Artist Profile


He was born at Akola, Maharashtra. 1959-69 Worked as Textile Designer for Handloom, W.S.C. Govt. of India in Madras, Delhi and Bombay. 1962 He was the organising member of `Group 1890`. 1966,68 He was invited by the German Govt. to be a guest artist. 1971 Travelled to USA on the invitation of the Central Govt. 1986 Served on the jury of the Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal. Lives and works in Oslo, Norway.


  • 1947-52 Diploma (Painting) J.J. School of Art, Bombay.


  • 1951 Non- Representation Group Exhb., Bombay.
  • 1960 `12 Young Painters`, New Delhi.
  • 1962 Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi.
  • 1963 `Group 1890`, group show inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
  • 1964 `Art Now in India`, New Castle, England & Ghent, Belgium.
  • 1965 Participated in the Tokyo Biennale, Japan.
  • 1965-70 Solo show at Kunika Chemould Gallery, New Delhi.
  • 1966 National Exhb. Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • 1967 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil.
  • 1967 `Twentyfive Years of Art in Bombay`, sponsored by Chemould Gallery.
  • 1967 `Contemporary Art in India and Iran`, sponsored by the Ben and Abie Foundation. 1968 `Five Contemporaries`, New Delhi and Ahmedabad.
  • 1968-69 Chemould Gallery, Bombay. 1970 `Art Today`, Ashoka Gallery, New Delhi.
  • 1970 Nagar Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
  • 1970 Coray Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 1970 Exhb. at Konark Gallery, New Delhi.
  • 1973 Solo Exhb. at Gallery Art, Zurich.
  • 1973-75 Surya Gallerie, Freinsheim, Germany.


  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
  • Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • Roopankar-Museum of Art, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.
  • Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta.
  • Chandigarh University Museum, Chandigarh.
  • Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bombay.
  • Taj Hotel, Bombay.
  • Masanori Fuluoka, Glenbarra Art Museum, Hemeji, Japan.
  • Ben & Abbey Grey Foundation, USA. H.M. Shahabanu of Iran.
  • State Gallery, Norway.
  • Norsk Kulturrad, Norway.
  • Jehangir Nicholson Museum, NCPA, Bombay.
  • Mr. Yehudi Menuhin.
  • Dr. Octavio Paz, Mexico.
  • Mr. & Mrs. R. Rettberg, West Germany.
  • Mr. Peter Rindle, Vienna.
  • Dr. Lee, Canada.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Whaley, U.K.
  • Dr. E. Riedi.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Imhasely.
  • Mrs. V. Raeber, Switzerland.
  • Mr. W. Beardsley.
  • Dr. Samuel Clerk. Mrs. Kerson.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Paul Aimmermann, U.S.A.
  • Mr. P.N. Amersey.
  • Mr. D.S. Bottlewala.
  • Mr. J.M. Billimoria.
  • Mr. J.P. Dubash.
  • Mr. S.P. Godrej.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Navroz Vakil, Bomba


  • 1963 Received National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • 1965 He was invited to West Germany.
  • 1970 He was invited to the United States.
  • 1990-91 He was appointed `Artist in Residence`, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.
  • 1994,96 Stripend from BKS, Norway.


Familiar whorls and whirls of the broad brush, with textures created by its hairlines. All this may look like furrowed land seen from the air, or a cross-section of the earth`s womb discovered deep down some shaft, or reflections of reeds undulating in a placid stream, or spools of celluloid unwound and left on the floor in a heap. This is, of course only to find a verbal parallel to describe the visual schemes of Ambadas not to pinpoint their essence, which is a sort of dynamic movement of form, light and colour, all together.