Digbijayee Khatua traces his artistic sojourn from his native place, Kendrapada in Odisha to his current place of practice in Delhi. A shift from rural to urban, Odia to Hindi, the home and the world, the artist’s mundane realities changed enormously and to this he credits most of his conceptual development and modified techniques. Cityscapes and elements of urbanity are eminent in his works. He expresses with watercolors in a layered dialogue to accentuate existential depths within the city. Interestingly, his works do not lose aesthetic pleasure in the otherwise grim realities, thereby retaining a subtle yet striking visual allegory.
Khatua received a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts in 2012 from B. K. College of Art and Crafts, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha and a Master’s degree in Fine Arts in 2015 from College of Art, Delhi University. He was recently awarded 62th National Award , Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, 2022, awarded Gold medal Prafulla art foundation, Mumbai, India- 2018, IPCA scholarship, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India- 2016, Research grant scholarship Lalit Kala Academy, Garhi Studio, New Delhi- 2015. And selected for artist residency FLAME Artists’ Residency, FLAME University, Pune, India-2019, Ekaant Artist Residency, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India-2019, Piramal Art Residency, Mumbai, India- 2016, Kochi Muziris Biennale, Post-Graduate Residency, Vagamon, Kerala, India-2015, KHOJ Peers Artists and Critic-in-Residency in, New Delhi, India-2015, Reflection Art Studio Artist Residency in, New Delhi, India-2013. His work has been exhibited at “SHIFTING SEASONS”, with Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, India- 2021, “MALHAR”, with Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, India- 2020, “Telling Tales. A Journey into Narrative Forms” Venue: Bikaner House, Anant Art, Delhi, India- 2018, India Art Fair, with Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, India- 2020, Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad, India-2019, Dr. Bhau Dji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India- 2019, MOMUS Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece- 2019, The Times of India Design festival, Taj Palace, New Delhi, India- 2019, India Art Fair, with Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, India- 2019, (RE)VISITING THE URBAN) Venue: Bikaner House, Anant Art, Delhi, India- 2018, India Art Fair, with Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, India- 2018, Anant Art Gallery, (When the caged bird sings) New Delhi, India- 2018, Priyasri Art Gallery “Hinge” Curated by Shruti Ramlingsiag, Mumbai, India- 2017, “Shifting Realities” Group Show at Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, India- 2017, 58th National Exhibition of Art, National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore, -2017, Indo-Korean Young Artist exhibition, Emerging Canvas-IV, Seoul, korea-2016, “SCAPE AND SCOPE” Group Show at Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, India- 2016, “Liminal affinities” Group Show at Nine Fish Art Gallery, Mumbai, India- 2015, 57th National Exhibition of Art, Rashtriya lalit kala academy, Lucknow, -2016, “Art Spotting V” Group Show at Gallery Art Positive, New Delhi, India- 2015, Kochi Muziris Student Biennale, Kerala, India- 2015, 56th National Exhibition of Art, Rashtriya lalit kala academy, New Delhi -2015, NIV Art Gallery, New Delhi, India- 2015, Tao Art gallery, Mumbai, India- 2014. Now he is working in Kaladham Society, Greater Noida and Professionally working as a artist with Anant art gallery, New Delhi.