Sohan Qadri (1932 - 2011) was born in Punjab, India. The late artist drew inspiration from two spiritualists - Bikham Giri, a Bengali Tantric-Vajrayan yogi and Ahmed Ali Shah Qadri, a sufi.
The yogi, painter and poet has developed his own signature methodology that he adapted across his artwork. Qadri’s lush & transcendent works of dye on paper recall the palette, and spiritual cornucopia of India, Qadri’s homeland. The rhythmic movements of ‘color energies’ are conveyed within the repeating patterns of dots and striations that undulate across the paper. Rich dyes of ochre, cerulean, crimson, or saffron transform the surfaces of each work into effulgent pools from which the eye cannot look away.
Qadri has held over 40 solo shows across the globe. He was the recipient of multiple awards such as I.A.P.A.A. Award, Toronto (1982) and an award in painting from Lalit Kala Akademi (1968).