Artist Dhruva Mistry’s works occupy a rare interstice, traversing and often negotiating binaries. His references travel in time, be it ancient European figurative sculptures, or Buddhist or Hindu motifs – Mistry juxtaposes seemingly antithetical elements to blend tradition into modernity, generating a visual language entirely his own. He doesn’t adhere to a single stylistic norm, often oscillating between genres creating narratives and conceptual works that seek to trigger intellectual dialogues.
The materiality and scale of each work is specific to its purpose. Mistry’s celebrated sculptures vary drastically in style and scale – from smaller works in bronze to colossal sculptures in public spaces made of sand, cement, stone, and stainless steel.
Born in Gujarat in 1957, Mistry studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda in 1974 before pursuing his further studies at the Royal College of Art, London. Since then, he has exhibited extensively in United Kingdom, Europe and Japan. His public-art installations can be found at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Hakone Open Air Museum, Victoria Square in Birmingham and Tamano City.
Mistry’s works are part of numerous prestigious collections including Lalit Kala Akademi, Tate Gallery, British Council, Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Museum of Wales, and the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. He was elected into the Royal Academy of Arts in 1991, and in 1993 was invited to be a Fellow with the Royal Society of British Sculptors, London. He was appointed as Professor, Head of Sculpture and Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda, in 1997 upon his return to Baroda, a position he held until 2002.
Recipient of the prestigious Honorary CBE, the artist continues to live and work in Baroda.