With wit and irony, the Kolkata-born artist explores India’s attitude to the female form and all its attendant meanings – whether as a mother, sexual being or figure of worship. She illuminates the positions of women in light of religious, historical, social, political & local myths. Sengupta not only breaks that unspoken taboo to make the latent eroticism of the story deliberately explicit, but she exploits it in her critique of patriarchy.
While Sengupta has been trained in a department known as "Indian Style Painting" at her undergraduate institution in Kolkata, her years at the MSU of Baroda, gave her the opportunity to work with a wide range of mediums. And today, she uses gouache, digital prints, video, serigraphy & performance to serve her purpose.
By merging mythological characters from traditional miniature art with modern pop culture she subverts the populist dichotomies: tradition vs modernity & Indian vs Western.
The fundamentally hybrid character of her work undermines the perception of art as a mirror of a state of cultural purity, underscoring instead its discursive character shaped by history & culture.
Meenakshi Sengupta (born in 1987), completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts (painting) from the Govt. College of Art & Craft of the University of Calcutta and her Master's degree (painting) with distinction (Gold Medal), from the M.S. University, Baroda, 2013.
She had her first solo show at the famous gallery Maskara in Mumbai "Flavour Chart" - Gallery Maskara - Mumbai, 2013. She has also exhibited her works in many group shows in India & abroad; Recently she participated in the exhibition "Time" - Gallery Maskara, 2016. In 2015 in "A Construal of Mourning and Rage" - Emami Chisel Art - Kolkata & "Back to College" - VadFest - Vadodara. In 2013, her work has been exhibited at "Traditions/Transformations" - Geukens & De Vil - Antwerp, Belgium, 2013; In 2012 she participated in the Mumbai Gallery Weekend, Taj Lands End, Mumbai. In 2011, her work was part of the group show "En-Gender"- Studio 21 - Kolkata & Sengupta's work was shown at "Gen-Next" - Aakriti Gallery, Kolkata 2010.
She also participated to different Art fairs; Art Brussels 2014 & India Art Fair 2014.
In 2012, Meenakshi received the prestigious Nasreen Mohammedi Award from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU. In 2010, she received the Academy Award from the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata & in 2009 the Nandlal Bose Award.
She lives & works in Kolkata, West Bengal.