Trupti Patel was born in Nairobi in 1957. She studied for an MA in Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University of Baroda, India (1974-82) and an MA in ceramic sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London (1983-85).
A selection of group and solo exhibitions include: Nazar Gallery, Vadodara (2001); Chelmsford and Essex Museum, Chelmsford (1996); The Hannah Peschar Gallery, Ockley; Student Showcase, Museum of Mankind, London (1995); The Charles Wallace India Trust Award, London (1984); Hatheesing Art Gallery, Ahmedabad (1983); British Council Scholarship, New Delhi (1983); Gujarat Lalit Kala Academy, Ahmedabad (1981).
Trupti Patel's work has always been centred on the human figure and the human condition. Early works were cast in plaster, and she gradually moved towards leaving her work in its original modelled state in clay, which was then fired. Indian terracotta is famous for its plasticity and for the rich red colour, which absorbs and deflects Indian light to reveal form and texture to a degree unequalled by light in latitudes further north. She adds colour sparingly, usually working it into the body of the clay rather than applying it as paint to the surface. Recurring themes in Trupti Patel's sculpture are the female form and issues surrounding the female role within the family and in society. Her upbringing in Africa and India, where women hold families together with subtle strength, has endowed her with insights, which have been endorsed be her subsequent exposure to changing Western values. Patel's way of working clay is sensuous and sensitive, with occasional twists or abrasions that shock us into awareness that not all is voluptuous and calm, but that a more violent and traumatic universe exists simultaneously.