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Subodh Kerkar



Born on 26th August 1959, in Goa, Subodh Kerkar gave up his medical profession in 1990 to pursue his passion. His art practice includes installations, sculptures, multimedia works, performances, paintings and drawings. His works are heavily washed by the ocean and are commentaries on social political and religious issues. He narrates histories using contemporary visual idioms. He is the founding director of Museum of Goa and holds the Mario Miranda Chair for Arts in Goa University.


Artist Statement

Subodh states, “My opinions find expression in my creation. I believe that artists are sensors, receptors and transmitters of ideas in a society and I try to fulfil that role to the best of my ability, even at the cost of winning the ire of those in power.”

Speaking about his influences and inspirations, Subodh says, “I consider myself an ocean artist. The ocean is both, inside and outside my works; my master and my muse. I celebrate the ocean as a creator of civilizations. I am an avid student of history which becomes a footnote to most of my works.”




Major Exhibitions



  • 'Oceanic Odyssey' presented by Art Positive @ India Art Fair, New Delhi
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
  • India Art Fair, New Delhi 
  • Reimagining Gandhi: An Artist's Vision’, works for Serendipity Arts Festival 2017, Goa
  • Moses and the Plastic Ocean’ (Invited Artist at Sea Art Festival, Busan Biennale)
  • Carpet of Joy’ – An installation which aimed at spreading awareness against littering, Saligao, Goa. (The installation was created using One Lakh Fifty Thousand discarded plastic bottles and was visited by over Two Lakhs people over a period of Two months). 
  • India Art Fair, New Delhi
  • Installations for BRICS 2016, Goa
  • India Art Fair, New Delhi
  • Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus, 2015, Denmark
  • Janela - Migrating Forms & Migrating Gods’ A Collateral Event presented by MOG at Kochi Muziris Biennale 2014, Kochi, Kerala
  • Label 201 Gallery, Rome
  • Sparsha -Touching the Senses. Ritual and contemporary Indian art’ at Kunstmuseum, Bochum, Germany
  • Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Australia
  • Water Bodies’, exhibition organized by INKO Centre and Arts Council (Korea) in Chennai
  • Strarta Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery, London
  • Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia
  • Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Australia
  • The Pepper Cross’ Canvas International, Art, Amsterdam
  • United Art Fair, New Delhi
  • Unsung in Life; Unclaimed in Death’ project for Raqs Media Collective, organized at Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi
  • The Pepper Cross’ Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin, Germany
  • Invited to create an installation at Marina beach, Chennai for Chennai Art Fair 2012
  • United Art Fair, New Delhi
  • Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia
  • Unfolding of a Dream’, an installation in support of the Tibetan cause, created with the blessing of HH, the Dalai Lama at Vagator beach, Goa
  • The Earth Bowl’ (Prithvi Kund), installation at Ozran, Small Vagator beach, Anjuna, Goa


  • Ruhr Biennale, Duisburg, Germany
  • 'The presence of the absence’, installation for Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla
  • The Art of India - 20 years of Contemporary Art’, Gallery Neumeister, Munich, organised by The Indian Institute, Munich on its 80th  Anniversary
  • Jam Jar Gallery, Dubai
  • The Sea Remembers’, Canvas International Art, Amsterdam
  • Jam Jar Gallery, Dubai
  • Gulf Art Fair, Dubai
  • 20 installations for Mumbai Festival
  • Half a kilometer of installations for the International Film Festival of India, Goa
  • Half a kilometer of installations for the International Film Festival of India, Goa
  • Kronen Gallery, Zurich 
  • Hillestad Gallery, Norway
  • Fundacao Oriente, Macao

Lectures and Workshops


  • ‘I AM AN OCEAN ARTIST’  Keynote presentation for Indian Ocean Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
  • What is art? Keynote presentation for dialogues Decennial- Edition, Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
  • GROHE Architect Event at Fort Bishangarh Rajasthan 
  • Reclaiming Gandhi: Online lecture for Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations, IIT Jodhpur 
  • Reclaiming Gandhi: Online lecture for The Hindu Lit For Life 2021


