Subodh Kerkar Indian, b. 1959

"You can be an artist only when you keep the ‘Child’ alive in you”.


Subodh Kerkar is an artist and an activist and uses his art to comment on social, political, religious, cultural, and other issues. He has carved a niche for himself, especially in the field of conceptual art and land art. He spent his childhood, walking on the beaches with his artist father, Chandrakant Kerkar. These walks consolidated his relationship with his father and with the ocean. Subodh Kerkar’s installations are heavily washed by the ocean, both literally and metaphorically. He creates ephemeral and performative work using thousands of mussel shells, pebbles, palm leaves, boats, fishermen, and sand. The ocean is both inside and outside his works, his master and his muse.


Subodh Kerkar (b. 1959, Goa, India) was born in a small picturesque village of Keri on the northern border of Goa. A qualified medical professional, he gave up medicine to pursue arts 30 years ago. Kerkar often works with found objects and historical material, often infusing it with commentaries on contemporary experience. He is the Founding Director of the Museum of Goa (MOG) and has exhibited, lectured, and presented widely in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. He lives and works in Goa. Presently, he also holds the Mario Miranda Chair under VRPP at Goa University.