Achuthan Kudallur (b. 1945)
Achuthan Kudallur, the Kerala born, Chennai based artist, holds a diploma in Civil Engineering. Moreover, to start out he wanted to be a writer. Later, the canvas and its colours drew him towards serious painting. The artist grew up in an atmosphere charged with Gandhian values, the writings of Ramakrishna, and Vivekananda. His values and views are well depicted in some of his paintings, which are a joyous, riotous spread of colours. And yet, some are melancholic, even tragic. For Achuthan, painting is not a dialogue or a conversation, but a communion with colour. His works display a remarkable economy of style and grace. His paintings are of a non-figurative style and the medium he uses is oil. Achuthan’s art is exciting, energetic, yet tranquil. Besides being rated as one of the India’s topmost artists, Kudallur has a huge collection of portrait and illustrations for his own stories, which have been published in prominent fortnightly magazines. A recipient of the National Academy Award and Tamil Nadu Lalit Kala Academy Award, the artist is a widely travelled person. Apart from sixteen solo shows all over India, sponsored by major art galleries and institutions, he has been part of most important juried and curated group exhibitions, such as Sotheby’s India sale in London; New South Delfina Gallery, London; Homage to Arthur Rimbaud in India and France; and, Heart Intuitive Logic Exhibition.
Anindita Bhattacharya (b.1984)
From Ajmer, Anindita Bhattacharya received both her B.F.A and M.F.A in Painting from Faculty of Fine Art, M. S. University of Baroda in 2006and 2009, respectively. Her work has been in many curated as well as group shows in India including The Museum Collection-II, Art Konsult, New Delhi in 2011; Drifting Still, Art Konsult, New Delhi in 2010; Contemporary Shahnamah Millennium Painting Exhibition, The Princes Foundation Gallery, London in 2010; etc. She has been a part of many workshops like the Paper making workshop, KNPHI, Sanganer, Jaipur in 2006; Miniature Workshop under Shri Shehzad Ali, Kishangarh in 2005; etc. She is the recipient of Lt. Milind Madhukar Bhade, Gold Medal, awarded by M. S. University of Baroda in 2009; Nasreen Mohammadi Award for the Best Display, MVA, 2008-09; etc. Anindita lives and works in Gurgaon.
Anupam Sud (b.1944)
Anupam Sud was born in Hoshiarpur, Punjab; though she spent much of her youth in the former British summer capital in Simla, Himachal Pradesh. Anupam did her diploma in Fine Arts from the College of Art, New Delhi in 1967, specialized in print making. With a British Council scholarship she studied print making at the Slade School of Art, London (1971-72). Anupam was the youngest member of ‘Group 8’, an association of artists at the college to increase awareness of print making in India. Anupam’s works are in the collections of The NGMA in New Delhi, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, The Peabody Museum in U.S.A., and the Glenbarra Art Museum in Japan. Anupam lives and works in Delhi.
Apurva Desai (b.1962)
Artist Apurva Desai describes himself as ‘an urban landscapist’. He probably refers to a series that he had done a few years ago, titled “A Shipyard Symphony”, based on his experience in the ship-breaking yards at Alang in Gujarat. When working on such subjects close to reality, the artist cannot remain immune to it, and remain an outsider or a neutral observer, which is what adds depth to his work. The Baroda based artist, now in his mid-forties, studied painting at C. N. College of Fine Art, Ahmedabad, and did Masters in Painting from M. S. University, Baroda. He has had several solo shows so far at major galleries in Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and New Delhi. He has also featured in several group shows. He was among the group of Indian contemporary artists including Anjana Mehra, Babu Eshwar Prasad, Baiju Parthan, Babu Namboodiri, Hanuman Kambli, Justin Ponmany, and others, whose works were showcased at the Arad International Biennale of Contemporary Arts held in Romania last year.
Arpana Caur (b. 1954)
Arpana was born in New Delhi. Arpana completed M.A Literature from Delhi University. A self-taught artist, her work is feminine and feminist in its perspective, with portraits of women placed in a contemporary urban context. Her works have been part of many solo, curated and group shows in India as well as abroad- Dhoomimal Art Gallery, Gallery Threshold, Art and Soul, Mumbai, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, 2004, Art Forum Gallery, Singapore. Arpana has been honoured and awarded with the Eminent Artist Award by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1992- 91-90-89, Commendation Certificate, Algiers Biennale, Algiers, 1987, Gold Medal for Painting, 6th Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1986. Arpana lives and works in New Delhi.
Atul Sinha (b. 1963)
Educated at Sanawar and with a BFA (Sculptures) from The MS University in Vadodara, Atul Sinha, has experimented with various mediums including ceramics, ink and kerosene, glass etchings, foam bricks, papier mâché, bronze and of course wood. His sculptures are a part of the NGMA collection while sculptures for use are in several galleries including the Delhi Art Gallery, Art Konsult, Gallery Ganesha, and more.
Badri Narayan (1929 – 2013)
Badri Narayan was born in July, 1929, in Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh. He was a self taught artist, who painted for over 45 years. He worked as an art teacher and an artist but always remained a deeply introspective individual. Narayan’s first solo exhibition of paintings was held at the Hyderabad Art Society in 1954. Since then, he held over fifty solo shows including several exhibitions at Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai. He also exhibited his work at Mon Art Gallerie, Kolkata; Sakshi Art Gallery, Bangalore, and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. He also participated in the Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal in 1992, the 7th Indian Triennale, New Delhi in 1991, the1st and 2nd International Triennale, New Delhi in 1968 and 1971 respectively, the 5th International Biennale of Prints, Tokyo in 1966-67, and the 2nd International Biennale, Paris, in 1961.
