Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra, branded as Thukral & Tagra, have worked as a team since the turn of the millennium. Born in 1976 in Jalandar, Thukral completed his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at Chandigarh College of Arts, and his Master’s degree in the same at the Delhi College of Art. Tagra was born in New Delhi in 1979. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art at the Delhi College of Art and then went on to postgraduate studies in Communication Design at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. Their works are executed in a wide variety of media including graphics, videos, music, interiors, product design, paintings, sculpture and installations. Amongst their solo shows are ‘Longing for Tomorrow-II’ at Nature Morte, New Delhi 2014, ‘Q’, by Nature Morte at Famous Studio, Mumbai, ‘Windows of Opportunity’ at Art Plural, Singapore, in 2013; ‘Longing for Tomorrow’ at Nature Morte, Berlin, ‘Nosturistic’ at Hilger Contemporary, Austria, in 2012; ‘The Beautifuk Game – Foundation Thukral and Tagra’ at the India Art Fair, ‘Put it on, Again!!; at Nature Morte, New Delhi, ‘Science Mystery and Magic’ at Btap, Tokyo ‘Germa Returned’ at Nature Morte, Gurgaon, in 2011; ‘Low-Tech Family Vacation’ at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore, ‘Middle Class Dreams’ at Arario, Seoul, ‘Match – Fixed’ at Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing, in 2010; Thukral and Tagra, Opp. Bosedk Mall’ at Gallery Barry Keldoulis Sydney, ‘Nouveau Riche’ at Nature Morte, Berlin, in 2009; ‘Somnium Genero’ at Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney, in 2008; ‘Thukral and Tagra’ at Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, in 2008; ‘Put It On’ at Bose Pacia, New York, in 2007; ‘Everyday Bosedk’ at Nature Morte, New Delhi, in 2007; and ‘Bosedkdesigns.com’ at Nature Morte, New Delhi, in 2005.
Some of their most recent group shows include ‘India Today’ at Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst, Denmark, in 2012; ‘Maximum India’ at The Kennedy Center, USA in 2011, at the Vancouver Biennale, Canada, in 2010’ Chalo India: A new Era of Indian Art’, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna, in 2009; ‘Passage to India’ at Initial Access - the Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton, in 2008’ ‘Imaginary Realities: Constructed Worlds in Abstract and Figurative Painting’ at Max Wigram Gallery London also in 2008, ‘Animamix: From Modernity to Eternity’ at MOCA Shanghai, ‘Pink’ at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai; and ‘Does Size Matter?’ at Art Konsult, New Delhi, all in 2007. Thukral & Tagra have won a number of awards, their most recent one being the “101 Emerging Designers, from Wallpaper Magazine for Global Edit ‘06”. Both of the artists live and work in New Delhi.