B. Ajay Sharma is a contemporary visual artist, who formally studied painting in India's two renowned art institutions. However, his works cover a wide range of media including drawing, painting, sculpture, conventional and revived techniques of photography, durational and site-specific installations, as well as new technologies. He takes drawing as a vehicular aspect of his thoughts. Elaborating on the the notion of Bhava, performance and alternative photography enable him to engage with external space as opposed to his internal visual thoughts. He has been exploring ‘THE YOGA VASHISTA’ for many years, and works on the concept of breath as a unit of his unitary existential visual currency.
Born in 1986, B. Ajay Sharma studied art at the Faculty of Visual Art, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (BFA in painting in 2007) and later earned his MFA in Painting from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in 2009. He has taken part in H0~ArT - exhibition of Art at Hyderabad State Gallery, India. His last solo show PARADOX (2015) took place at the Instituto Cervantes, KKUM.DANG.INDIA (2015) curated by Inseng Song at Korean Culture Centre,(2015), Al REVELAR curated by Julia Villasenor at Vadhera Art Gallery (2015), New Delhi, Art & Breakfast in Malaga, Spain (2015). His work was exhibited at the India Art Fair 2014-15 with Neilson Art Gallery, Spain and Wonderwall, New Delhi. He was at a residency in Spain followed by a solo show “Thanatophobia” (2014) at Neilson Art Gallery. In the same year he participated at 2014 Degenerate, curated by Blessy Augustine at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi. In 2013 he attended a two-month ALTlab photography residency at Goa Centre for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP), as an artist/photographer as well as at Taipe Photo Art Fair Taiwan. His works were part of ‘Ye Hai India Darling’ curated by Pia Camilla Copper, at XVA, Gallery DIFC and XVA Bastakiya, Dubai.
In 2014, he set up a space called ”स्याह-घर" (pronounced as Syah-Ghar in Sanskrit and Hindi) meaning Dark-Room. He opened up this space to develop community-based-practice of alternative photography studio in New Delhi (India).