Atul Bhalla is an internationally exhibited artist and a professor of Visual Art and the Head of Department of Art, Media and Performance at Shiv Nadar University, NCR, India.

Bhalla has explored water's physical, historical, and political significance in the urban and non-urban environments of several global cities and regions across the world. His artworks incorporate sculpture, painting, installation, video, photography, and performance. Bhalla's recent engagements include a project 'False Clouds and Real Deluges' documenting climate change along the 28th N Parallel with World Weather Network and KHOJ.

He was virtual Artist in Residence at Cornell University (2020) and Mellon Artist Research Africa Fellow at Witwatersrand University (2018). His work was exhibited at the Harvard Art Museums (2010 & 2018), the FotoFest Biennale Houston (2016 & 2018), the 1st Kuala Lumpur Biennale (2017), Europalia, Liège (2013), the Pompidou Centre (2011). His work is part of the Harvard Art Museums and the Smithsonian collections. His recent solo shows include 'Anhedonic Dehiscence' at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi 2018; 'You always step into the same river', SepaiEYE, New York, 2015; 'On the Edge' and 'Ya Ki Kuch aur …', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2011 and 2014 respectively; Water Works, Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, USA, curated by Donna Gustafsson, 2011.

He was also the Mellon Artist Research Africa fellow at WITS University 2018, Johannesburg with the project 'The Excavated distance of gold' examining acid mine drainage at the gold mines. Recent group exhibitions have brought his work to FotoFest Biennale Houston in 2016 and 2108, The Pompidou center, Paris, the IVAM Institute of Modern Art in Valencia, and the Devi Art Foundation in New Delhi.

He is has shown his photographic work 'Yamuna Walk' at the Fukuoka Triennale 2011 and within 'Other and me' at Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, 2014; and with 'Walk On' from Richard Long to Janet Cardiff - 40 years of art-walking, curated by Cynthia Morrison-Bell, at NGCA Sunderland, UK; West Heavens, Place - Time- Play: India China Contemporary Art, curated by Chaitanya Sambrani, Shanghai, China, 2010; Installation of 'I was not waving but drowning-II' at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 2010; and the video installation 'Adrift' (On the Dvaipayana) at the Light-Box Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard in 2018. His work was also part of the first Kuala Lumpur Biennale 2017.

He is currently on a one-year project on climate change in India on the 28N parallel through World Weather Network and Khoj. He has published two books on his performative works, 'Yamuna Walk', University of Washington Press, Seattle and London and 'What will be my Defeat? GFLK Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hamburg. An extensive analysis of his work can be found in 'You always step into the same river', Vadehra Art Gallery Publications.

He lives and works in New Delhi.