Is born in Patiala, Punjab. Initially trained as a painter, his work
has increasingly animated into two-dimensional canvases with
experimental film narrative sequences.
Spends his college days in Patiala and Chandigarh, earning a diploma
in painting from College of Art, Punjab University, Chandigarh.
His penchant for surreal juxtapositions is evident in early works
merging video and canvas such as Hula-Hoop, in which the
celebratory title contrasts with near-apocalyptic imagery of
In works from this new medium, Kaleka mines motifs of his
childhood in Patiala such as cockerels, horses and wrestlers, as
well as his fascination for outré inventions and his absorption with
His works from this period are a ‘sort of hyperimage’ that achieve an
intensity and subtlety of colour, and imbue the static with a sense of
movement through the superimposition of sound and movement.
Receives the Lalit Kala Akademi’s national award.
Is part of Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram’s Kasauli Art Centre
Receives Sanskriti Award from the Sanskriti Foundation for his
contribution to the arts in New Delhi. His paintings are increasingly an ode to magic-realism.
Pursues his M.A. in painting from
College, London, on a
Scholarship. London remains his home till his return
to India in the late 1990s. His work centres around themes of animals, sexuality and tradition. The libidinal in his works remain masculine and primal, framed by
phantasmal animal motifs.
Has a solo exhibition at Art Today, New Delhi.
Receives the Lalit Kala Akademi’s national award.
Returns to India from England.
Shifts from the strict use of paint on canvas, he finds expression in
video art, projecting video onto painted canvases. Creates Powder Room which attempts to draw the viewer into the
narrative through the use of a reflective surface.
Is artistic consultant to the Basic
Expo 2000 in
His video work, Man with Cockerel, is chosen for a group show at Casa Asia, ‘Indian Narrative in the 21st Century: Between Memory
and History’ held at Madrid and Barcelona,
Spain, in collaboration
with Walsh Gallery.
Exhibits in group show ‘Kapital and Karma:
Art’ at Kunsthalle Wien Hall, Vienna,
Exhibits in group shows ‘body.city.’ and ‘Sub Terrain: Indian
Contemporary Art’ in Berlin, Germany.
Is part of ‘Edge of
Art in India’ at
Art Gallery WA,
The show will later travel across the world in the years to come
before finally showcasing in India at
National Gallery of Modern
Mumbai, in 2007. Receives a residency at
California, U. S. A.
Receives a residency at Villa Montalvo,
Exhibits at the 51st Venice Biennale in the exhibition ‘i
Con - India
Contemporary’, co-curated by Julie
Evans, Gordon Knox, and
Nagy.Has a solo exhibition, ‘
Crossings’, at Bose
Pacia Gallery in
U. S. A.
His video work is shown at the
Art Video Lounge at
Art Basel Miami
Beach, Miami, U. S. A.
His work is also shown in the group exhibition ‘Hungry God: Indian Contemporary Art’ at Busan Museum of Modern Art, South Korea
Dr. Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, senior curator, commissions Kaleka to
make a Holocaust Memorial at
Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning
Chicago, U. S. A.
The site-specific installation is titled
Consider—a title inspired by the poem of the same name by Primo
Levi, comprising of an oral testimony from
Has a solo exhibition at Bose
Exhibits in the group show ‘
Chicago. Exhibits in group show ‘Horn
Art’ at Kunstmuseum Bern,
The show also
exhibits at Museum of
Is part of group show ‘Urban Manners’ at
Pirelli Hangar Bicocca,
Participates in the 16th
Sydney Biennale in
Australia, and is
part of the group show, ‘India Moderna’, at Institute of Modern
Art in Valencia,
Solo exhibition, ‘Fables from the House of Ibaan’, at Bose
Participates in the 4th Guangzhou
His video work showcases ‘MediaArtLab’ in Moscow, Russia.
Participates in the 5th Prague Biennale, Czech Republic.
Is part of ‘Contemporary Masterpieces from Private Collections’ at
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore.
Is part of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi.
Is part of Surrey Art Gallery’s exhibition, ‘In Transition: New Art from
India’ at the Vancouver Biennale, Canada.
Showcases at Artificial Garden, Nam-Seoul Museum of Art Gwanakgu, Seoul, South Korea.
Is part of the group exhibition, ‘Back to Basics - The Museum Per se’
at Guangdon Museum, Guangzhou, China.
Is part of group show ‘Midnight to the Boom’ at Peabody Essex
Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Is part of Expanded Cinema- 3’s group show, ‘Mocumentary: Reality
is Not Enough’, at M.O.M.A., Moscow.
Is nominated for the Asia Pacific Signature Art Prize by the Signature
Art Museum, Singapore.
Participates in ‘Visions and Beyond: Second Shenzhen Independent
Animation Biennale’ at Shenzhen Art Museum, China.
Is invited to speak by Lalit Kala Akademi, Chandigarh,
Solo exhibition, ‘India Week’ at Museum of Ethnography, Hamburg,
Is part of ‘Sights and Sounds: India’ group show at The Jewish
Museum, New York.
His ‘A Very Deep Surface’ solo at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur.
Is part of ‘Delirium/ Equilibrium’ at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New
Is part of ‘Asymmetrical Objects’ at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum,
Receives the Punjab Arts Council and Lalit Kala Akademi, Punjab’s
His work is part of ‘Sightings: Out of the Wild’ at Kiran Nadar Museum
of Art, Noida.