Bimal Dasgupta (1917 – 1995)
A native of Bengal, Dasgupta spent his childhood years in Behrampur. He did a diploma in Painting from the Government College of Art and Craft (GCAC), Kolkata. He taught at the Delhi College of Art, New Delhi for fourteen years. He did solo shows in Pargaman Museum, Berlin; Artistry House, Kolkata; Delhi Shilpi Chakra Art Gallery,New Delhi, etc. and, group shows like ‘Calcutta Painters’ in Kolkata, and at Sarala Art Gallery in Chennai.
B Vithal (1935 – 1992)
Born in Maharashtra in 1935, B Vithal studied at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai. He was an artist who was a master sculptor and painter. While his sculptural works were known for their monumentality, his paintings captured the personal and the intimate. But in both forms, the innate understanding of the human form comes through very strongly. Vithal mostly painted on large canvases and handled the entire surface with ease. His canvases are not precursors to his sculptures; his ability to switch from the 3 dimensions to the 2 dimensions is noteworthy. Horses, musicians, nudes, and people of Maharashtra are some of the most painted subjects by theartist. Vithal who lived and worked in Mumbai passed away in 1992.
Debanjan Roy (b. 1975)
Debanjan Roy is an Indian visual artist. Debanjan Roy has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including the Aicon Gallery, New York, and the Galerie Baudoin Lebon. Several works by the artist have been sold at auction, including ‘2 Works: India Shining VI Gandhi Walking Dog’ sold at SaffronArt Mumbai ‘Spring Auction 2011’ in 2011 for $23,770. There have been several articles about Debanjan Roy, including ‘Sculptures by Debanjan Roy in New York’ written for Art Media Agency in 2014.
Dhiraj Choudhury (b. 1936)
Born in 1936, Bangladesh. Dhiraj Choudhury studied at the Government Art College, Kolkata after which he received a National Diploma in Art, Delhi Polytechnic (New College of Art), New Delhi. He has had nearly 100 group exhibitions in India, and more than eighteen solo exhibitions in India, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, the USA, and Singapore, since 1957. He has received fifteen awards and three certificates for creative work, including the National award. He lives and works in Kolkata.
Dilip Banerjee (b. 1952)
Born in 1952, Dilip Banerjee, is a photojournalist who grew up in the aftermath of partition, in the refugee camps of Bengal. He has worked with Aajkal, Ananda Bazaar Patrika, The Times of India, and the Business Standard; from 1996 he has been associated with India Today as Chief Photographer. Banerjee has held exhibitions of his work at AIIFACS in 1996, Information Centre in Calcutta in 1993, National Gallery of Modern Art in 1994, among others. He has received awards for photojournalism by the West Bengal government, in 1983, and the all India Press photography Association award for his work on human jugglery.
F.N. Souza (1924 – 2002)
Souza was born in Saligao, Goa. Francis Newton Souza took admission into the SirJ.J. School of Art of Mumbai but, was expelled for participating in the Quit India Movement. He founded the Progressive Artist’s Movement in 1947, along with S.H. Raza, M.F. Husain, K.H. Ara, etc. He went to London to pursue painting in 1949, and received recognition in the 1950’s for his solo exhibition at the Gallery One, London. Around the same time, his autobiographical essay ‘Nirvana of a Maggot’ was published. In 1959, another one of his books ‘Words and Lines’ was published receiving literary recognition. In 1967, F.N. Souza migrated to New York, USA. He participated in the ‘Commonwealth Artists of Fame’ in London in 1977, and an exhibition in Detroit in 1968. His Retrospectives were held in New Delhi and Mumbai in 1987. He had shows like at the ‘Indus Gallery’ of Karachi in 1988, ‘Bose Pacia Modern’, New York, 1998. Presently, the paintings of F.N. Souza adorn the Tate Gallery of London, and the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi.
George Keyt (1901 – 1993)
George Keyt was born into a Sri Lankan Indo-European family. He educated Himself at Trinity College, Kandy. He is better known as a painter, and a well known name in contemporary South Asian Art. He spent most of his life in India and Nepal. Not surprisingly, his paintings were influenced by Indian music, philosophy, and mythology. In 1968, he received Hon. D. Litt. from the University of Sri Lanka, Paradeniya, and in 1970 he was awarded for his services to the Nation in the field of art by Ceylon Society of Art, Sri Lanka. His works were exhibited in 2013 in the exhibition, ‘The Naked and the Nude’, at Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
Gopa Trivedi (b. 1987)
Gopa Completed her Bachelors of Visual Arts in 2010 from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University of Baroda. She has been part of several workshops including Workshop by Rakhi Peswani in 2010, Photography workshop by Mr. John Mathew in 2010, Paper workshop by Shri Anupam Chakravarty in 2009 etc. She is currently persuing masters in visual arts from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda.
Gopal Ghose (1913 – 1980)
Gopal Ghose, born in Kolkata in 1913, trained in the style of art known as the neo-Bengal School. He obtained a Diploma in Painting from Maharaja School of Arts and Crafts, Jaipur, in 1935, and formally trained in sculpting at the Government College of Art and Craft, Madras, where he studied under D.P. Roy Chowdhury. Ghose taught at the Indian Society of Oriental Art, in Kolkata from 1940-45, and then joined the faculty of the Bengal Engineering College, Shibpur where he taught architectural drawing. He was also the joint secretary of the Academy of Fine Arts in Calcutta. His works are difficult to come by today. But still, some are found in prestigious collections in the country like Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, and the NGMA, New Delhi.
Gopal Samanta Ray (b. 1976)
Gopal Samanta Ray was born in 1976 in Kendrapara, Orissa. He completed his B.F.A and M.F.A in Painting from B.K College of Art, Orissa in 2002 and 2004 respectively. His work has been part of many solo, curated as well as group shows in India including Collective Metamorphosis, Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi in 2011; Urban Maze, Lalit Kala Akademi in 2011; Solo show at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi in 2010; Art Konsult in 2012; and, Group show by Montage Art, New Delhi in 2010; etc. He is a recipient of Trust for Regeneration of Environment and Economy (TREE), Bhubaneswar, sponsored by ORHDC and HUDCO, and has been part of several auctions. Ray lives and works in Delhi.
Gurmeet Singh Marwah (b. 1984)
Gurmeet Singh Marwah completed his I.T.I. (Commercial Art) from PUSA before graduating in BFA and MFA from College Of Art in New Delhi, in 2009 and 2011 respectively. His works are included in collections at the Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, the College Of Art in Delhi, and other private collections in India and abroad.
Jamini Roy (1887 – 1972)
Jamini Roy was born in a small village in Beliatore, Bankura district, West Bengal. He joined the Government School of Art, Calcutta in 1903. Jamini began his career by painting in the post-impressionist genre of landscapes and portraits, very much in keeping with his training in a British academic system. By 1925, he had begun experimenting along the lines of popular bazaar paintings sold outside the Kalighat temple in Kolkata. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1955. His work has been exhibited extensively in international and national exhibitions. Jamini’s works are found in many private and public collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, etc. He spent most of his life living and working in Calcutta. Jamini Roy died on April 24, 1972, in Kolkata.
K.S. Kulkarni (1918 – 1994)
Kulkarni was born at Belgaum, Karnataka. Kulkarni graduated from Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay in 1942. He worked as visiting Professor at the Delhi Polytechnic, Art Department from 1945 to 1962. He was the founding member of the Delhi Shilpi Chakra in 1948. In 1962, he became the Art Director of the Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi of which he was also the founding member. He has represented India at the International Art Programme held in U.S.A., 1949-50-51. His works has been part of many solo, curated and group shows in India as well as in abroad includes Kumar Gallery held his one-man shows from 1955 to 1970, in International shows at Tokyo, Paris, New York, Venice, Sao Panlo, and London, etc. He was the visiting Professor, School of Architecture and Town Planning, Delhi. He is the recipient of Parishad Samman by the Sahitya Kala Parishad, 1985, etc. He passed away in 1994.
Kalicharan Gupta (b. 1947)
Kalicharan Gupta was born in Mohna, Haryana. He studied art at Jamia Millia Islamia University & College of Art, University of Delhi. His work has been showcased in seventeen One-man shows in India, Korea. He has participated in thirty five group shows including Curated India- Korea & Korea -India 2002,2012, 2013 exhibitions, workshops and seminars, New Delhi. He has also participated in Fourteen Artist’s Camp/Workshops National and International. Nominated as Commissioner of South Asian Countries and worked under National Museum of Contemporary art, Seoul, Korea 2006. He participated in ‘95 Kwangju First International Biennale’, Korea 1995. His works are in the collection of Lalit Kala Academy, NGMA New Delhi, Govt. Museum Chandigarh etc. and abroad. He lives and works from Delhi.
Kanwal Krishna (1910 – 1993)
Kanwal Krishna was born in 1910 in Kamilia, Punjab. He Studied at Benaras Engineering College till 1930, before forfeiting his engineering studies for art. He graduated with a diploma from Government College of Art and Craft in Kolkata in 1939. He worked under William Hayter for three months during 1953, and studied basic techniques of the graphics medium, in Paris. His works are included at exhibitions like AIFACS, Lahore in 1939; Joint Show with Devyani Krishna, Silver Jubilee Celebration, Benaras Hindu University in 1942; Group show, Banaras Hindu University in 1942; and, many more. Krishna’s works are part f collections at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Ministry of Defence, New Delhi; Gottinghan University, Germany; Lancashire University; Gray Foundation, USA; among others.
Kavita Jaiswal (b. 1960)
Kavita Jaiswal graduated in B.A (H) English Literature from the Hindu College, Delhi University in 1980. She obtained a one year Diploma in Textile Design, South Delhi Polytechnic in New Delhi in 1982 before studying fine arts at Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi. Kavita Jaiswal did many solo shows through the course of her career including shows at Shridharani Gallery in New Delhi in 1995; Display Gallery, New Delhi, in 1998; Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi, and Gallery Alternatives, Gurgaon, in 1999; and many more. Her works are part of collections at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; The Alkazi Collection, Art Heritage, New Delhi; Society for Scottish Artists, Edinburgh, Scotland; and, The Ravi Kumar Collection.
Krishen Khanna (b.1925)
Krishen was born in 1925, Lahore. He studied at the Imperial Service College, Windsor, England, from where he graduated in 1940. He attended evening classes conducted at the Mayo School of Art, Lahore. He has exhibited at galleries in India and abroad including ‘The Savage Heart’ at Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2008; Saffronart and Berkeley Square Gallery, London, in 2005; ‘An Airing’ at Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2004. He was part of the Tokyo Biennale in 1957 & 1961; Sao Paulo Biennale (1960) & Venice Biennale (1962).He won the National Award of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1965, Gold Medal at the First Triennale of Contemporary World Art, New Delhi in 1968. He was a recipient of the Padma Shree in 1990. He lives and works in New Delhi.
K.S. Radhakrishnan (1956)
K.S. Radhakrishnan was born in Kerala and has done his B.F.A and M.F.A in Sculpture from Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal in 1979 and 1981 respectively. His work has been a part of many solo shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta as well as Centre des Bonds de Marne, Le Perreux-Brysur- Marne, France. He has travelled to various places like Thailand, Cairo, China, and Istanbul to attend workshops and has installed sculptures at places like TMI (Time Manager International) Campus, Cotignac, France and India House, London. He was awarded National Scholarship by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. He lives and works out of New Delhi.
M.F Husain (1915-2011)
M.F. Husain was born in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. In 1935, Husain moved to Bombay and joined Sir J.J. School of Art. He started by painting cinema hoardings. He first came into the limelight as an artist in the late 1940’s. In 1952, Husain’s first solo exhibition was held at Zurich, and soon, he became popular in Europe and USA. Husain was the founding member of Progressive Artists Group, Bombay, 1948. He was a member of a Delegation from India to the World Peace Conference, China, in 1952, Member of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1954. He was a Member of Rajya Sabha from 1986 to 1992. Husain established the Sankalana Museum in Bangalore, Husain ki Sarai, Faridabad, 1992, Husain- Doshi Gufa, Ahmedabad, and in 1966, M.F. Husain was honoured with the Padma Shree by the Government of India. In January, 2010, he was offered the citizenship of Qatar, which he accepted. He passed away on 9 June 2011 in London.
