Karl Antao

born in1966 in Mumbai. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Sir J. J School of Applied Arts, Mumbai in 1991.

Antao has had eight solo exhibitions, 2010- 'Couple of Differences', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai; Gallery Espace, New Delhi. 2007- ‘Unseen Truth’, Gallery Sumukha, Chennai and Bangalore. 2004- India Habitat Centre, New Delhi presented by Gallery Espace, New Delhi. 2003- Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai. 1999- Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai. 1993- Hutcheesing Visual Art Centre, Ahmedabad. Sophie Duschene Art Gallery, Mumbai. 1989- Lalit Kala Art Gallery, Ahmedabad.

Amongst the many awards he received the Indian Habitat Centre Award for Best Solo Show in 2005, Bendre- Husain Award, India in 1995, Bombay Art Society Award in 1993 and the Best Sculpture Award, All India Arts Society, Mumbai in 1992.

Antao has participated in numerous art exhibitions from 1987 till date on invitation, in India and abroad. He has conducted numerous workshops in paper pulp, terracotta and metal casting.

His sculptures are mammoth creations charged with emotion, an almost unknown commodity in this day and age. Emotions spew out of the larger than life figures with abandon making them seem a trifle trite and obvious

Some of Antao's pieces hint at an invisible presence even though only a single being can be viewed. And bits and pieces at that, just the hands or the feet or some other part of the torso. Rarely the entire figure. Yet, the alter ego hovers in the air for those with vision and imagination to see it. Never loud and obtrusive Karl, Antao's sculptures convey myriad human emotions with ease and a visual impact.

He lives and works in Ahemadabad.
WEAR ME AND MY HANDS WILL BE YOUR WINGS 30" x 21" - plaster bandage and fibreglass - 2011
GARDEN-HER 45.5" x 29.5" - pen and ink on paper - 2011
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