Commission Marble-work for Grand Hilton International Hotel, Tokyo.
1988: Commission award for 210 Cm. for stone sculpture at Kawasaki Sculpture Park Museum, Japan.
1997: Executed 2 set of Marble Sculptures by Art Front Gallery, Tokyo for public place in Japan.
2000: Invited to install ‘Peace-Garden’ (60 pieces) at the First Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan, organized and sponsored by Art Front Gallery, Tokyo and Government Bodies of Japan, the world’s largest Open-Air Art Exhibition.
2000: The ‘Anand-Sarovar Project, 520 square feet high-relief, sand-stone-sculpture on wall space of house cum-studio at 13, Koslesh Nagar, Sunderpur, Varanasi, India.
2003: Commissioned by Art Front Gallery, Tokyo, a 220 Cm. tall Marble Sculpture in 3 pieces for private Design House in Tokyo.
2005 & 2007: Executed 2 set of Marble Sculptures by Art Front Gallery, Tokyo for private place.
2013 : Executed 10x3x3 Feet Marble Sculpture at Uttarayan, Baroda

Textual Write-ups in Catalogues by Artist

1978, Traveling- Bronze Sculptures, Kolkata, Santiniketan, Lucknow, Kanpur.
1981, Fibre-Glass Sculptures, Baroda, New Delhi, Kolkata.
1987, Marble Sculptures, Gallery 2000A.D. Tokyo.
1987, Sense of Touch, Marble and Brick Sculptures, Gallery TOM, Tokyo.
1988, Recent Sculptures, Gallery Center Point, Tokyo.
1989, Marble Sculptures, C.M.C. Gallery, New Delhi.
1980, Marble Sculptures, Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1995, Concept & Ideas, Sculpture’95, Gallery Espace , New Delhi.
1999, Landscape – Water – Sculpture , International Sculpture Symposium, Guilin Yuzi Paradize, China.
2000, Peace-Garden, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Art Front Gallery, Tokyo.
2004, Concept, International Sculpture Symposium, Merseburg, Germany.
2005, Bricks-Well, Visual Arts Forum – ‘Disguise and Identity’ Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan.
2005, Kalpana,Kashi Ank,’ Surya Ka Pratibimb Jal Me’
2006, A Sculptor’s Musings (& An Introduction), BRONZE Show, Gallery Espace, New Delhi.
2008, October,Tatha, Anand Sarovar- Utkirn Shilp, Bhopal
2009, ‘Bronze’, Gallery Seiho, Tokyo
2012, ‘Iron’ Retrospective Exhibition, Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi

Textual Write-ups in Catalogues by Art Critics

1987, Yoshiaki Tono, Gallery Tom, Tokyo.
1988, A. Madhavan, Gallery Center Point, Tokyo.
1988, Sankho Choudhuri, Gallery Center Point, Tokyo.
1990, Kunwarji Agrawal, Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1996, Toshiaki Minemura, Gallery Seiho, Ginza, Tokyo.
1977, Prayag Shukla, Jalnidhi: Gallery Espace, New Delhi.
2003, Prayag Shukla, Sculpted Images: Gallery, Espace, New Delhi.
2012, Prayag Shukla,SAJHA – SAMAY, Madan Lal Ka Mural