M. Sivanesan (1940-2015)
Sivanesan was born in then Madras, Tamil Nadu. He joined the Madras Government College of Arts and Crafts, Madras in 1956. ‘People’ are his favourite subjects. The human face and figure are of special interest to him. He won an award at International Inter Church, New York in 1962. His work has been showcased in several one-man shows in India as well as abroad like in New York and Washington D.C. (1979). He has also been a participant in group shows like the ones at Tokyo,Japan (1967), New York (1968), Frish Art Gallery, New York (1981), and Dhoomimal Gallery in New Delhi (1982). The art world lost Sivanesan this year, a prolific artist of the times. He shall always remain an important name in Indian contemporary art.
Manindra Bhushan Gupta (1898 – 1968)
One of the promising students of Asit Halder and Nandalal Bose, Manindra Bhushan studied during early days of Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan. He taught in Ceylon, Ahmedabad Art College and Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta, for a long time. He predominantly worked with watercolours, specializing in watercolours. He studied the art of China and Japan and also travelled widely and this helped to develop an artistic sensibility that was broad based. He was proficient at both landscapes and puranic subjects. He was a master with the brush and this is seen especially in his paintings done in western style. Pen and ink was also one of his favoured mediums. One of Gupta’s characteristic was his absorption with a particular medium, style, or technique, at different periods of his life.
Manish Pushkale (b. 1973)
Manish Pushkale was born in Bhopal in 1973. A trained geologist, Pushkale also studied art at the Art College in Bhopal, acquiring his Master’s degree there. Pushkale’s solo shows include Contemporary Indian Art, Curated by Manish Pushkale at the Gadfly Gallery, Perth, Australia in 2010; ‘Serendipitous Encounters’ at Aicon, Palo Alto in 2009; ‘Unveiling’ at Bodhi Art, Mumbai in 2007; and ‘Japa’ at Bodhi Art, New Delhi in 2006. His work was in several group exhibitions including ‘Vicissitudes of the Constructed Image’ at Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore; ‘Think Small’ at Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi; ‘Entity’ at MEC Art Gallery, New Delhi; ‘Deep In Black’ at Galerie Muller andPlate, Munich, all in 2009; ‘Empty and Full’ at Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata; and,‘Point and Line to Plane VI’ at Gallery Beyond, Mumbai. He received the S.H.Raza Foundation Award in 2003. The artist lives and works in Delhi.
Manu Parekh (1939)
Born in 1939 in Gujarat, Manu Parekh completed a Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, in 1962. Parekh’s early work explored the relationships between man and nature, as according to him, this was an energetic link that had to be celebrated. Parekh held his first solo exhibition of graphics and paintings in Ahmedabad in 1968, and has not looked back since. His most recent solo shows have included ‘Banaras – Eternity Watches Time’ presented by Saffronart and Berkeley Square Gallery, London, at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2007; ‘Portraits of Flower and Landscapes of River’ at Jehangir Art Gallery and Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2003; Parekh has also had solo shows at BosePacia Modern in New York and at ARKS Gallery in London. Parekh was awarded the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 1982; and the Padma Shree from the Government of India in 1992. The artist lives and works in New Delhi.
Manu Singh (b. 1975)
Educated with an M.A. & PhD in History (Arts) from the University of Lucknow in 1992, Manu Singh, worked at Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi during 2007. Student support, University of Geneva (Design& Art Department), Switzerland in 2010. Manu’s work is a blend of both realism and surrealism; her paintings have a language of their own. Her work – often figurative –introduces us to a variety of forms, which cohere by the law of gravity and patterns or structure. Her work has a strong feel of distance, solidity of texture, and density. In addition to participating in various exhibitions all over India, she is also a student support at the University of Geneva (Design & Art Department) in Switzerland. Her work is a part of many private collections around the world. Manu lives and works in New Delhi presently.
Mousumi Biswas (b. 1978)
Born in Kolkata, Mousumi Biswas, graduated in Bachelor of Visual Art (Painting) from Govt. College of Art and Craft, Kolkata in 2003, and Masters in Fine Arts (Painting) from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharti, Santiniketan, in 2005. In 2005, her works displayed at a solo show at Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi.
Nalini Malani (b. 1946)
Born in 1946 in Karachi, Nalini Malani, graduated with a diploma in Fine Arts, Sir J. J. School of Art in Bombay in 1969. Malani was awarded a French Government Scholarship for Fine Arts to study in Paris in 1972, and completed an Art Fellowship with the Government of India in 1989. Her works have been part of solo exhibitions like City of Desires at Gallery Chemould in Bombay in 1992, Hamlet machine at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York in 2002 and 2003, Cassandra at Galerie Lelong in Paris in 2009, and many more. Nalini Malani lives and works in Bombay.
Nandalal Bose (1882 – 1966)
Nandalal Bose was born in Bihar. A protégé of E. B. Havell and Abanindranath, he attended Calcutta Government College of Art between 1905 and 1910. He joined Abanindranath’s Art School, where he was guided, initially, by Harinarayan Basu and Iswari Prasad, and later on, by Abanindranath himself. When Rabindranath Tagore founded the Kala Bhawan in Santiniketan, he invited Nandalal to join. Nandalal Bose served as the principal at Kala Bhawan between 1922 and 1951. His works are in collections such as Indian Museum, Kolkata, NGMA, New Delhi, Neville Tuli, and Osian’s Connoisseurs of Art Archive, Mumbai. Nandalal Bose passed away on April 16, 1966.
