AKBAR PADAMSEE


Born in 1928, Akbar Padamsee, a contemporary Indian artist, is considered one of the pioneers of Modern Indian Art painting. The artist completed his Diploma in Fine Arts from the Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai. Over six decades, the artist has been extremely experimental and individualistic with his work. His artistic oeuvre covers a wide array of exploratory genres including- metascapes, dualities, grey works, the prophetic, and many more. The artist’s process was aided by multiple media including: watercolor, charcoal, printmaking and oil painting.

He left for Paris in 1949. In 1965, he received the J D Rockefeller III Fund Fellowship which led to an Artist-in-Residency at the Stout State University in Wisconsin. He went on to hold a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal in 1967, finally returning to his homeland, in the same year.

Padamsee has held several solo exhibitions since then, throughout his long and illustrious career, and bagged multiple awards such as: Madhya Pradesh State Government (1997-98), French Art Journal, Arts Award, France (1952), Bank of India Excellence Awards (1998) and Lalit Kala Ratna Puraskar (2004).

The keen student of Sanskrit, currently lives and works out of Mumbai.