Shombit Sengupta

Meet contemporary artist Shombit Sengupta, the creator of the art movement — Gesturism.

Anchored by: Alifiya Mehamdabadwala
Photographs: Courtesy the artist

Renowned Franco Indian artist Shombit Sengupta (Sen) was born in a refugee camp in Kolkata and spent his childhood in poverty. It was his mother’s encouragement which prompted him to study art at the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata. His admiration for the famous Vincent van Gogh and Spaniards Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dal took him to France. Here, for survival, Sen took up the job of a sweeper in Atelier Gourdon, a lithographic print shop in Cachan and was mentored by famous artists like Erte, Leonor Fini, and Alain Bonnefoit. While the artist pursued commercial art and set up his own company for livelihood, it was in the ’90s Sen started devising his own ideology of contemporary painting, which he termed Gesturism. Gesturism art incorporates a creative celebration of the limitless gestures of all living beings, from birth to death. Characterized by depiction of movement, spontaneous brushstrokes and bright colours, Gesturism lets the imagination take over. As a further innovation in Gesturism, Sen has also introduced a scrambled-installation model called DESORDRE to his paintings. His artworks have been presented at the Carrousel du Louvre Museum, Paris; the Tokyo International Art Fair; the International Art Expo in Ca’ Zanardi, Venice; the International Fine Art Masters in historic Castle Hubertendorf in Austria, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Kolkata.