1934 - 2003




Artist Profile


Born in Bombay. Wrote short stories for Gujarati newspapers. 1969-73 Co-editor (with G.M. Sheikh) of Vrishchik, a journal of art. 1989 Mojila Manilal, a play written and designed by Bhupen Khakhar, performed at Bombay, Baroda and Ahmedabad. 1989 Set of prints (five woodcuts and three linocuts) for a limited edition of two stories by Salman Rushdie, Free Radio, The Prophet. 1998 Phoren Soap, story by Bhupen Khakhar, with his original etchings. Film by Judy Marle: Messages from Bhupen Khakhar, for the Arts Council of Great Britain, screened on ITV. Film by Arun Khopkar: Figures of Thought, on Khakhar, Malani and Sundaram, sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi.


  • 1954 Bachelor of Arts, Bombay University, Bombay.
  • 1956 Bachelor of Commerce, Bombay University, Bombay.
  • 1956 Qualifies as a Chartered Accountant.
  • 1964 Masters in Art Criticism, Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda.


  • 1963 Inaugural Exhb., with N.S. Bendre, Himmat Shah, Krishen Khanna, Ram Kumar, Laxman Shreshtha and others, Gallery Chemould, Bombay.
  • 1965 Solo exhb., Jahangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1965 Art Now In India, curated by George Butcher, Royal Festival Hall, London and Liang Art Gallery, New Castle.
  • 1967, 70 Solo exhb., Kunika Chemould Art Centre, New Delhi.
  • 1968 1st Triennale India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • 1969 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil.
  • 1972, 81 Solo exhb., Gallery Chemould, Bombay.
  • 1972 2nd Triennale India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • 1973 Contemporary Indian Art, curated by Richard Bartholomew, Renwick Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • 1977 Pictorial Space curated by Geeta Kapur, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • 1978 Menton Biennale, France.
  • 1979 Narrative Paintings: Figurative Art of Two Generations, curated by Timothy Hyman, Bristol and ICA, London.
  • 1979 Solo exhb., Anthony Stokes Gallery, London.
  • 1979 Solo exhb., Hester van Royen Gallery, London.
  • 1981 Place for People,


  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • The British Museum, London.
  • Chester Herwitz Trust, Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • Fonds National dArt Contemporain, Paris.
  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, Bombay and New Delhi..
  • National Portrait Gallery, London.
  • Tate Gallery, London.
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
  • Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
  • Punjab Museum, Chandigarh.
  • Mr. Vivan Sundaram, New Delhi.
  • Late Mrs. Ratna Fabri, New Delhi.
  • Raja of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.
  • Mrs. Lila Shiveshwarkar, New Delhi.
  • Mr. Nirvar Singh Majithia, Palia.
  • Mrs. Helen Chamanlal, New Delhi.
  • Mr. Badr-ud-din Tyabji, Hyderabad.


  • 1984 Padamshree, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  • 1986 Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, New York.
  • 8th Aug-28th Aug, 2004 A tribute to Bhupen Khakhar a group show organized by 42 artists in his honour.
  • November 4th -26th 2003 Bhupen Khakhar-A Retrospective, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai.