Dhruva Mistry
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Dhruva Mistry

Dhruva Mistry

Dhruva Mistry

b - 1957

Dhruva Mistry

A seminal and well-known contemporary Indian sculptor, Dhruva Mistry’s art, in his own words, is a ‘dialogue of an artist as a maker pursuing enigma of an omnipresent consciousness’.

Mistry is known to work across scale and mediums—from large public works to more intimate sized pieces in clay, plaster, stone, steel, and fibreglass, among other mediums. Besides, he also explores drawing, painting, etching, drypoint, digital works and photography.

Born in Kanjari in Gujarat in 1957, Mistry obtained an M. A. in sculpture from M. S. University, Baroda, in 1981. Soon thereafter, he went to the Royal College of Art, London, on a British Council scholarship in 1983 to study sculpture. A truly global artist, his works speak to people of all geographies as he explores cultural tensions, drawing inspiration from a wide range of civilisations and cultures.

Mistry has held several shows at important venues around the world. He was an artist-in-residence at the Churchill College, Cambridge, in 1984-85; sculptor-in-residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1988; represented Britain at the Third Rodin Grand Prize Exhibition, Japan, in 1990; was elected a Royal Academician in 1991 and a fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1993; and received an honorary C.B.E. in 2001.

In 1992, the Birmingham City Council commissioned him to design sculptures for the city’s Victoria Square. Mistry returned to India in 1997 as head of the sculpture department and dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda. He lives and works in Baroda.

‘To begin with, ideas of my sculptures are aimed to achieve a life-size impact with a relative human scale to see and experience things in our space either indoors or outdoors’



dag exhibitions

‘Indian Divine: Gods & Goddesses in 19th and 20th Century Modern Art’

DAG, New Delhi and Mumbai, 2014

‘Ways of Seeing: Women Artists | Women as Muse’

DAG, New Delhi, 2021

notable collections

Arts Council of Britain, London

British Museum, London

British Council, London

Tate Modern, London

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

archival media


16 Feb 1986

Indian Express Magazone

28 Aug 1988