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Akbar Padamsee

 (born 1928)
Akbar Padamsee is active/lives in India.  Akbar Padamsee is known for painting, film making, sculpture, photography and printmaking.

Akbar Padamsee

Biography from the Archives of askART

Akbar Padamsee (born April 12, 1928, in Mumbai, India) is a contemporary Indian artist.
He received his diploma from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, in 1951. He lives and works in Mumbai, India

He is a painter, film maker, sculptor, photographer, engraver, and lithographer.

As a member of many artistic committees, he took part in the development of the collections of the Bharat Bhavan museum of Bhopal, and created the VIEW (Vision Exchange Workshop). He curated major cultural events and received many distinctions such as the Padmashri in 2009.

His work is introspective; his "Metascapes" or his "Mirror Images" are "abstract images" formed from the search for a formal logic.  His topics include landscapes, nudes, heads and he has done portraits created in pencil and charcoal.  The depth which emerges from his oil-based works, emanates from the colored matter.  This creates a pictorial technique juxtaposing emerging split forms.

He has done, in addition to his painted work, black and white photographs which use light to create dimension. Padamsee always explored new plastic genres; he also created SYZYGY, Events in a Cloud Chamber, films shot in 1970, and explored computers in Compugraphics.


Biography from the Archives of askART
Born in Mumbai in 1928, Akbar Padmsee has exhibited his works in several solo exhibitions, including most recently, 'Sensitive Surfaces' at Galerie Helene Lamarque, Paris, in 2008; 'Metascape to Humanscape' at Aicon Gallery, New York and Palo Alto, in 2007; and 'Photographs (2004-06)' at the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2006. From 1994 onwards, Padamsee has held several solo shows at Pundole Art Gallery ,Mumbai, including 'Tertiaries', 'Compugraphics', 'Imaging Gandhi', 'Female Nudes', and 'Mirror Images'. Padamsee's first solo exhibition was held in Paris in 1952 at Galerie Saint Placide.

His recent group exhibitions include 'Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art' at Grosvenor Gallery, London, in 2009; 'Faces' at Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, and 'Freedom 2008 - Sixty Years of Indian Independence' at the Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata in 2008. The exhibition, 'Retrospective of Watercolors', was held at Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2004, and another retrospective of his works organized by Art Heritage, New Delhi, in Mumbai in 1980. Padamsee was awarded the Lalit Kala Ratna from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 2004, and the Kalidas Samman from the Madhya Pradesh Government in 1997.

The artist lives and works in Mumbai.

Source: Saffron Art

Biography from the Archives of askART
Padamsee was born in 1928 in Mumbai. After studying at the Sir J.J. School of Art, in Mumbai, he left for Paris, where he lived and worked during the 1950s, influenced in particular by Fauvist painters like Georges Rouault, and his use of heavy use of black outline. In 1965 he travelled to New York on a Rockefeller fellowship and was then invited to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, as an Artist-in-Residence. He returned to India in 1967 and was awarded the prestigious Nehru Fellowship in 1969. As part of this project, he established the Vision Exchange Workshop for artists and film-makers. He also made several short films, including SYGYZY, which animates a set of his geometrical drawings. He has had several solo exhibitions in India culminating in retrospectives in Mumbai and New Delhi. He has participated in important group exhibitions at the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, in Paris; the National Gallery of Modern Art, in New Delhi; the Museum of Modern Art, in Oxford, UK; and at the Royal Academy of Arts, in London. His work has also exhibited at the Biennales of São Paulo, Tokyo and Venice. He lives and works in Mumbai.

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About  Akbar Padamsee

Born:  1928 - Mumbai, India
Known for:  painting, film making, sculpture, photography and printmaking