Baptist Coelho´s projects frequently merge personal research with collaborations from various cultures, geographies and histories. These works begin to take on the form of human-shaped media-landscapes and often contend with conflict, emotion, culture, gender, history and the environment. The artist incorporates various media into his practice such as installation, video, sound, photography, performance and found objects, which may develop into site-specific work or public-art projects. While exploring these stories and ideas from various geographical backgrounds, Coelho has discovered that the values and ideas which are expressed through these collaborations can often describe a much larger, global, perspective.Read More
In 2006, Baptist received his Masters of Arts from the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design (BIAD), UK. He was awarded the "Facade Video Award" ((2011) by Art Today Association, Bulgaria ;"Promising Artist Award" ((2007) by Art India and India Habitat Centre, India and "Johnson Prize Fund "(2006) by BIAD, UK. Solo Exhibitions have included Grand Palais, Bern (2009); Project 88, Mumbai (2009); Visual Arts Gallery, Delhi (2009) and BIAD, Birmingham (2006). His work has been exhibited at galleries and institutions, including Contemporary Art Centre, Lithuania (2011-12); Zacheta National Art Gallery, Poland (2011); Essl Museum, Austria (2010); Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea (2010) and Devi Art Foundation, India (2008). Coelho's videos have been screened at institutions, including MAXXI, Rome (2011); Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel (2011) MAC, Lyon (2011); Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland (2010); HEART - Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2010); MuVIM, Valencia (2009); National Art Gallery, Islamabad (2008), amongst others. Coelho was Artist-in-Residence at Delfina Foundation, London (2011-12); Ladakh Arts and Media Organization, Leh (2011-12); 1.Shanthiroad, Bengaluru (2010) and PROGR, Bern (2009). Since 2008, the Paper Airplane Project has been realized by participating schools in India, South Korea, Thailand, UK, Switzerland and Poland. The artist´s works have been reviewed and published in Artforum, New York; Brut, South Korea; Art India; Times of India and other publications. He has also participated in various workshops, panel discussions and artist talks in India, South Korea, Switzerland, Czech Republic and UK.
In 2012, Baptist will exhibit new works at the Pump House Gallery, London and will participate in 48Sheet, a Billboard Project in Birmingham. In the same year he will be Artist-in-Residence at Récollets, Paris and Art Today Association, Plovdiv. The artist lives and works in Mumbai, India.
Earlier this year, Indian born Coelho was awarded the 12th annual Sovereign Asian Art Prize for his work, Attempts to Contain (2015)
Yorkshire-born businessman Howard Bilton is the founder and chairman of the Sovereign Art Foundation, established in Hong Kong in 2003. The Foundation focuses on both recognising the abundance
Indian artist Baptist Coelho may have only recently won the 2016 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Asia’s most prestigious contemporary art prize, but he has been studiously thinking about ideas of ‘nation-state’ and boundaries, its traditional arm of influence, i.e., the military, and sites of conflict since as early as 2006, when he...