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SOSA JOSEPH, Morikuni, 2016-17, oil on canvas, 152.4 x 304.8 cm / 60 x 120 in


Sosa Joseph's paintings are a significant, distinctive contribution to contemporary Indian figuration. One of the few women artists working in Kerala, she cherishes the meaning and potency of painting, further deconstructing the idea of painting as a male domain. Neither satire nor social commentary, her intense, psychologically charged works explore themes of gender, religious identity and the amalgamation of historical and cultural influences that inform the social fabric of Kerala.

Contrary to the lineage of conceptual painters, Sosa Joseph paints directly from life, witnessing her immediate environment and realities. With her cultural and intellectual formation being shaped by the 'Baroda' climate that gained international acclaim through its foremost practitioner, Bhupen Khakhar, Sosa Joseph’s painterly focus is on the ordinary and the local. Festive congregations, the lively atmosphere of the bazaar, people immersed in public activities or sunk in the monotony of everyday life, form the elements of her complex spatial arrangements. Her almost flat ‘faux-naïf’ style chronicles everyday life, with central figures flanked by other smaller scenes. These figures, though in themselves extremely personal, are rendered universal, paying tribute to the conditio humana — the ultimate concerns of human existence.

Born 1971 in Kerala, India
Diploma in Painting, Raja Ravi Varma College of Fine Arts, Mavelikara, Kerala, India
Post-Graduate Diploma in Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda, India
Lives in Kochi, Kerala

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017

    India Art Fair, New Delhi, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke

  • 2016
    ‘What Are We?’, Setouchi Trienniale, Shodoshima Island, Japan
  • 2014
    'Unspecified', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
  • 2009
    'The Common', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
  • 2005
    'Tenacity of the Moon', Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, India

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2016

    'DWELLING', 10th Anniversary Show, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai Curated by Ranjit Hoskote

  • 2015
    'Kamarado', Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
  • 2015
    'Double Take', curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt, Nature Morte, New Delhi 
  • 2012
    Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India
  • 2011

    '5th Anniversary Exhibition', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

  • 2007
    'Panchatantra', Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, India
  • 2006
    'Intimate Revelations', Schneider Museum of Art, Oregon, USA
  • 2006
    'Open-Eyed Dreams', Durbar Hall Art Center, Kochi, India 
  • 2003
    'Remembering Bhupen', Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi


  • 2016

    Setouchi Triennale Residency (March 2016) for travel and exhibition in Shodoshima, Japan 

  • 2015
    Global Collaborations Program, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands