Born in 1960, Sunil Gawde graduated from the J.J. School of Art in 1980. Despite his art education, Gawde chose to take a job at the Bombay Port Trust, where he worked until 1995. Through his tenure at the Port Trust, he remained alive to his surroundings, incorporating Bombay's dockyards and wharves into his paintings. The peeling layers of paint on a ship's helm, for instance, echoed his own philosophy of the canvas as palimpsest: "That is the logic of my paintings," said Gawde, "to strip the overlayers partially, so that earlier histories may be revealed."


1980 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai

Solo Exhibitions

2016 id – od & other dimensions, Aicon Gallery, New York
2010 Alliteration, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2005 Blind Bulb etc…, A Sculptural Installation presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai at India
Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2002 8 Seconds Ahead of Time, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore
2001 1mm, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
1998 Oblique, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. Travelled to Chennai, Baroda and New Delhi
1997 Radium Grass, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow, U.K
1995 Prithvi Art Gallery, Mumbai
ABC Art Gallery, Varanasi
1994 Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata
1993 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai in association with Jindal Art Foundation, Mumbai
1990 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

Group Exhibitions

2014 In-Between, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2013 Edge of Reason- and beyond, into pure creativity, presented by Indian Art Circle at
Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2012 Looking Back, Looking Forward, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Contemporary: A Selection of Modern and Contemporary Art, prsented by Sakshi Gallery at
The Park, Chennai
2011 Pause: A Collection, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
High-Light, presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai at The Oberoi, Gurgaon
Tech-Cut-Edge-Revelations, Ashna Gallery, New Delhi
2010 A Collection, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Third Dimension, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2009 Inaugural Show, Sakshi Gallery, Taipei
2008 Mutant Beauty, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi
Point and Line to Plane VI, Gallery Beyond, Mumbai
Indi Genius, presented by Sakshi Gallery and Soka Contemporary Space, Taipei at Sakshi
Gallery, Mumbai
Link, Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai
2007 Art on the Corniche, organized by Enrico Navarra, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and
Heritage & Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E
Frame/Grid/Room/Cell, Bodhi Art, Mumbai
Inaugural Show, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2006 Made by Indians, Gallery Enrico Navvara, St. Tropez Beach, France
Bronze,Gallery Espace, New Delhi
Bombay: Maximum City, Lille 3000, Paris
Entrusted, organized by British Council for Charles Wallace Scholars, New Delhi
Made by Indians, St. Tropez Beach, organized by Gallery Enrico Navarra, Paris, France
The Art Mill at Berkeley Square Gallery, Berkeley, USA
Young Masters, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
Strangeness, Anant Art Gallery, Kolkata
2005 Are We Like This Only ?, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
Young Masters, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
Span, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2004 Bombay Boys, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
Subtley-Minimally, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
India, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Bombay x 17, Ruia House, Mumbai; Kashi Art Centre, Kochi
2003 ShantiPath, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
Highlights, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai
Viart Gallery, New Delhi
Rain, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2002 Creative Space, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, organized by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
50 years celebrations at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai
2001 Architect and Artist, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
Palette 2001, Indian Contemporary Artists at The Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre,
New Delhi
2000 Memos for the new Millennium from Artists of a Moulting World, Birla Academy of Art
and Culture, Mumbai
Memoirs For the Past Image of the Present and Picturing the Future, The Fine Art Company, Mumbai
1999 Legatee, The Fine Art Company, Mumbai
Exhibition of Works by Contemporary Artists to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Sir.
J.J. Parsee Benevolent Institution, Mumbai
1998 Indian Contemporary Art, from the collection of Mr. Harsh Goenka presented in association
with Bayer in Germany
1997 Vision Recaptured, British Council Art Gallery, New Delhi, a supportive event to Enduring Image, British Museum, London, U.K
1996 Art for Hearts Sake Sothebys, Mumbai
1993 Dew Drops, Emerald Isle Gallery, Kolkata
1992 Nest for Sparrow, Sparrow at Artists Centre, Mumbai
1982 Four Young Contemporaries Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai


2011 Paris-Delhi-Bombay, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Miniscule Marvel, presented by Contemplate at Gallery BMB, Mumbai
2010 Finding India: Art for the New century, presented by Sakshi Gallery at Museum of
Contemporary Art (MOCA), Taipei
Scratch, 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai at Lalit Kala Akademi,
New Delhi
2010 Roots, 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai at The Park, Chennai
2009 Venice Biennale
2008 Pulse Miami, presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Art Dubai 2008, Dubai presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2007 SH Contemporary 07, presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Singapore International Art Fair 07, presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
Gulf Art Fair 07, Dubai, presented by Enrico Navarra Gallery, Paris/New York
1997 8th Asian Art Biennial, Dhaka
9th International Triennial Artists Camp, organised by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1996 The Harmony Show Nehru Centre, Mumbai
1981 Monsoon Art Show, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

Honours & Awards

1995/96 Visiting Artist at Glasgow School of Art
1995 Awarded Charles Wallace Award by the British Council