1924 - 2001




Artist Profile


Born in Nagpur, Maharashtra. 1948 Founder member, Progressive Artist Group, Bombay.


  • 1948 Diploma in painting, J.J. School of Art, Bombay.


  • 1949 Progressive Art Group Exhb., Bombay Art Society Salon, Bombay.
  • 1956 Indian Art Exhb., Eastern Europe.
  • 1957 5,000 Years of Indian Art, Essex.
  • 1957 Young Asian Artists, Tokyo.
  • 1958, 59, 63 Group shows in London and New York.
  • 1959, 71, 73 Solo exhb. in New Delhi.
  • 1965 Solo exhb. in New York.
  • 1966, 67, 70, 73, 74, 77, 80 Solo exhb. in Bombay.
  • 1982 Festival of India, London.


  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
  • Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai.
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  • Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai.
  • Mr. Bal Chhabda, Mumbai.
  • Jehangir Nicholson Collection, Mumbai.


  • 1950 Silver Medal, Bombay Art Society, Bombay.
  • 1957 Young Asian Artists Award, Tokyo.
  • 1971 Received Padmashri, Govt. of India.
  • 1964-65 Received J.D. Rockefeller III, Travelling Fellowship, USA.


`A quiet man and a painter of the quite reaches of the imagination" as one of his admirers once called him, defines Gaitonde best, who has the appearance of an intellectual, literally simmering with some unexplored thought. Conceptually, he never considered himself an abstract painter and is averse to be called one. In fact he asserts that there is no such thing as abstract painting, instead he refers to his work as "non-objective" a kind of personalized hieroglyphics and calligraphic inventions, evoking the surface painted on with the most astounding intuitions, which he has realised in his inevitable meeting, in discovering Zen. The meditative Zen quality that transpires his speech, emoting silence is exemplified in his work best, as silence is eternal and meaningful in its` self, from this point one does tend to identify the mysterious motifs, the highly personalized hieroglyphs in Gaitonde`s canvasses with the manifestation of intuitions, invested in their various variegated ord