Artist Profile


She was born at Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. 1974-79 Worked with PROYOM, Progressive Youth Movement. 1974 Travelled widely in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. 1977 Travelled extensively in the Gulf Countries. 1992 Made a short film called `Links Destroyed & Rediscovered (11 minutes). 1994 She designed the book, `Nasreen in Retrospect` with Bharati Kapadia, edited by Altaf. 1997 Presented a paper: at the Symposium- `Urban and Village Women Artists of India`, U.C. Berkeley Art Museum, U.S.A. 1999 Invited to present a paper at a conference on `Indigenous Asia, Knowledge, Technology and Gender Relation`, Asion Institute of Technology, Bangkok. 1999 She presented a paper at Fukoka Asian Art Museum seminar during the First Asian Art Triennial. 1999 Invited to participate in a slide session, `Where lies the Frame`, a part of a Symposium of Women artists and writers `Expression as Empowerment, organised by Majlis, Max Muller Bhavan, Bombay. 1999-2000 `Collaborative as a strate


1967-72 Studied at J.J. School, Bombay. 1981-82 Worked at Garhi Studios, in the Litho Section under Deviraj Dhakoji, New Delhi.


  • 1973 Participated in the group exhb. of oil paintings (with Saleem and Sobha), Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1976 Group exhb. of paintings (with Nalini Malani and Kishen Khanna), Zeitgenossische Indische Kunst, Werl, Germany.
  • 1980 National Exhb., Lalit Lala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • 1983 `Seven Women Artists`, Art Heritage, New Delhi.
  • 1983 National and International Graphics exhb. and Biennale, Bradford, England.
  • 1983 Navjot and husband Altaf, works on paper, Zeitgenossische Indische Kunst, Werl, Germany.
  • 1983 9th Independants Exhb. of prints in Kanagawa, Japan.
  • 1984 10th Independants Exhb. of prints in Kanagawa, Japan.
  • 1984 `Contemporary Indian Graphics`, U.S.A.
  • 1985 First International Biennale of Prints, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • 1985 `Navjot Und Altaf`, works on paper, Zeitgenossische Indische Kunst, Werl, Germany.
  • 1986 `MAIE FORMY GRAFIKI POLSKA`, Lodz 87`.
  • 1987 `Prints with a Point 1987`, an international exhb. of drypoint and polemical prints,


Govt. Museum, Chandigarh. National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Harsh Goenka & RPG Enterprises. Galerie Dedeke, Germany.


1968-72 Won various prizes for drawings and paintings as student of the J.J. School, Bombay. 1971 Won prize at the Bombay Art Society`s Annual Art Exhb. (Student Section), Bombay. 1980 Won prize at the Maharashtra State Art Exhb., Bombay. 1983 AIFACS Award, New Delhi. 1984 Drawing 1983, Chandigarh.


Navjot is a distinguished painter, sculptor, installation artist and filmmaker. Inspired by Marxist ideologies, she has consciously questioned various frameworks of social injustice bringing to her work a sense of social commitment. Explorative and experimental in material and medium, the artist maps the trajectories of memory, history and culture, interrogating the `body-politics`, seeing the self as the source of knowledge, and articulating one`s own experience to address issues related to social politics and art.


1983 Graphics Workshop at Baroda, organised by Urja Art Gallery, Baroda. 1984 Graphics Workshop- J.J.School, organised by U.S.I.S and Prof. Linghan, Bombay. 1986 Workshop of paintings organised by CMC, Calcutta. 1986-88 Workshop of paintings organised by `XAL Praxis`, Goa. 1988 Workshop of paintings organised by Genesis Art Gallery, Calcutta. 1992 Workshop of paintings organised by Goodrick & Genesis Art Gallery, Calcutta. 1993 Painting workshop organised by Sanghis, Hyderabad. 1993 Painting workshop organised by Arta Trust, Bombay. 1996 Organised a workshop for students from J.J. School of Art, Murud Janjira. 1998 Executed a project, `Chawal ki Kahini`, with school students in Kondagaon, Bastar. 2001 `Cyfuniad` International Artists` Workshop, Plas Caerdeon, Wales, U.K. 2001 `The Aesthetic Experience: An Experimental Workshop in New Media`, organised by `Artunderground`, Vadodara, Gujarat. 2001 `National Artists Camp`- Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishath Art Comple.