  • Thinking Gandhi in the times of Corona Online Lecture for Shoolini University, Himachal Pradesh.
  • Expressing Gandhi lecture for Kerala Literature Festival, Kozhikode, Kerala
  • ‘I AM AN OCEAN ARTIST’ Keynote presentation for ONE CONFERENCE: Ocean Networking and Ecosystem Development at NCBS-TIFR, Bengaluru.
  • Gandhi Reborn- 150 years later  Final discussion along with Lord Meghnad DEsau (House of Lords) and Dr. Shrutee Kapila (University of Cambridge) moderated by Mr. Eric Berglof (Director of the LSE Institute of Global Affairs) at London School of Economics.
  • Public Lectures as part of VRP under Mario Miranda Chair: 
  • Gandhi Through Art
  • Introduction to Contemporary Art
  • Introduction to Art Online lecture for Beyond Boundaries- E-sessions by ThinkArts organized by Takshila..
  • Art in Landscape: Subodh Kerkar's Land Art’, Conversation with Tehzeeb Katari at The Hindu Lit for Life festival, 2018, Chennai
  • Social and creative entrepreneurship’, at the International Seminar on Entrepreneurship as a social Movement, organized by, Kolkata
  • 'Edu Vision India – 2022', National Educational Conference 2017, Goa
  • Gandhi and Science’, lecture at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune
  • Reclaiming Gandhi through arts’, lecture at The University College London (UCL), for the conference ‘Mahatma Gandhi in the 21st Century: Gandhian Themes and values
  • Land art’, presentation at Sea Art Festival, Busan Biennale 2017
  • The social and the political in my artistic practice’, TEDx talks, Goa College of Engineering
  • Reclaiming Gandhi’, presentation for ‘The Wire’
  • History of medicine in Goa’, talk for Difficult Dialogues, Goa
  • Installation art’, workshop and lecture for the students of Indian Institute of Management (IIMA), Ahmedabad
  • Food against fanaticism’ lecture at INK Conference, Goa
  • Regional responses through art’, talk at Serendipity Arts Festival, 2016, Goa
  • Museum of Goa’ Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) 2015, International Centre, Goa
  • The Ocean and Art’, lecture at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Installation workshop for the students of college of Arts & Crafts, University of Lucknow
  • Exploring history through Art’, TEDx talks, BITS Pilani, Goa
  • 'My experiments with installations’, presentation, Camel Art Foundation, Art Lecture Festival, Goa
  • My experiments with art’, presentation, Jaipur Art Summit. 
  • My experiments with installations’, presentation, Thinkfest 2013, Goa
  • Artists in Conversation’ David Handley (Founding Director, Sculpture by Sea) and Dr. Subodh Kerkar, Lalit Kala Akademi, National Academy of Art, New Delhi
  • My experiments with art’, presentation, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi
  • My art journey’, presentation for Mohor, Pune Biennale 2013 
  • Interventions in landscape’, Presentation at Forum for Exchange and Exchange in Design (FEED), Pune 

Catalogues and Publications


Numerous catalogues of Subodh’s works have been published by different galleries, nationally and internationally

The important ones include: 

  • The Sea Remembers’ and ‘The Pepper Cross’ – Canvas International Art, Amsterdam
  • Janela’: Migrating Forms and migrating Gods - Museum of Goa (MOG)
  • Balcao’ – Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi
  • Gopakapattanam’ - Museum of Goa (MOG)
  • Morphology of Archive’ - Museum of Goa (MOG)
  • Ruhr Biennale, Germany 
  • Busan Biennale, Korea
  • Sculpture by the Sea, Australia, Denmark 
  • 4 collections of Subodh's social and political cartoons have been  published during his student days, when he was a regular cartoonist for the Navhind Times and the Illustrated Weekly of India​

Television Programmes


  • Subodh regularly presented a show ‘Kalakirtan’ for Prudent Media in Konkani with the objective of taking contemporary art to the masses
  • He has been an anchor for a number of television interviews of individuals from different walks of life for different television channels in Goa
  • FILM ON SUBODH KERKAR BY BHARAT BALA GANAPATHY: Celebrated film director, Bharat Bala just completed shooting a 12 minutes film on one of Subodh Kerkar’s work titled ‘The fishermen and the sea’, created with a Hundred fishermen on Morjim beach
  • Regarding India’, documentary on Subodh Kerkar’s works by Kathryn Myers (Professor at Connecticut University), which has been created as a teaching aid for her students

Public Sculptures


  • The Russian Mammoth’, a sculpture in Suzdal, Russia, as part of ‘Man of the world’ Festival of experimental art
  • Works for The Himalayan Garden & Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, which include 'The Cotton Field', 'Laterite Stone Head', 'Karimeen' (Fish), 'Pineapple Disc', 'The Oceanic' and 'Dialogs'
  • The moon and the tides’, sculpture in bronze for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), commissioned by Urban Arts Project (UAP), Australia
  • Sculptures for Lavasa Special Planning Authority (LSPA)
  • Sculptures at Valpoi for Mineral Foundation of Goa
  • Art works for Goa Niwas, New Delhi
  • Sculptures for Garden of Five Senses, New Delhi '
  • Sculptures for Noida Toll Bridge Company