Artist Profile

Shankar Sonawane

Date of Birth : 6th March 1971


  • 1992 A.T.D. from Sir J.J. School for Art, Mumbai, India
  • 1998 Art Master (A.M.) from Sir J.J. School for Art, Mumbai, India


  • 2004 Maharashtra State Award (Sculpture)
  • 2003 Kala Darpan Puraskar, Ojhar, Nasik
  • 2003 Merit Certificate (Sculpture), South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur
  • 2003 Merit Certificate, The Bombay Art Society
  • 2003 Surabhi Kalaratna Award, Aurangabad
  • 2002 Bharat Ratna Late Shri. Rajiv Gandhi Award (Maharashtra State)
  • 2001 Camlin Art Foundation Award (Oil Colour)
  • 2000 Krishnaji Keluskar "LOK SHIKSHAK" Puraskar

Art Shows / Exhibitions

  • 2004 World Trade Centre, Mumbai, India orgainsed by SBI Bank.
  • 2003 Talkatoria Stadium, Organised by BDSA, New Delhi, India
  • 2002-2003 Jehangir Art Gallery, Pradarshank Art Gallery, Siddhivinayak Trust Hall Airoli, DCB Mini Art Gallery
  • 2001 Mandvi Bank Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
  • 2000 Gallerie Leela, Mumbai, India
  • 1997-1999 Rewa Art Gallery, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Gallery While Colume, Mahalsa Art Gallery

Group Shows

  • 2005 VDIS London, UK
  • 2004 India Art Gallery, Pune
  • 2004 Concern India Foundation, Artnet (Contemporary Indian Art), Artist Centre, Mumbai
  • 2004 Harmony Show, Mumbai, India
  • 2004 Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Lucknow, India
  • 2004 Jehandir Art Gallery, State Art Exhibition, Mumbai
  • 2003 World Trade Centre, Jakarta (Indonasia).

At Art Auction

  • 2004 At a charity show for Passages Breast Cancer Health Project, Mumbai, India
  • 2003 Occasion of Children's Day "DEEDS" have a heart, Mumbai, India

Honors & Awards

  • 2004 International Awar OTIA ASIAN SCULPTURE (JAPAN) Photo Book Selection
  • 2004 Dr. Ambedkar Fellowship Award, BDSA, New Delhi, India

Shankar Sonawane's oeuvre covers a vast gamut of subjects. Not confined to any peculiarity, he explores a whole array of emotions involving war and peace. His palette comprises of bold hues, which enhance the solidarity of his expressions. His repertoire is a vivid portrayal of faceless urban characters, mystically eclipsed backgrounds and sometimes paintings of gods and goddesses. He brings to his canvas the horrifying shadows of war with as much ease as the flowing hues of the evening breeze. His work exuberates the intense and silent ripples that find a way to our innermost selves. Peace as an entity, cutting through all boundaries and religions, ruminates in his work. His paintings meditate over his ideology and philosophy.

Sonawane's paintings demonstrate a kind of ruggedness. His strokes are confident. He has an exceptional ability to recreate space on canvas. Figurative in style, his work exhibits mastery and a high command over colour and form. Conviction and clarity of thought is supported by innovative use of materials and media.

The more familiar of his body of works are, the depiction of the 'Buddha', goddess 'Kali', lord 'Ganesha' and the eternal 'Om'. These paintings have become a powerful language of peace and serenity, which one tends to surrender to subconsciously.

Shankar has particiapted in a lot of Art Shows, Exhibitions, Art Camps and Workshops in India and Japan. He has received Awards and Honours in many such occassions. Listed here are a few of those efforts of his.