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Sandeep Dhopate

Born: 1975
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Lives and Works: Mumbai, India

About The Artist

Sandeep’s works explore the intersections between religion, spirituality and sexuality often questioning our current moral values system established through a mass blind acceptance of a generalised truth.
His unique visual style, Indian in its aesthetics, uses colours and symbolisms to further his stories. His approach towards staged portraiture creates a tension between what is real and what is fiction. By challenging widely held understandings of Indian culture, he employs a narrative style that blurs the lines between reality and fiction often forcing the viewer to think about parallel interpretations of contemporary beliefs.

A recipient of several awards, he has regularly displayed his works at exhibitions and photo festivals both in India and internationally.

- India Culture Lab - Mumbai 2017 - “Tritiya Prakriti (Third Nature)”
- Addis Foto Fest - Ethiopia 2016 - “Elysium”
- The One Fest Goa - India 2016 - “Elysium”
- Part of 10 internationally selected group of artistes for a collaborative research program titled “Disappearing Dialogues” in Art Ichol, Maihar, Madhya Pradesh. Works to be exhibited at the India Habitat Centre in December 2017. (
-, USA, February 2016 - Featured - “Elysium"
-, USA, January 2016 - Featured on the homepage - "smaraNa - A -Recollection" Invited by IIT for TechFest -2015, Mumbai 2015
- Named by as one of the top 9 artists in India who are exploring sex and sexuality in important ways. (
- Dali International Photography Festival, China 2015 - "Protean"
- Athens International Photo Festival, Greece 2015 - "Fighting Into Oblivion"
- Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai, India 2015 - "Epistolize"
- Goa International Photography Festival, Goa, India 2015 - "Protean"
- Focus Photography Festival - Mumbai, India 2015 - "Dancing Into Oblivion"
- Focus Photography Festival, Mumbai, India 2013 - "Katari"
- Director’s Choice Award - Adjudged by Mr. Arko Dutta - World Press Photo Of the Year Winner, Mumbai 2012
- PX3, Paris, France - HON. MENTION - 2011
- PX3, Paris, France - HON. MENTION - 2012
- PX3, Paris, France - HON. MENTION - 2013 INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS, USA - Nominee 2012
- LONELY PLANET Magazine - TOP 50 Emerging Photographers in India 2010