Nikheel Aphale (1979)
Nikheel is Passionate about calligraphy and letterforms—especially the Indian Devanagri script. He is consumed with abstracting letterforms –the type that crosses over into the realm of illustrations. He views letterforms as imagery. He attempts with every artwork to explore and express the secret beauty of forms hidden within the alphabet. Through his art, he tries to unveil these forms by deconstructing the structure of the alphabet through various materials— conventional and unconventional. He has worked on several commercial calligraphy projects. He is currently working at the intersection of design and art through commissioned art and commercial calligraphy projects, alongside mainstream graphic design projects. He was featured as the ‘Artist of the week’ on ‘The New Creative India’ – a television series curated by artist duo Manil-Rohit on NDTV Good Times in July 2014. His work has been showcased in exhibitions around India and Taiwan. His work was also showcased as a part of the United Art Fair in New Delhi, India.
Nikhil Biswas (1930–1966)
Nikhil Biswas completed his diploma in fine arts from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata. He was the founder of Calcutta Painters Group and the Society of Contemporary Artists, Kolkata, and Chitrangshu Group, Kolkata. He was a passionate artist, who worked swiftly and fervently, expressing his creativity in an idiom as innovative as it was personal. He was honoured with a Gold Medal for being the best exhibit in modern art by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1956. Nikhil Biswas died in 1966, at the age of 36.
Niren Sen Gupta (b. 1940)
Graduating in Science from Calcutta University, Niren Sen Gupta later in 1965 pursued his professional degree in Art from the Govt. College of Arts & Crafts, Calcutta. Bengali by origin, Sen Gupta was born in January in the year 1940. Apart from the vast knowledge in the field of art, his pool of professional achievements also includes over 30 years of teaching experience in both graduate and post graduate levels. He has been awarded with many esteemed awards like AIFACS Award and NBT Award in New Delhi; Award for Humanity Udayan Care; DSCWOS etc.He has also been the founding member of ‘Gallery 26’ in Kolkata, besides being member of Calcutta painters, and Executive member of Academy of Visual Media, New Delhi. Presently working from his studio in the capital, his prestigious collection can be found at known galleries like Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi etc.
Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)
Picasso was born in Málaga, Spain. Pablo Picasso studied under his father for one year and the Academy of Arts for one year. In 1901 he went to Paris. Picasso constantly reinvented his style of work. His varying styles have been classified into several segments such as the blue period, the rose period, African influenced style, cubism, surrealism and realism. Not only did he master these styles, he was a pioneer in each of these movements, and influenced the styles to follow throughout the 20th century. In addition to the styles he introduced to the art world, he also worked through the many different styles which appeared, while working in Paris. A Spanish expatriate painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist and stage designer, Picasso was considered radical in his work and became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Several paintings by Picasso rank among the most expensive paintings in the world. Garçon à la pipe sold for US$104 million at Sotheby’s on 4 May 2004, establishing a new price record. Pablo Picasso passed away on in 1973 in Mougins, France.
Partho Chatterjee (b. 1968)
Born in Barrackpore in Kolkata, Partho Chatterjee, imbibed certain figurative values of contemporary art in Bengal of the sixties and seventies, in his artwork. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, in 1993. No less strong was another influence hovering at home as he grew up watching his father and artist, Maniklal Chatterjee, at work – a powerful artist in the style of the Bengal School. Chatterjee’s works have been displayed at numerous exhibitions, both Indian and international, including the Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, in 2001; Young Faces ‘of Indian Contemporary Art, Birla Academy of Art – Culture, Kolkata in 2002; Best of Indian Contemporary, Indian High Commission, Singapore, in 2001; Indian Contemporary Exhibition by Art World, Hong Kong, in 2002; and, many more. Chatterjee’s works are also part of many private collections like Kolkata Metro Rail, R.P.G. Enterprise, ITC, DCM, World Bank, St. Xavier College in Kolkata, and Sahitya Kala Parishad in New Delhi, among others.
Prafulla Mohanty (b. 1936)
Prafulla Mohanty was born in 1936 in Nanpur, Odisha. He studied architecture at Sir J. J. School of Arts, Bombay, and later, won a Scholarship to go for higher studies at Leads College of Arts, UK, between 1955 and 1960. Mohanty worked as an architect-planner with a greater London Council from 1965 to 1970, before taking up art full time. His works are in collections including The British Museum at London, Leeds City Art Gallery, Wakefield City Art Gallery, Brighton Art Gallery, University of Leeds, University of Sussex, University of Kent, Museum of Modern Art at Berkeley, Academy of Fine Arts at Kolkata, Air India, First National City Bank at Manila, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, the National Gallery of Modern Art and Lalit Kala Akademy, and many other public and private collections.
Priyanka Govil (b. 1985)
Priyanka was born in Uttar Pradesh, she completed both B.F.A and M.F.A in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University of Baroda in 2008 and 2010 respectively. Her work has been part of many solo, curated as well as group shows in India including with Love from Baroda, Hacienda Gallery, Mumbai, 2011, her first solo Affinity of Desires and Landscapes, Art Konsult, New Delhi, 2010, Baroda March, Gallery Strand Art Room, Mumbai, 2011, Landscape of New Desires, Scarecrow Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2011, etc. She has been part of several residencies as well as workshops such as Bay watch Cultural Residency organized by Art Konsult, New Delhi, 2011, Sandarbh, a nature art workshop, Luhari, Silvasa, 2010, etc. She is the recipient of Inlaks India Award, 2010. Priyanka lives and works in Vadodara, Gujarat.
Prodosh Dasgupta (b.1932)
Born in Dacca, Prodosh Das Gupta graduated from the Calcutta University in 1932. He had the distinction of being awarded the Guru Prasanna Ghose Travelling Scholarship by the Calcutta University, enabling him to study sculpting at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, under Mr. W. Macmillan R. A. During 1937-39.In 1951, he was called to join the post of Professor of sculpture in the Government College of Arts and Craft, Calcutta. In 1953, he represented India at the International Sculpture Competition held in London.
