Artist Profile


He was born in Padharpur, Maharashtra. He migrated to Bombay and supported himself painting cinema hoardings. 1941 Designed furnitures and toys. 1948 Member, Progressive Artists Group, Bambay. 1952 Delegation member from India, World Peace Conference, China. 1954 Member, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1986,92 Member of Rajya Sabha, New Delhi. 1988 Fund raising programme with Pandit Bhimsen Joshi for Bombay Art Society, Tata Theatre, Bombay. Established museum called Sankalana, Bangalore. 1992 Established Husain ki Sarai, Faridabad. 1995 Established Husain-Doshi Gufa, Ahmedabad. Film Director, Gajagamini and Meenaxi.


  • Self-taught, brief stint at the Indore Art College, Indore.


1950 Bombay Art Societys Salon, Bombay. 1955 National Exhb., Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1956 Exhb. in Zrich and Prague. 1960 Exhb. in Rome and Frankurt. 1960 Exhb., Ashoka Gallery, Calcutta. 1964 Exhb., Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi. 1965 Exhb. in Baghdad and Kabul. 1967 Exhb. in New York, Poland and Czechoslovakia. 1968 Exhb., Pundole Art Gallery, Bombay. 1969 21 Years of Painting, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay. 1982 Contemporary Indian Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London. 1982 India: Myth and Reality: Aspect of Contemporary Indian Art, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. 1982 Modern Indian Painting, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC. 1982 Six Indian Painters, Tate Gallery, London. 1986 Contemporary Indian Art, Grey Art Gallery, New York. 1986 Indian Art Tomorrow, The Phillips Collections, Washington DC. 1986 Sistas Art Gallery, Kala Yatra, Bangalore. 1987 Coups de Coeur, Halles de Llle Geneva. 1994 Exhb., Pundole Art Gallery, Bombay. 1994 Exhb., Art Today,


Ebrahim Alkazi and Art Heritage, New Delhi. Masanori Fukuoka and Glenbarra Museum, Hemeji. Chester and Davida Herwtiz Collection, Boston, USA. Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi. Jehangir Nicholson Collection, Bombay. National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


1968 Won the Golden Bear for his film `Through the Eyes of a Painter`. Received Honourary Doctorates, Benaras Hindu University, Benaras, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Mysore University, Mysore. Awarded Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, Govt. of India. 2004 Lalit Kala Ratna, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.


Husain experimented extensively with forms and formats of painting and also other forms of visual art.