Tarak Garai

Artist Profile

Born in 1946, Tarak Garai is a highly accomplished senior sculptor and painter. He trained under the guidance of the master artist, Ramkinkar Baij during his graduation years at Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. The artist was always fascinated by the mother-child relationship, and how tribal mothers balanced their work with taking care of their children. When he moved to Kolkata from a small-town upbringing, he noticed how strikingly different the relationship was in an urban setting, where taking care of one’s child seemed to be considered a duty. This contrast drew him to depict the special bond tribal women share with their kids, and many of his sculptures focus on this theme. Tarak has worked extensively with terracotta, wood and stone, but his favourite medium is bronze. He prefers to cast his own sculptures at his foundry, and has done extensive research on various aspects of bronze casting for over 40 years.

Tarak Garai has participated in several national and state level exhibitions, and held 15 solo shows, including those at Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, in 1990, Habitat Gallery, New Delhi in 1990 and Genesis Art Gallery, Kolkata in 1993. He has also won awards from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1970 and the All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society in 1988.


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