Ram Kumar (b. 1924)
Ram Kumar, born in Shimla, obtained his Master’s Degree in Economics from St.Stephen’s College, Delhi University. An artist and writer, he has been hailed as one of India’s foremost abstract painters. He is said to be one of the first Indian artists to give up figurative work for Abstract Art. Ram Kumar took classes at the Sharda Ukil School of Art under Sailoz Mukherjea, and was noticed by the famous painter S.H. Raza. In1952, he went to Paris to study painting under Andre Lhote and Fernand Leger. He was awarded the prestigious Rockefeller Fellowship in 1970. Ram Kumar has participated in various exhibitions within and out of India, including Venice Biennale, 1958, Festival of India shows in the then USSR and Japan, 1987 and 1988. One of Ram Kumar’s latest solo exhibitions was in Delhi, 2008. The Govt. of India awarded him the Padma Shree, 1972, and also awarded with the ‘Kalidas Samman’by the Madhya Pradesh State Government,1985. Ram Kumar lives and works in New Delhi.
S.H. Raza (b.1922)
Raza was born in Babaria, Madhya Pradesh, and studied art at, Nagpur School of Art, Nagpur, 1943; Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, 1947; and, then went to Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1953. Raza was one of the founders of the Progressive Artist’s Group, along with K.H.Ara and F.N. Souza. In 1962, he served as a visiting lecturer at the University of California in Berkeley, USA. His works have been part of several solo, curated and group shows in India as well as in abroad, include Continuum, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2011; Raza Ceramiques, Galerie Flora J, Paris, 2010; Recent Works, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2010; In Search of the Vernacular, Aicon Gallery, New York, 2009; Magnificient Seven, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi, 2008 etc. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2007; the Lalit Kala Ratna Puraskar, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 2004; the Padma Shree in 1981 etc. Raza lives and works in Delhi.
S.M Pandit (1916 – 1993)
The great saint Sidappa Maharaj of Lachhan who was visiting Gulabarga in Karnataka blessed Panditji’s mother Kalamma, and said “Mother you will soon get a son, a jewel of a Son.” Dr. S.M. Pandit, Panditji as he is fondly known as was born on March 25, 1916. Highly cultured and devout Pandit family soon realized that their son was blessed with extra-ordinary talent and skill of painting. At an early age of ten Panditji was sent under the guidance of Shri Shankar Rao Alandkar, the great painter from Karnataka and he later went on to complete his Diploma in Art from Madras (now Chennai) School of Art. He came to Mumbai and joined the Sir. J.J. School of Art. Panditji was greatly influenced by Capt. W.E. Gladstone Soleman, the then Director of Art, who was a Gold Medalist of Royal Academy, London. Panditji received his Diploma with distinction. He came under the spell of realistic classical painting.
Sachindra Nath Jha (b. 1975)
Sachindra was born in the Madhubani district of Bihar. He completed his B.F.A in 1996 in Painting from the College of Arts & Craft. His recent solo shows include ‘Meghdoot’ at Museum Gallery, Mumbai in 2007 and ‘Raas-lila’ at the Alliance Francaise de Delhi in 2006. He has done several group shows in India and abroad, recent ones being ‘Creative Spirits’ at the Stewart Gallery, Johannesburg in 2008, ‘Imaging Sai’ at Art Positive, New Delhi in 2011 and ‘Looking Back to Forward’, Visual Art Gallery, IHC, Delhi in 2011. He won the All India Painting Exhibition at Nagpur and Hyderabad respectively. He also received the Lalit Kala Academy National Research Grant Scholarship 2002-03.
Sangeeta Gupta (b. 1958)
Sangeeta stays actively involved in activities related to the emancipation of Indian women, and has been working tirelessly with organizations like ‘Women’s Sahyog’ and the ‘All India Women’s Education Fund Association’. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Political Science, and has not had any formal training in the field of fine arts. Apart from winning all India awards for drawing, her works occupy space on the walls of the country’s most prestigious residences and offices, including those of the President and Prime Minister as well as the Governor of Karnataka. Sangeeta held her first solo show in 1995 in Kolkata, inaugurated by Mother Teresa, and has since then exhibited her work in group and one person shows almost every year. This artist has also shown her work abroad, in countries like Austria, Germany, and the United Kingdom. This multifaceted lady also dabbles in several other fields like photography, and she has taken part in national exhibitions of photography in 1999 and 2001, New Delhi. She has also published four volumes of poems and one collection of short stories that she authored and has been the editor of the Women’s Sahyog annual for two of its issues.
Satish Chauhan (b. 1958)
Born in Delhi, the artist completed his B.F.A. Painting from College of Arts, New Delhi,1981. His paintings are in the permanent collection of Lalit Kala Academy and in many private collections. He is credited for solo exhibitions at Triveni Kala Sangam, Lalit Kala Akademi & Art Indus gallery, New Delhi and various group exhibitions at Espace, Dubai (2002), Russian Cultural Centre, New Delhi (2001), Jehangir Art gallery, Mumbai (1986), National exhibition of Lalit Kala Akademi (1982 & 1983). He actively participated in numerous art camps & workshops. He lives and works in Delhi.
Satish Sinha (1894 – 1965)
Satish Sinha was born in Nantherbagan, North Calcutta. Sinha displayed an interest in painting from his early childhood. He entered the then Government Art School at the age of 18, but had to give up his studies after three years. After his father’s death, Satish Sinha became an agent of an insurance company, and studied painting privately. He was soon illustrating books and magazine articles, and became connected with Macmillan and company and the Bengali Journal `Basumati`. He later joined the Government College of Art as a teacher, and became its Vice- Principal and officiating Principal. After his retirement from the college he became the principal of the Indian College of Art and Draughtsmanship in dharamtolla Street. He also represented West Bengal in Lalit kala Academi, New Delhi. Although a pupil of Abanindranath Tagore, Sinha represented in his paintings, a trend different from Abanindranath`s disciples. Along with Atul Bose and Jamini Roy, he followed the realistic trend, his forte being the female figure. In his Landscape, he was influenced by the scenery around Deoghar in Bihar. Satish Sinha died at the age of 71, in 1965.
