Neeraj Gupta is the first Indian artist to get the Lorenzo il Magnifico Silver medal in sculpture in XIth Florence Biennale, the second highest award of an important art event of Europe. The award is significant because it comes from the Birth Place and work place of the most important artist of the history Michelangelo.
Michelangelo not only established the role of an artist in the society but also took the art to a new high. He proved that the best in the art is yet to come and demolished the myth that best art was created in Roman Era.
This award to an Indian sculptor improves the Image of India in terms of artistic capability on the international scene but also proves that Indian are second to none intellectual and art arena also.
The award is also significant because there was a staff completion from more than 1000 participating artist from around 73 major nations. Their award will help put the contemporary Indian art in international focus.