Sujata Bajaj

From her days at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, in Paris, where she experimented with the monotype to her studio in Norway and her home in Pune, Sujata Bajaj has explored various materials, medias and methods. She has worked with different art forms and media such as etching, wood-cut, sculpture, murals, cold ceramic, fibre-glass, metal, mixed media and, now, acrylic. Born in Jaipur in 1958, Sujata’s parents perhaps recognised her immense talent at a young age.After school in Jaipur, Sujata moved to Pune and joined the SNDT College to post graduate in Fine Arts and Painting. She held her first show at the Bal Gandharva Art Gallery, Pune, in 1978. At one of her exhibitions somewhere in mid 1980s, Sujata met painter S H Raza, who describes her as, “one of the best young talents around, someone who is very clear about her concepts in art.” In India, she had been working on a thesis on tribal art, living in what she calls “an extraordinary milieu, one peopled with ancient heritage and myths.”In 1988, Sujata went to in Paris at Raza’s insistence. She was awarded an invitation scholarship by the French Government. In Paris, she enrolled at the Ecole Nationale Superieur Des Beaux-Arts, and worked at Studio Claude Viseux. Tribal art plays a major role in Sujata’s work even today. Quite natural given the fact that she did her PhD degree in Indian tribal art and has lectured on it across the world. Sujata Bajaj spends her time between Pune, Norway and Paris.