Artist Profile


Born in Bombay, Maharashtra. 1967 Artist in residence, Stout State University, Wisconsin. Established Vision Exchange Workshop, for artists and film-makers. Made short films, including Events in a Cloud Chamber and Syzygy, which animates a set of his geometrical drawings. As a student of Sanskrit, Padamsee is well versed in the Upanishads. Lives and works in Mumbai.


  • 1945-49 Diploma in Fine Arts, J.J. School of Art, Bombay.


1952 Solo exhb., Galerie Saint Placide, Paris. 1953, 55 Venice Biennale, Italy. 1957 Solo exhb., Galerie Ventadour, France. 1958 Seven Indian Painters, Gallery One, London. 1959 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil. 1959 Tokyo Biennale, Japan. 1960 Solo exhb., Painting in Grey, Gallery 59, Bombay. 1967 Solo exhb., Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal. 1980 Retrospective, organised by Art Heritage, Bombay and New Delhi. 1981 India: Myth and Reality- Aspects of Modern Indian Art, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. 1982 Contemporary Indian Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London. 1985-86 Artistes Indiens en France, Foundation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, Paris. 1987 Festival of India, Moscow, USSR. 1991 National Exposition of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. 2004 Manifestations II, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


Art Heritage, New Delhi. Deutsche Bank, Mumbai. Glenbarra Art Museum, Hemeji. Pheroza and Jamshyd Godrej Collection. Ajay Lakhanpal Collection, Mumbai. Ministry of Cultural and Scientific Affairs, New Delhi. National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Jehangir Nicholson Museum, Mumbai. Solang Padamsee Family Collection, Paris. Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai. Ursula Volmer-Hoffmann Collection, Germany.


1965 Awarded JDR 3rd Foundation Fellowship, New York. 1969-70 Awarded Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship. 2004 Lalit Kala Ratna, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.


Akbar Padamsee, since the beginning of his artistic career, never wavered from his strength of line and astute vision. His idiom, even as a very young painter, did not succumb to prevailing conventions. Even as Padamsee broke free from the accepted European schooled thought, which was ruling the roost then, he maintained a classical balance in all his work. The painters artistic journey spans various phases. The early portraits and landscapes were executed in a quasi-spiritual manner. Padamsee, during his maturing years, began to internalise the process and subverted the very quintessence of scapes. They now turned into what is known in art historical terms, as inscapes. This is one of the landmarks of Padamsees career-graph by way of which, the artist plunged into much deeper subconscious layers. His paintings became increasingly multi-dimensional in that they could now be read from a psychoanalytical point of view, besides the other formal, aesthetic viewpoints, which already exist