Born in 1964, Atul Bhalla completed his bachelor’s in fine arts from the College of Art, University of Delhi, and his master’s in fine arts from the School of Art, Northern Illinois University, USA. He is presently a professor of visual art at Shiv Nadar University in India. Bhalla is a conceptual artist working with environmental issues, particularly those surrounding water, for more than two decades. Primarily using photography, the artist engages with the eco-politics of water as well as explores histories and associative meanings of sites of everyday living, often building narratives through performance.
He has had several solo shows, including Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi (2018, 2015, 2011); Art Museum, USA (2016, 2011); the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Rome (2016); SepiaEYE, New York (2015); Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Philadelphia (2011); Project 88, Mumbai (2009); and Aicon Gallery, London (2008), among others. He has also participated in various group shows, including the Chennai Photo Biennale (2019); Haverford College, Philadelphia (2019); Fotofest Biennale, Houston, Texas (2018, 2016); Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai (2018, 2017); 1st Kuala Lumpur Biennale, Malaysia (2017); SepiaEYE, New York (2017); RIMT Melbourne, Australia (2017); Bikaner House, New Delhi (2017); Kalakriti Festival, Hyderabad (2017); the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi (2016); the Stephen D. Paine Gallery. Massachusetts Institute of Art and Design, USA (2015); and Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts, Goa (2015); Museo MADRE, Naples (2014); Sharjah Art Museum (2014); and the Aberdeen Art Gallery, UK (2014), to name a few.
The artist lives and works in New Delhi, India.