Born in India, Anish Kapoor moved to London to study at the Hornsey College of Art (1973-1977), and at the Chelsea School of Art (1977-1978). His return to India in 1979 gave him a renewed perspective on his country and its culture, which he expressed through sculptural work incorporating highly saturated pigments and evocative, architectonic forms. These characteristics, present in his early works from the late 1970s, would evolve over the course of the 1980s and ‘90s to include a greater diversity of forms and materials such as stone, aluminum and resin. His more recent installations demonstrate a growing preoccupation with the question of space, site and architecture, and have become increasingly ambitious and monumental. Kapoor has also created several public art works, including Cloud Gate (2004-2006), a permanent installation in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Commonly known as “The Bean,” this urban sculpture is considered one of the city’s landmarks.

Sans titre, 1984, Mixed media and pigment.
© Anish Kapoor / SOCAN (2022) • Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay