Bharti Kher

The Creator of Disruptive Beauty

Bharti Kher was born and raised in London, where she grew up playing among the rich and colourful fabrics of her parents’ sari shop. After studying fine art at and painting at Newcastle Polytechnic, Kher moved to New Delhi in 1993, where she still lives and works. Today, Kher is widely recognized as one of India’s boldest and most important contemporary artists. Her sculpture of a life-sized female elephant covered in sperm-shaped bindis ‘The Skin Speaks a Language Not its Own’ was dubbed by Financial Times art critic Jackie Wullschlager as one of the only truly iconic pieces of art to emerge from a spate of 21st Century Indian art surveys. Art + Auction has named her one of the world’s ’50 Next Most Collectible Artists’. Kher’s work has been shown at major museums and galleries around the world, from the Serpentine in London to the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Her honours include the Arken Prize and the French government’s Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters).