Akbar Padamsee

Born 1928, Bombay Maharashtra

Diploma in Fine Arts, Sir J.J. School of Arts, Mumbai (1945-49)

Born in Bombay Maharashtra in1928, Padamsee left for Paris in 1951 and lived and worked there until his return in 1967. He was associated with the Progressive Artists Group. Padamsee's work ranges from the figure to non-figuration ... an artist difficult to bracket. In fact for Padamsee, it not the bracketing which is of consequence, for his main pre-occupation is with the form, volume , space, time, & colour. He is very conscious of every mark that he makes; the process of creation is one of contemplation and articulation of thoughts and ideas.

Select Solo Exhibitions
2008 Sensitive Surfaces, Galerie Helene Lamarque, Paris
2006 Photographs, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
2005 Gallery Threshold and the French Embassy in India, Delhi
2004 Retrospective of Watercolors, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
1997 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
1994 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
1993 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
1992 Art Heritage, New Delhi
1986 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
1980 Retrospective of works organized by Art Heritage Delhi and Mumbai
1975 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
1974 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
1972 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
1967 Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal
1960 Painting in Grey, Gallery '59, Mumbai
1957 Galerie Ventadour, France
1952 Galerie Saint Placide, Paris 1953,55 Venice Biennale, Italy

Select Group Exhibitions

2006 CIMA Gallery, Kolkata
2005 Threshold Art Gallery, New Delhi
Contemporary Indian Art, Nehru Center, London
2004 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
2003-04 Critical Boundaries - A retrospective and the release of a book documenting his works on
Paper, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
2001-02 Saffronart and Pundole Art Gallery in New York
1993 Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore & Madras
1992 Sanskriti Art Gallery, Kolkata
1991 National Exposition of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
1987 Festival of India, Moscow, USSR

Awards and Fellowships

2004 Lalit Kala Ratna, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1998 Bank of India Excellence Award
1997 98 Kalidas Samman
1969-70 Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship
1967 Artist - in - Residence, Stout State University, Wisconsin
1965 .D. Rockefeller III. Fund Fellowship, U.S.A


Ministry of Cultural and Scientific Affairs, New Delhi.
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
Jehangir Nicholson Museum Mumbai.
Art Heritage, New Delhi. Deutsche Bank, Mumbai.
Glenbarra Art Museum Hemeji.
Pheroza and Jamshyd Godrej Collection.
Ajay Lakhanpal Collection, Mumbai.
Solang Padmsee Family Collection, Paris.
Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai.
Ursula Volmer-Hoffmann Collection, Germany.