Shampa Sircar Das (b. 1970)
Shampa Sircar Dasgraduated with the 1st Position in BFA at the College of Art, Delhi in 1993, and the 1st Position in MFA from Jamia, Delhi in 1995; along with awards like the Annual Award from the College of Art, Delhi. She lives and works out of Delhi.
Shanti Dave (b. 1931)
Born in 1931, Badpura, Gujarat. Dave started his career in the field of fine arts as a signboard and banner painter in Ahmedabad. In 1950, Dave joined the Faculty of Fine Arts of the MS University in Baroda, where he obtained both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in painting. Dave has been the proud recipient of a Padma Shree, and the National Art Academy Award on three occasions. He lives and works in New Delhi.
Shefali Munjal (b. 1976)
Born in 1976, Shefali is an entrepreneur, adventurous traveller, photographer and free-spirited philosopher. Over the past three years, she has worked on a collection that represents the lesser known great civilisations of the world, such as Bhutan, Cambodia, and Tibet. Her photographs show a compassionate understanding of the subject during her continuous exploration of different genres of photography. Shefali has exhibited her works at New Documents; New Directions in documentary photography curated by Rahul Bhattacharya at Art Konsult in New Delhi, 2011; Museum Collection-II & Museum Collection-III, Art Konsult, New Delhi in 2011; Apparao Galleries, Chennai; and, supplies her work to several large corporate houses. Shefali lives and works in Delhi.
Shobha Broota (b. 1943)
Shobha Broota, a teacher at Triveni Kala Sangam in Delhi, and hailing from a family rich in artistic traditions, is one of India’s most well established contemporary artists. Her husband is artist Rameshwar Broota, and their daughter Pooja Iranna and her husband GR Iranna are artists as well. In her long pursuit of a fulfilling expressive and artistic conception, Shobha Broota has passed through and experienced a lot of changes in her subject, media, and style. She has painted various things, including portraits of men and women, more abstracted human forms, the forms of birds, animals and insects, as well as the different elements of nature, namely earth, water, air, and fire.
Shuchi Khanna (1969)
Shuchi, a Delhi University Graduate and a qualified Commercial Artist, underwent further training in Creative Arts and qualified for the degree of Bachelor of Education too. She was invited to exhibit her paintings at the Rashtrapati Bhavan (House of the President of India) in January 2006 with other eminent artists. The President of India, who inaugurated the exhibition, along with The Prime Minister of India and other dignitaries present, highly acclaimed her works. One of the works, selected then, adorns the walls of Rashtrapati Bhavan and another painting ‘Leadership’ is a collection of The Prime Minister of India’s Office, New Delhi. She has conducted several workshops, participated in camps with many prominent artists, held several Solo Exhibitions and participated in various Group Shows. Prominent Private Art Collectors, Senior Officials, Art Lovers, the Rich & Famous have her works in their private and official collection. Presently Shuchi heads the Department of Fine Arts at the prestigious Sanskriti School in New Delhi. The artist lives and works in New Delhi, India.
Somnath Hore (1921 – 2006)
Somnath Hore was born in Barama, Chittagong, in the present day Bangladesh. At a very young age he started making posters for the Communist party. With the help of the leader of this party, he was admitted into the Government College of Art & Craft where he also learned the methods and nuances of printmaking. He started experimenting significantly with the print making process. From 1954 to 1958 he was a lecturer at the Indian College of Art and Draughtsmanship in Calcutta. Till 1967,he held posts like the in-charge of the Graphic section at the College of Arts, New Delhi, visiting faculty at the M.S. University of Baroda, and the head of the Graphic Art department of Kala Bhawan, Visva Bharati. In 1960, he became a member of the Society of Contemporary Artists. Somnath died in 2006 in Santiniketan, West Bengal.
Sudhir Ranjan Khastagir (1907 – 1974)
Sudhir Khastagir was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh. In 1929, he met Abanindranath Tagore and Gaganendranath Tagore in Jorasanko, Kolkata. He got himself admitted in Kala Bhavan to study fine art under Nandalal Bose in 1929. He travelled far and wide in India with a serious interest as an artist and visited many historical sites in South India and Sri Lanka. In 1937, he went to England to complete a short term course in Bronze casting. He also spent a few months in Italy, Austria, Germany and France. He was inspired by the art of Van Gogh. He painted mostly rural India with cheerful dancers, santhals, flowers, Amaltash tree etc. By 1947, he had become a well known artist. Government of India honoured him with Padma Shri in 1958.
Suman Roy (1968 – 2012)
Suman Roy, the son of the legendary painter Suhas Roy was brought up in Santiniketan, West Bengal. Living in a surrounding that exuded joy and simplicity he was trained almost automatically under a philosophy of simplicity. His early works, especially during the final years at Kala Bhawan reflected various moods of nature. After leaving Santiniketan and moving to Kolkata he started working on themes where human presence was predominant. Single human beings – mainly males – made him introspect. His mission became to reach out to the viewer, and brought realization to the fact that contemporary art movement in India was not integrated. His style is simple, as he is confident that the so called technical jugglery does not lead the viewer to any point of contentment.
Sunil Das (1939-2015)
Born in 1939 in Calcutta, Sunil Das studied at the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Calcutta. In 1960, he won a French Government Scholarship to the Ecole National des Beaux Arts. He has had over fifty solo shows, and has participated in several exhibitions in India and abroad. His work has been included in the Biennales of Paris, Dacca, Tokyo. He has served as commissioner to the Sao Paulo Biennale, and was a member of the jury of the ‘Pfix des Etrangeres’, Paris. He passed away in August 2015.
