Shaurya Kumar 
Delhi, India. 1979. Lives and works in Chicago, USA

He earned his MFA in Studio Art from University of Tennessee, Knoxville and BFA in Painting from College of Art, Delhi, India. Currently, Kumar is an Assistant Professor at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Gallery Odyssey, Mumbai, India; Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai, India; Dr. BDL Museum, Mumbai, India; TamTam Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan; SCA Contemporary, Albuquerque, USA; Art Dubai, U.A.E.; Seoul Museum, Seoul, Korea; Guanlan Print Base, Shenzhen, China; Queens Museum, New York, USA; Artifact, New York, USA

Guanlan Printmaking Base, Shenzhen, China; Xian Academy of Fine Arts, China; Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium; Bharat Bhavan, India; Markem-Imaje International Award; Faculty of the Year, SAIC, USA; Individual Artists Grant, City of Chicago, USA; numerous faculty research grants, USA

Shaurya Kumar


Cast in Ruins

23.11.2016 to 23.12.2016

As a visiting artist, Indian artist Shaurya Kumar will develop a series of activities in 'ace including an exhibition of his recent pieces and encounters with emerging Argentine artists.

Since 2001, Kumar has been involved in numerous prestigious research projects, like “The Paintings of India” (a series of 26 documentary films on the painting tradition of India); "Handmade in India" (an encyclopedia on the handicraft traditions of India); and digital restorations of 6th century Buddhist mural paintings from the caves of Ajanta.

Kumar’s research is focused on creating works which appreciate and appropriate new media while highlighting the dangers of its longevity; and the disconnect between the virtual and the real. His work is an investigation of art and technology, and the rift that lies between. Ultimately, his work is a dialogue about site, how site effects and affects data and therefore a society, a culture, a people and ultimately a person.


Much of my work, thought and research in recent projects has been a response to the contemporary state of ruinous affairs. Reflecting on loss, destruction, iconoclasm and marginalization my work addresses how our understanding of history, culture and religion is constantly reinterpreted and distorted.

Employing diverse sets of tools, media, techniques and processes including print, drawing, sculpture and installation, my oeuvre focuses on a phenomenological understanding of object and space, while revealing a labor-intensive process in my art making. Indicating notions of presence and absence, these works play with architectural ruins, transient ephemera, and contextual displacements.

Synced to the vicissitudes of time and organic growth, drawing inspiration from classical texts and poetry to new media and ethnographic studies, my work addresses the loss of ‘aura’ when the ‘original’ is transformed in its meaning and narrative due to transposition, marginalization and destruction. It addresses the new world of non-objects and questions the role of individuals and institutions that assign them their new meaning.