Dhruva Mistry studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda,from 1974-81, and went to the Royal College of Art, London, from 1981-83 on a scholarship from the British Council. Mistry has worked across scale, his sculptures ranging from ‘small-scale domestic pieces’ to large public works made on commission. Mistry is greatly interested in the cultural history of civilisations and drawing on ancient and modern ones, he has experimented with a variety of materials across genres, in a bid to ‘explore cultural tensions’.
Mistry held his first solo exhibition at Art Heritage, New Delhi, in 1982 taking it subsequently to Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. As ‘artist in residence’ with a fellowship at Churchill College, Cambridge (1984-5), Mistry showed his work first in the U.K., after which he has exhibited there regularly. Mistry holds many accolades – he has been ‘sculptor in residence’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London in 1988, he represented Britain at the Third Rodin Grand Prize Exhibition, Japan in 1990, and was selected for the solo show on Asian art by the Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan in 1994. He designed award-winning sculptures on commission from the Birmingham City Council in 1992, and was chosen for the Millennium Medal Competition, London, in 1998.
A much lauded and celebrated sculptor, Dhruva Mistry was elected to the Royal Academy in 1991 and became a fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, London, in 1993. In 2001, he was knighted by the Queen. In 1997, here turned to India as Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda,heading the sculpture department.