Shiv Singh

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Shiv Singh


July 5, 1938
Bassi Gulam Hussain Hoshiarpur,India


June 26, 2015 (aged 76)




Government Art and Craft School,Shimla & Government College of Art and Craft, Chandigarh

Known for


Shiv Singh (July 5, 1938 – June 26, 2015) was an Indian-Punjabi artist, known mainly for his work as a sculptor.

Early life

Shiv Singh was born at Bassi Gulam Hussain village near Hoshiarpur in Punjab, India. His father was a landlord who owned around 35 acres of farmland in the village. Shiv Singh did his early schooling (till class IV) at the village school and then joined DAV Senior Secondary School in Hoshiarpur from where he did his matriculation.[1]

Education and Career

In 1958 Shiv Singh took to studying art at the Government Art and Craft School at Shimla. It was later shifted to Chandigarh with a new name as Government College of Art and Craft, from where he finished his five-year degree course in 1962. He started teaching at Sainik School in Kapurthala in 1963. In 1968 German government offered him a scholarship in advanced studies and research in art for three years exposing the young artist to international art scene. Upon his return he joined Government Home Science College in Chandigarh in 1971 continuing to work on commissioned and personal basis. Known for working mainly with iron and sometimes wood, Shiv Singh’s creations are placed at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; National Academy of Art (Lalit Kala Akademi) New Delhi; Government Museum and Art Gallery, ChandigarhPanjab University Museum; Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana; State Museum, Shimla; Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen; Glaub Art Museum, Koln (Germany) and Haryana State Tourism (Tourist Resort) besides at many public spaces.[2] Shiv Singh was the chairman of the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi from 1999 to 2005 and was also the president of the Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi. He held a total of 66 one-man shows in India, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, Canada, England and other parts of Europe, besides participating in numerous national and international group exhibitions and festivals of art.[3]

Personal life

Shiv Singh got married to Gisela, a German national in 1972.[4] They had a son Yasvin Singh, who lives in Frankfurt, Germany.[5]

Shiv Singh died of heart attack in a private hospital at Panchkula, Haryana on 26 June 2015.[6]


[1] Sanjiv Kumar Bakshi (2015-06-26). "Though away, Shiv Singh was in touch with his village"The Tribune. Retrieved 2015-06-27. 

[2] Nonika Singh (2015-06-27). "Nature’s Child Who Breathed Life into Metal"The Tribune. Retrieved 2015-06-27.

[3] "Master Crafter Shiv Singh dies at 76"Hindustan Times. 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2015-06-27.

[4] Manpriya Khurana (2010-06-11). "Bonds Beyond Borders"The Tribune. Retrieved 2015-06-27.

[5] Kamini Mehta & Manasi Singh (2015-06-27). "Sculptor Shiv Singh No More"Times of India. Retrieved 2015-06-27

[6]  "Renowned Sculptor Shiv Singh No More". The Pioneer. 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2015-06-27. - information resource about Punjab needs your kind support to keep serving you always. We are completely AD free.

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