Born in 1954 in Delhi, Arpana Caur was brought up by her mother an award-winning novelist who had a great impact on Arpana's work. A self-taught painter, Arpana has drawn inspiration from her mother's writings, Punjabi folk literature, the Pahari miniature tradition and Indian folk-art motifs.
Since 1975 Arpana has had 18 solo shows of her paintings, and her work can be found in private & permanent collections including in NGMA, New Delhi, Ethnographic Museum Stockholm, Kust Museum Dusseldorf, Victoria & Albert Museum London, Glenberra Museum Japan, Singapore Museum of Modern Art. A recipient of the AIFACS award in 1985, today Arpana Caur is one of India's most celebrated women artists who believes, "India is an exciting mixture of the old and new. Rural and urban India coexist in the strangest of ways."