As an artist, curator, writer, and cultural activist, Sunil Gupta challenges stereotypes and questions beliefs, by exploring issues of race, gender, and sexuality, and related issues of access, place, and identity. Gupta emigrated with his family from India to Montreal when he was a teenager. He earned an MA at the Royal College of Art in London, England, in 1983, and was based there until 2005, when he moved to India to pursue artistic projects. He was diagnosed HIV positive in 1995. In 1988, he co-founded Autograph: the Association of Black Photographers, a publicly funded coalition of photographers of Asian and African descent. In 1992, he started OVA: the Organization for Visual Arts, a curatorial company dedicated to promoting a new internationalism in the production and consumption of art.
In 2000, Sunil Gupta received a Creative and Performing Arts Research Fellowship from the British Arts and Humanities Research Council, which culminated in the book and photo and video exhibition Pictures From Here.
Gupta’s photographs are autobiographical, drawing on his experiences as a gay man of colour living with HIV who moves fluidly within the landscapes, traditions, and cultures of his native India, and his adopted homes in Canada and England. The colour and narrative of the Bollywood films of Gupta’s childhood inform his photographs, which are usually presented in series. Images are combined with text or with other images, sometimes digitally, as in Homelands. His work has a characteristic insight and subtle humour. Gupta is currently working on a series about his ancestral home called Country, inspired by Paul Strand's book on an Italian village. And a book "Wish You Were Here" Yoda Press, New Delhi Sept 2008.