Swagata Bhattacharyya is a visual artist based in Kolkata, India. His work focuses on highlighting the speculative narratives of existing power structures and the multifaceted ways they shape our world. He employs a combination of drawing, photography, and CGI to create simulated worlds that explore how modes of power shape policies and influence the future through architecture, urban design, technology, and manufactured landscapes.
Swagata holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata (2018), and a Master of Visual Arts degree in Painting from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara (2020). He was awarded the Inlaks Fine Arts Award in 2020 and had his first solo show titled ‘Scenes from a Despot’s Dream’ at Aicon Contemporary in New York in 2022.
Swagata also served as an artist-in-residence at Gästeatelier Krone, Aarau, Switzerland from January to June 2023.