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
- 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
`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