Akbar Padamsee

Akbar Padamsee

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Akbar Padamsee Profile

  • Name:
  • Akbar Padamsee
  • Born:
  • April 12, 1928
  • Awards:
  • Padma Bhushan (2010)

Akbar Padamsee Biography

Akbar Padamsee is an Indian artist. He has diverse faces as a painter, photographer, film maker, engraver and sculptor. He was born on 12th April 1928 in Mumbai in India. His ancestral origin is Vaghnagar in Bhavnagar district. He studied at Sir J. J. School in 1947. He is one of the most influential modern artists in India.

He went to France and lived there since 1851. In the year 1952, he was awarded the prize by Andre Breton who is regarded as the pope of surrealism. His first exhibition was conducted in Jehangir Art Gallery at Mumbai in the year 1954.

His art career spans over six decades. He was awarded gold medal from Lalit Kala Akademi in the year 1962 and in the year 1965 he received a fellowship from J. D. Rockefeller Foundation. He was invited to be an artist by Stout State University at Wisconsin. A solo exhibition of his paintings was conducted in 1967 at Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art in Canada. Then he returned back to India.

His paintings reflected heads, couples, grey works, metascapes, mirror images and painted in various types that include oil paintings, water color, printmaking, photography, plastic emulsion, etc. He set up the Vision Exchange Workshop (VIEW) in 1969-71 with the help of Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship funds. This provided the much needed creative stimulus to the young people.

He has also made two short films, Syzygy and Events in a Cloud Chamber. He is interested in the Sanskrit texts. He took part in the exhibitions at Biennales and Venice in 1953 and 1955, at Sao Paulo and Tokyo in 1959, at Museum of Modern Art at Oxford in 1981, at Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1982 and National Des Arts Plastiques in Paris in 1985.

He was awarded the Kalidas Samman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in the year 1997. He also has won Lalit Kala Ratna Puraskar award in 2004, Dayawati Modi Award in the year 2007, Roopdhar Award by Bombay Art Society in 2008 and Kailash Lalit Kala Award in the year 2010. The Government of India awarded him Padma Bhushan in 2010. 

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Updated: August 28, 2011

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