1977, 14 March, Ahibhushan Malik, The Hindusthan Standard, Kolkata.
1977, December, Deshbandhu Singh, ‘Thus Spake the Stones”. Rashtriya Sahara, New Delhi,
1977, 9 April, Sandeep Sarkar, ‘Bhaskarya Pradarshini’, Desh (Bangla) Kolkata.
1977, 9 March, The Statesman, Kolkata.
1977, 1 March, Amrit Bazar Patrika, Kolkata.
1978, 30 November, Amrit Bazar Patrika, Kolkata.
1978, 1 December, The Statesman, 1978, December National Herald, Lucknow.
1979, 8 November, Krishna Chaitanya, ‘Mature Skills, Sensibility’, Hindustan Time, New Delhi.
1979, 24 March, Keshav Malik, The Times of India, New Delhi.
1979, 1-7 April, Prayag Shukla, ‘Madanlal Ke Shilp’, Dinman,(Hindi). New Delhi,
1981, 15 October, Ahibhushan Malik, ‘Rhythemic Forms’, The Hindusthan Standard, Kolkata.
1981, November, Ahibhushan Malik, “Madanlal Bhaskarya” Anand Bazar Patrika, Kolkata.
1981, 8 November, Arany Banerjee, ‘Interesting Fibre-Glass Art’, Economic Times, Kolkata.
1981, 26 September, Keshav Malik, The Times of India, New Delhi.
1981, 14 November, Pranabendu Das gupta, ‘Madanlaler Bhaskarya”, Desh (Bangla), Kolkata.
1981, September, Krishna Chaitanya, The Hindustan Times, New Delhi.
1981, 4-10 October, Prayag Shukla, “Utsuk Akar’, Dinman, New Delhi, (Hindi).
1981, 7 September, Sandhya Barodkar, ‘Impressive Fibre-Glass Sculpture’, The Times of India, Ahmedabad.
1981, 4 September, S.A. Krishnan, ‘Fibre-Glass Sculptures”, The Statesman, New Delhi.
1981, November, December-Vinod Bhardwaj, ‘Cheejen Samuh Me Dikhati Hain’ (Hindi), ‘Kalavarta’, Bhopal.
1981, 6 September, Creation in Fibre-Glass’, Evening News, The Hindustan Times, New Delhi.
1981, 25 September, Sculpture that raise question’, the Indian Express, New Delhi.
1981, 15 October, The Statesman, Calcutta.
1982, Prayag Shuka, ‘Madan Lal Ke Murtishilp’ (Hindi), Samkaleen Kala (First Vol.) Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi.
1982, 13 February, Sandeep Sarkar, ‘Madan Lal, Cover Story, Desh, (Bangla) Kolkata.
1984, 16 June Ashwani Gupta, ‘Dar Hai Ki Kala Bhi Filmi fashion Na Ban Jaya’, Navbharat Times (Hindi), Lucknow, (interview).
1985, September, Asif, ‘Patthar Mulayam Hai’, Amrit Sandesh (Hindi), Raipur, (interview)
1987, 18 August, Ashwani Gupta, ‘Mere Shilp Mujhe Hi Sahlate Hai’, Navbharat Times (Hindi), Lucknow, (interview).
1987, May – The Geijutgu-Sincho (Japanese), Tokyo.
1987, Mizue – Summer , (Japanese), Tokyo.
1987, July – Stone Terior, (Japanese), Tokyo.
1987, 23 December – The Hindustan Times, New Delhi.
1988, 20 November, Barbara Thoren, ‘Art that begs to be touche’ The Japan Times, Tokyo.
1988, January, Janet Kopalas, Ashahi, Evening News, Tokyo.
1988, 7 July, Prayag Shukla, Patthar Me Bhi Foot Ate Hai Ankhuye’, (Hindi) Navbharat Times, New Delhi.
1988, October, The ‘Sense of Touch’ Ashahi Evening News, Tokyo.
1989, 19 December, The Statesman, New Delhi.
1989, 13 January, Prayag Shukla, ‘Khile Huye Patthar’ (Hindi), Navbharat Times, New Delhi.
1989, January, Sumati Gangopadhyay, ‘Sculptor Camp at I.P.C.L; Indian Express, Ahmedabad.
1989, 19 December, The Statesman, New Delhi.
1990 March, Sandeep Sarkar, ‘Sabooj Naisabdya Evam Subhra Nirjana’, Desh (Bangla) , Kolkata.
1990, 1 February, Sharmila Ray, ‘Florai Forms’, The Statesman, , Kolkata.
1990, 7 January, Verma Umesh, Dinman, Nav Bharat Times (Hindi), New Delhi.
1990, 23 February, Manasij Majumdar, ‘Resembling Natural Forms’, The Telegraphs, Kolkata.
1990, March, M. Siva Ram Prasad, ‘Marble Sculpture by Madan Lal’, The Hindu, New Delhi.
1990, 12 August, Ranjit Hoskote, ‘Evocative Signals in Marble’, The Times of India, Mumbai.
1990, 14 August, Sabrina D’Souza, ‘Manifestation of Love for Nature’, Free Press Journal, Mumbai.
1990, 1 January, Keshav Malik, ‘Like Lilies in the Field’, The Times of India New Delhi
1997, Ajay Sinha, ‘From Microscopy to Cosmogony in Madan Lal’s work’ Contemporary Art in Baroda, Edited by G.M. Shaikh.
1997, 17 November, Akshaya Mukul, ‘Idyllic Images in Water and Stone’, The Pioner, New Delhi, (interview).
1997, December, Gayatri Sinha, ‘Marble Sculptures’, The Hindu, New Delhi
1997, 7 December, Keshav Malik, The Times of India, New Delhi.
1997 December, Kumkum Bhandari, Forms of the Form less, Life Positive, New Delhi.
1997, 1 December, M.L. Johny, ‘The Substance of Water’, Business Line, New Delhi.
1997, December, Prayag Shukla, ‘Jalnidhi, Dreams and Images in Water’, Art Times (Inaugural Issue), New Delhi.
1997, 7 December, Santwana Bhattacharya, Indian Express, New Delhi.
1997, 15 November, Suneet Chopra, The Hindustan Times, New Delhi
1997, 14 November ‘Life and Sculpture’, The Statesman, Calcutta.
1997, 17 November, India Today, New Delhi
1997, December, First City, New Delhi.
1997, 15 November, Financial Express, New Delhi
1998, 24 February, Mohan Jayaram, ‘A Mixture of Natural and Man-Made’, Indian Express, Ahemedabad
1998, 23 February, Piyush Pandya, Sandesh (Gujrati), Vadodara.
2000, Twentieth Century Indian Sculpture- Marg, Edited by – Shivaji K. Paniker.
2002, oc uvre et liveu, Augustin Berque, Flammarion, Paris , (Books), Peace-Garden, Echigo – Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan 2000
2002, 29 April, Anand Sarover (Hindi) – Gautam Chaterjee, Sahara Samachar, Lucknow
2002, 2 June, Murals of Madan Lal (Hindi) Prayag Shukla, Jansatta
2002, June 27, Hindustan, (Hindi) Varanasi
2003, November 30, Traces of Life, Suneet Chopra, Financial Express, New Delhi.
2004, January 11, Eye – Identity Card- Bharti Chaturvedi,
2004, June 8, Neuer Land bote, Germany.
2004, January 19, Shilp mein Kavita Ki Uran, (Hindi) Vinod Bharadwaj, Sahara Samay, Dehli.
2004, July 17, Querfurt, Von Michel, Germany, (International Symposium Germany).
2004, April 3, Shilp Mein dhala Ghar (Hindi) – Gautam Chaterjee.
2005, November 7, Hindustan, (Hindi) Varanasi.
2006, April 16, Hindustan, (Hindi) Varanasi.
2006, May 19, Hindustan, (Hindi) Varanasi.
2007, October, Interview with Kumar Anupam, Kala – Dirgha (Hindi).
2007, June 21, Maharastra Herald, Simple and Clear, Tanya Roy, Pune.
2014, March, Insite, Vol.7 issue 03, Showing His Mettle, Sandhya Bordeweker Ahmedabad.