Amitabh Kumar is a designer/artist from New Delhi, graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda and has worked as a part of the Sarai Media Lab (2006 -2010) where he researched and made comics, programmed events, designed books and co-curated an experimental art space. He is visiting faculty to the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology and is an initiating member of the Delhi based comics ensemble, The Pao Collective. Amitabh Kumar curated City as Studio along with Magda Kardasz at Zacheta National Art Gallery, Poland, 2011 and co-curated and participated in Sarai City as Studio EXB series, 2010. His few selected shows include Glitch Frame Lollipop, Lattitude 28, New Delhi, 2012; On the Sidereal, residency and exhibition curated by Prayas Abhinav at The Guild, 2012; invited as a guest artist for the London- Delhi 2010 – 2012: Artist Lab (Watermans, London).
Amitabh Kumar was invited along with his colleagues to do large scale murals for Kochi Muziris Biennale, on the Aspinwall House, 2012; at various locations in Pune by Pune Biennale, 2012; a public mural for Khoj Das Tak, 2012; at Sua House by a private collector, 2013; designed and executed mural ‘Dilemma of the Techno hero’ for the Information Society Seminar in the Sarai-CSDS compound, 2006.
Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda
2013 Executed Mural commissioned by Sua House.
2012 Executed a series of public murals as part of the Kochi Muziris Biennale.
2012 Executed public mural for Khoj Das Tak
2012 Executed public Mural as part of the Pune Biennale
2012 Participating artist, 2+2=5, Palette Art Gallery
2012 Participating Artist, Glitch Frame Lollipop, Lattitude 28, New Delhi
2012 Participating Artist, Khirkee Extension Project (Aastha Chauhan & Matteo Ferraresi)
2011 Curator, ‘City as Studio' (Fort Kordegarda, Zacheta National Art Gallery, Poland)
2011 Participating artist, On The Siddereal (Project conceived and curated by Prayas Abhinav, The Guild Mumbai)
2010 Co-Curator and participating artist in the Sarai City as Studio EXB series.
2009 Invited as a guest artist for the London- Delhi 2010 – 2012: Artist Lab (Watermans, London)
2011 Guest Faculty, Srishti College of Art and Design, Bangalore India.
2008 Invited as an international artist for the Helsinki Comic Book Festival. This included an exhibition of
artworks from ‘Helmet Man in Zamzamabad’( A work in Progress), a lecture/performance on Indian
Action Comics and a workshop about the Superhero Comic Book Culture in India.
2006 Designed and Executed Mural, ‘Dilemma of the Techno hero’ (50 feet x 3 feet) for the
Information Society Seminar in the Sarai-CSDS compound.
CATALOGUE OF DESIGN AND RESEARCH PROJECTS
2013 Contributing Artist for the Partition Anthology (Vishwajyoti Ghosh, Yoda Books)
2013 Designer for Maya Mahal - An Enchanted Look at Hindi Cinema through the Priya Paul Collection (Debashree Mukrjee)
2012 Designer for City as Studio 2 (Jyoti Dhar)
2012 Contributing Artist, The Obliteracy Journal (Blaft Publcations)
2010 Designer for the Water Cookbook (Bhagwati Prasad)
2010 Designer for No Apologies for Interruption (Cybermohalla Ensemble)
2010 Contributing Artist and Designer for Sarai Reader 08: Fear
2009 Co Editor and Designer for the 1st PAO Comic Book Anthology of Indian Comics.
2009 Co-conceived and Illustrated, ‘Tinker Solder Tap’ a graphic book on the birth and evolution of media piracy in Delhi.
2008 One of the founding members of the Pao Collective- a group of Indian comic book artists,
consisting of Sarnath Banerjee, Orijit Sen, Parismita Singh and Vishwajyoti Ghosh.
2008 Researcher on the Global Heroes Pilot Project, undertaken by the Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany.
2008 Created ‘ Raj Comics for the Hard Headed’, a comic book on the history of Raj Comics based on research in Sarai-CSDS.
2008 Conceived a 7 member panel discussion/exhibition consisting of comic book authors and publishers at the World Book Fair.
2007-08 Conducted a 3 part comic book workshop in collaboration with the French Embassy.
2007-08 Conducted a series of ‘Comic Book Reading’s’ in collaboration with the French Embassy.
2007 Produced and facilitated ‘Co-mix/Comics’- a 2 day workshop on Comic Book making and production.
2007 Conducted workshop in IIT Powai on Tactical Media.
2006 Worked as visual advisor and research assistant on the Documentary, “ Masculinity and Moustaches”
2013 India Art Fair, presented by The Guild, Mumbai.
2012 Art HK 12, presented by The Guild, Mumbai
2012 India Art Fair, presented by The Guild, Mumbai