21/06/1928 - 25/04/1994




Artist Profile


Born in Sanjuali, Himachal Pradesh. He was an activist in the Communist Party until mid 1950?s. 1963 Founded member, Group 1890, a group of 12 artists, Bhavnagar. 1966 Published polemical monthly, Contra, in collaboration with Octavio Paz. 1981-90 Founder Director, Roopankar Museum, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. 1985-86 Along with, Robin David, created a monument in memory of poet Iqbal, Bhopal.


  • 1956 Part time study at Delhi Polytechnic, New Delhi.
  • 1958 Studied at Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw.


  • 1963 Inaugural exhb., Group 1980, New Delhi.
  • 1965 Solo exhb., Gallery Chemould, Bombay.
  • 1965 Tokyo Biennale, Japan.
  • 1965 International Exhb. of Indian Graphics, organised by UNESCO, Poland.
  • 1968 1st International Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • 1971 Solo exhb., Gallery Chemould, Bombay.
  • 1986, 88 1st and 2nd National Biennale, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.
  • 1987 Festival of India, Moscow.
  • 1988 Solo exhb., Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi.
  • 1988 Festival of India, Takaoka Municipal Museum of Art and Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo.
  • 1988 Seventeen Indian Painters, celebrating Gallery Chemould?s 25 years at Jehangir, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
  • 1993 Solo exhb., Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi.
  • 2003 Manifestations, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, World Trade Center, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
  • 2004 Manifestations II, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


  • Gallery Chemould, Mumbai.
  • Glenbara Art Museum, Hemeji.
  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
  • Nordness Collection, New York.
  • Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
  • Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.


  • 1968-70 Awarded Jawaharlal Nehru Scholarship.


Art Teacher, Cambridge School, New Delhi. Visiting Professor, Jamia Milia University, New Delhi.