Born in 1973 in West Bengal, Tanmoy Samanta began his artistic journey at the Kala Bhavan in Santiniketan, West Bengal, as a student of BFA and MFA followed by training at the Kanoria Arts Centre, Ahmedabad.
His career has seen a number of solo exhibitions including three with the New Delhi based Gallery Espace and one at Anant Art Gallery, Kolkata. Samanta’s show in 2014, titled The Shadow Trapper’s Almanac, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, marked his first solo exhibition in Mumbai, followed by Portraits in Time (2017) and The Shape of Home (2021) at TARQ Gallery.
Samanta has exhibited in group shows across India and abroad. Most recently, in 2022 he was part of the New Natures show at Goethe Institut, Gallery MMB, Mumbai, curated by Ravi Agarwal and Ranjit Hoskote. Other significant shows include In the City (2016) curated by Caroline Fischer at Norwich University Deck of Cards (2016) by Laura Williams at the British Council, New Delhi, Reading Room (2014) curated by Amit Kumar Jain as a collateral event of Kochi Mujhiris Biennale, Fabular Bodies (2011) curated by Gayatri Sinha at CSMVS, Mumbai and many more.
His works are shown at numerous art fairs such as Art Dubai, Dhaka Art Summit and the India Art Fair and DCAW, and are a part of several prestigious public art projects such as the installation at the Hyatt Andaz, Delhi (2016), at IIM Amedabad (2016), Reliance ADA Delhi Airport Metro, T2 Liminus, Mumbai International Airport (2013) and Bee-Hive at the Hyatt Regency, Chennai (2011), curated by Rajeev Sethi.
He has been invited to the international artist’s residency in Vermont Studio Center in the USA, Nautilus in Spain, Contemporary Art Space in Morocco, Unnati Cultural Village in Nepal. In 2002, Samanta’s artistic practice was recognised and celebrated with an award from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA.
Samanta has been featured extensively in several prestigious publications including Flash Art International, Domus, Critical Collective, Art India Magazine, Take on Art, Arts Illustrated, Art and Deal, Denver University journal.
Tanmoy Samanta lives and works between New Delhi and Santiniketan, West Bengal.