Sushil Sen (1909 – 1972)
Sushil Sen was born on February 23, 1909, in Kalia village in Jessore District in Bengal. In 1928, he was admitted to the Goverment College of Art and Craft, Calcutta, where he was later to join as a lecturer, and end up as Vice Principal. Whilst he was initially trained in the western style, he was greatly influenced by the work and technique of Ababindranath Tagore. Sen used both oil and watercolour and depicted scenes of Indian life as shown in lots 1957-60. From 1946-51, he worked as a lecturer at the Delhi Polytecnic in the Art Department. His work was exhibited both in India, and abroad.
V. Anamika (b. 1975)
Anamika is a contemporary artist born in Neelankarai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, a student of Shri. S. Dhanapal, an eminent artist of India. She has a BFA and a MFA from the College of Fine Arts in Chennai, India. Further, she has learnt Japanese wood block printing from the Edinburgh printmaker’s studio in Edinburgh. She won the Charles Wallace India Trust Award that enabled her to study the art of enameling at the University of West England in Bristol, UK. She has won many awards in India as well, The Lalit Kala Akademi award, and the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society award amongst others. Her work with dots has been inspired by chanting. Like with chanting you focus on or repeat a particular mantra or a verse, Anamika focuses on the dot. The placement of these dots depicts various emotions. Through her work she tries to discover how she is linked to other forms in the universe.
Vikash Kalra (b. 1973)
Vikash was born in Delhi. He is self taught artist, studied commerce from Delhi University. His work has been in many solo, curated as well as group shows in India including Museum Collection-II, Art Konsult, New Delhi, 2011, a solo show Nostalgia/Memory supported by Art Konsult, Visual Art Gallery, IHC, New Delhi, 2011, The Artist The Man, IHC, New Delhi, 2010, Foyer, IHC, New Delhi, 2009, Epic Centre, Gurgaon, 2009, Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2008, 60 years of Independence, Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, 2007, Rang Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2006, etc. Vikash lives and works in Delhi.
Vinita Dasgupta (b.1983)
Vinita completed her B.F.A and M.F.A in Painting from Delhi College of Art, New Delhi in 2005 and 2008, respectively. Her works have been a part of solos and group shows, New Documents, Art Konsult, New Delhi in 2011; H-Cube Gallery, Korea in 2011; Gen Next-IV, Aakriti Art Gallery in 2010; Fashion and Attitude – Womanhood Under Scanner, Palm Court Galley, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi in 2009. She has participated in workshops organized by Sahitya Kala Parishad in 2007, and an installation workshop ‘Day of The Dead’ in collaboration with Mexican artist in 2006. She was the recipient of Art for Social Change Award, United Nations Population Fund, India in 2008. Vinita lives and works in Delhi.
Vinod Sharma (b. 1952)
Vinod Sharma graduated in 1st Class, Bachelors of Fine Arts, College of Arts in New Delhi, in 1976; and, 1st Class, Master of Fine Arts from M.S. University in Baroda. Vinod Sharma has been in love with landscapes for the past three decades. His paintings capture the icy and rocky landscapes in an impressionistic tradition. He likes to experience landscapes, and then produce the images that his mind creates. These are neither photographs nor reproductions of the visual reality but in fact his own abstractions imbued with his own personality. His perspective is to bring a close-up quality to the untouchable distances. He uses subdued colors with thin oils and soft brushes to render his paintings peaceful and joyous. Finally, having been a student of printmaking in his initial years, texture plays a very important role in his paintings.
Vivan Sundaram (b. 1943)
Sundaram was born in Simla. He studied painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda, 1965 and at the Slade School, London Post-Diploma, 1968, on a Commonwealth Scholarship. In London he met the British-American painter R. B. Kitaj under whom he trained for some time. He held his first solo exhibition in New Delhi in 1966 and has had several solo and group exhibitions in India and abroad since, group shows include Six who declined to show in the Triennale, New Delhi, 1978, Place for People, Bombay, 1981, Contemporary Indian Art, Festival of India, London (1982), the Second and Fourth Biennale, Havana 1987 & 1991, A Critical Difference: Contemporary Art from India, UK,1 993, Rivers cape, the Second Asia-Pacific Triennale of Contemporary Art, Brisbane,1996 etc. He was part of Four International Artist Residencies, Cleveland, UK, 1993. Vivan Sundaram lives and works in New Delhi, where he is a Visiting Professor at the Jamia Milia Islamia University.
Wasim R. Kapoor (b. 1951)
Wasim R. Kapoor through his works explores the dark and murkier side of life. His works transform the seemingly unreal with a strange sense of reality. His works transfer the viewers into stranger worlds. His Christ crucifixion series earned him quite a name. His Victim series from 1984 depicts the hardships of prostitutes who have been abused and mistreated, emanating from a body of degradation. His recent Nude series of 2006 reveals the beauty of the female form. His recent work ‘Sands of Time’ depicts Bollywood and Tollywood actresses in all their glamour. Wasim R. Kapoor is constantly evolving as an artist.
Zarina Hashmi (b. 1937)
Zarina Hashmi received a B.Sc. degree with honours from the city’s Muslim University in 1958 before she turned to the study of print making in India, and then abroad. Between 1963 and 1967 she studied print making with S. W. Hayter and Krishna Reddy at Atelier 17 in Paris, and in 1974 studied wood block printing at Toshi Yoshido’s studio in Tokyo on a Japan Foundation Fellowship. Hashmi has always engaged with the politics of space and its crossings. Mirroring her own extensive travels, and the multiple meanings that the word ‘home’ has for her, Hashmi’s work challenges familiar locations like ‘country’, the ways in which they are bordered, delimited and traversed, and the feelings and memories that they evoke in us. Her minimalist prints use these locations to construct new geographies, imbuing them with fresh perspectives and new universal meanings.