1942 - 2005




Artist Profile


1969-75 Worked with Proyom, a student organisation. 1971-74 Worked at Matunga Labour Camp, Bombay. 1971 Participated in the Film Division`s Documentary `The Young Canvas`. 1972-75 Worked with mobile creche, Bombay. 1972 Executed murals (170` x 7`) for Dawoodbhoy Fazalbhoy High School, Bombay (With Salim, Navjot and Shobha).


  • 1961-66 Studied art at various Colleges in England.


  • 1968 Solo exhb., Taj Art Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1970 Group exhb., with Ambadas, Satish Panchal and Darshan, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1971 Solo exhb. Nielsen`s Pavement Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1972, 75 Exhb. at Elphistone College, St. Xavier College, University Club House, Matunga Labour Camp, Cheetah Camp etc.
  • 1976, 79 Joint exhb. with Navjot, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1982 Solo exhb., Prithvi Art Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1982, 85, 91, 94, 96 Solo exhb., Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1984 Group exhb. with Lalita Lajmi and Navjot, Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad.
  • 1985 Joint exhb. of drawings with Navjot, Kunst Galerie E Dedeke, Germany.
  • 1985 All India League for Revolutionary Culture, Dhanbad.
  • 1985 Exhibited outside Union Carbide on the First Anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Bhopal.
  • 1986 Exhb. of prints `Male Formy Grafiki`, Poland.
  • 1986 Exhb. of prints, Hardtime Gallery, Bristol.
  • 1986 Group exhb., Lalit Kala Akademi, Goa.
  • 1987 In


Much of Altaf`s work is too messy and undisciplined, but it has certain puzzling power to disturb our eyes. Painted with a consistent, but not always meaningful crudeness, Altaf`s world is full of human beings in a state of torture, their expressions often controlled and bodies hanging or floating, as it were, in Limbo. At their best these faceless figures have a fresco-like quality; at their worst they amount only to some inexpert draftsmanship.


1977 Joined New Habib High School as Art Teacher, Bombay. 1982 `History of India Through the Arts`, an educational project, New Habib High School, Bombay. 1984 `Freedom Struggle`- 1857-1947, an educational project, New Habib High School, Bombay. 1986 `20 Contemporary Painters`, An Educational Project, New Habib High School, Bombay. 1986 He has organised painting workshops at Goa, which was sponsored by XAL Human Growth Centre (Also in 1988).