ManilRohit is a collaborative brother-artist-duo of Manil Gupta and Rohit Gupta. Brought up in Lucknow, they completed their respective early schooling there before moving to New Delhi in 1998.
Their unique style of collaboration - with each having total freedom to add to and fundamentally alter pieces as they develop - serves to provoke and push the boundaries of their art, creating truly dynamic works rich in cultural and social commentary and sharp in wit.
Perhaps as a result of this, their work never fails to grab attention, sometimes controversially – their exhibition at the 2015 Pune Biennale sparked hot debate on art censorship.
With the underlying theme of carnival and circus, their latest works are graphic and employ visually dense comic narrative. In their new works, they are also experimenting with contextual shapes for canvases, hand-cut into plywood and other materials.
In the words of Peter Nagy, eminent Curator and Gallery Director at Nature Morte:
‘Manil and Rohit create crazy, complex paintings that bring together multiple painting styles and subjects, both high and low. Exuberant, intensely colourful, and full of humour, the works radiate a sense of joy and youth. The artists employ day-glo and metallic colors to amplify the carnivalesque qualities of their imagery, creating shaped canvases that also could be used as theatrical sets. This is the art of a new, cosmopolitan India, with a plethora of references both international and indigenous.’
The duo have also conceived, curated and hosted the first of its kind television show ‘The New Creative India’, featuring the best in contemporary art, design and fashion in India. It was aired on NDTV Goodtimes in July-Aug 2014. Currently they are working on the second season of the show.