Saroj Mahato

Saroj Mahato is the co-founder and director at Bikalpa Art Center (BAC) found in 2014. He started his artistic career as a visual artist/ filmmaker from 2009. He studied MFA (Video/ Film) from Korea National University of Arts, South Korea (2011). He is also an alumni of the Asian Film Academy at Busan International Film Festival. He has also worked at Tribhuvan University Central Department of Arts for five years (2012- 2017) as a new media lecturer. His works have been seen at several in Nepal and abroad. 

He has been working at BAC from 2014 as director and curator. As curator/ managing director, he has organized several international art projects like residencies, exhibitions, and events which can be found under blog posts. During the course, he has successfully worked with various local as well as international partners, collaborators, sponsors. BAC is one of the most promising and active contemporary art spaces in Kathmandu.

Saroj Mahato
20th Nov. 1981, Mahendra Adarsh– 7, Bara, Nepal 
e-mail: [email protected]
Cell phone: +977-9851147776

Education :
2011: M. F. A. (Film and Videos) Korean National University of Arts, South Korea 
2005: B. F. A. Lalitkala Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
2002: I. F. A. Lalitkala Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Independent Films and Videos:
2012: Dhulo (Short Movie – 17 Minutes- Producer. Director & Editor)
2011: The Last 5 Minutes ( Short Movie – 10  Minutes – Production Designer)
2011: Buddha Born in Nepal ( Documentary – 75 Minutes – Producer, Director & Editor)
2011: Luniva (Short Movie – 13 Minutes – Producer, Director & Editor)
2010: Self Portrait, a painting… (Short Movie – 13 Minutes)
2010: Virtual Dream (Short Movie – 13 Minutes)
2009: As it is…  (Video Art – 05 Minutes)

Film Festivals:
2013: Toronto Nepali Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
2012: Nepal Now 2012  Nepal Now 2012 Köln, Heliosstr. 6, 50825 Köln-Ehrenfeld, Germany
2012: Eka Deshma I Festival de’ Contemporary Cinema 2012: Underground Talkies, Kathmandu, Nepal
2011: Asia Film Academy by Busan International Film Festival

Solo Exhibitions:
2008: “Absence of Objects” 
Series I: an exhibition of paintings at Park Gallery, Pulchok, Lalitpur, Nepal
Series II: an exhibition of paintings at The Art Shop, Darbar Marga, Kathmandu, Nepal
Series III: an exhibition of paintings at the British Embassy- Esterling Club, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal 
2006: “Green Apple” an exhibition of paintings and installation at Bandana Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal 
2005: “Here You Are!” a collaborative exhibition of sounds, installations, poetries and paintings at Nepal Art  Council, Kathmandu, Nepal

Residencies:
2019: Trans Studio Project 4.0, Bikalpa Art Center, Kathmandu, Nepal
2011: 5 days Interactive Media Art Camp,
Jeonju, South Korea by Smart Space Culture Technology Research Center
2010: Artists in Residence “Food and Food (30 days)” organized by Art Space Mite and Ugro Community Space 
2007: “Naya Aawaj Haru” a two months residency organized by Sutra Art Center, Kathmandu, Nepal 
2010: “Food and Food” 45 days Artists in Residence organized by Art space MITE and Community Space Ugro, Gwang Ju, Korea 

Grants and Awards :
2008: Full Scholarship for Master’s Program in Fine Arts From Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism at Korean National University of Arts, South Korea
2008: Public Art/ Bill Board Project “Gender Equality and Democracy” organized by Lasanaa an alternative art space 
2005 Special award of “Juddakala” Annual art competition and exhibition organized by Zero Century Nepal

Working Experiences:
2012- Present: Lecturer at Tribhuvan University, Central Department of Fine Arts, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal
2007 – 2008: Art and Craft Teacher at Ullens School, Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal (full time)
2006 – 2007: Art Teacher at United School, Satdobato, Lalitpur, Nepal (part time)
2003 – 2007: Art and Craft Teacher at Wendy House School Bhatbhateni, Kathmandu, Nepal (part time)
2000 – 2003 Art and Craft Teacher at Care Top Boarding School Lagankhel, Lalitpur (part time)

Selected Group Art Exhibitions
2010: A group exhibition as a part of artists in residence “Food and Food” at Art Space MITE, Gwang-Ju, South Korea

2009: A group Exhibition at Mite Gallery, Gwangju, South Korea

2008: A group painting exhibition “on the relief Flood Victim” jointly organized by the Art Shop and Wagon at Art Shop Gallery Kathmandu, Nepal 

2007: A group painting exhibition “ Naya Aawas Haru” organized by Sutra Art Center, Kathmandu, Nepal

2006: A 5 men art exhibition “A Connection…With You…II” organized by OATH at Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu, Nepal

2005: A group painting exhibition “Peace and Development” organized by NAFA at NAFA Art Gallery Naxal, Kathmandu, Nepal

2005: National Art and Craft exhibition organized by Nepal Kalakar Samaj at NAFA Art Gallery Naxal, Kathmandu, Nepal

2004: A group art exhibition “A Connection…With You…I” organized by OATH at Gallery Nine, Kathmandu, Nepal

2003: National Art and Craft exhibition organized by NAFA at NAFA Art Gallery Naxal, Kathmandu, Nepal

2004: A joint art exhibition of Nepalese & Indian artists organized by Zero Century Nepal in Gantok, Sikkim, India



Present Involvement
Founder and Director of Bikalpa Art Center
Executive Director of Randomline Production

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