1914 - 1990




Artist Profile


Born in Navrari, Gujarat. He was the first Indian artist to introduce Modern Stage Dcor in England and was a colleague of Leon Bakst and Picasso. He was the Chief Restorer of National Gallery, London. 1990 Died in Bombay.


  • 1930-35 Diploma in Fine Arts, J.J. School of Art, Mumbai.
  • 1935-38 Diploma in Fine Arts, Slade School of Fine Arts, London.
  • 1936-39 Part time student, St. Martins School of Art, London.
  • 1937 Studied in the Academie de La Grande Chaumiere, Paris.
  • 1955 Student with Mr. Helmut Ruhemann.


  • 1942-90 Exhb. in Bombay.
  • 1945 Group exhb., Burlington House Art Gallery, London.
  • 1946 UNESCO International Exhb., Paris.
  • 1949, 67, 85 Exhb. in Ahmedabad.
  • 1951 Exhb. in Djakarta.
  • 1951 Exhb., Salon de Mai, Paris.
  • 1952 Exhb. in Singapore.
  • 1955 Exhb. in London and Paris.
  • 1956 Exhb. in Zurich and New York.
  • 1960 Contemporary Art from India, Folkwang Museum, Essen.
  • 1987 Indian Drawing Today, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1996 Contemporary Indian Painters 1996, curated by Baburao Sadvelkar, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.


  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
  • Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
  • Baroda Museum, Baroda.


  • 1956 Elected as one of the nine eminent artists of India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • 1939 Sir William Orpen Bursery Award, Slade.
  • 1985 Abhivadan Trust Award, Bombay.
  • 1986 Elected as fellow, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • 1986 Felicitated, State Lalit Kala Akademi, Gujarat.
  • 1987 Valsad Jilla Chitrashirsak Sangh and Navsari Nagarpallika, Bombay.
  • 1990 Artist of the year, Maharashtra State Govt., Bombay.