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Born in Mumbai in 1928


Akbar Padamsee Born in Bombay Maharashtra in 1928, Padamsee left for Paris in 1951 and lived and worked there until his return in 1967. He was associated with the Progressive Artists Group. Padamsee’s work ranges from the figure to non-figuration ... an artist difficult to bracket. In fact for Padamsee, it not the bracketing which is of consequence, for his main pre-occupation
is with the form, volume , space, time, & colour. He is very conscious of every mark that he makes; the process of creation is one of contemplation and articulation of thoughts and ideas. 





1945,49  Received a degree in Fine Arts from Sir J.J. School of Arts, Bombay





2004       Lalit Kala Ratna, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 

1998       Bank of India Excellence Award 

1997,98  Kalidas Samman 

1969,70  Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship 

1967       Artist - in - Residence, Stout State University, Wisconsin 

1965       J.D. Rockefeller III. Fund Fellowship, U.S.A 





2013   'Confluence des Arts'  a group show of 100 artists at Gallery Artchill, Amber Fort, jaipur. 

2012    2011-12 'The Body Unbound', Rubin Museum of Art, New York.

2012    'Gallery Collection', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi.

2012    'Rewind , Review ... ', Gallery Threshold, New Delhi. 

2012    'Contemporary: A Selection of Modern and Contemporary Art', prsented by Sakshi Gallery at The Park, Chennai.

2011     'Form and Formlessness', Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon. 

2011     'States of Departure: Progressives to Present Day', Aicon Gallery, London. 

2011     'POP: Progressives on Paper', Aicon Gallery, New York.

2011     'Masterclass', Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi.

2010     'Body Parts', The Loft, Mumbai.

2010      Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai.

2010      'Figure/Landscape - Part One', Aicon Gallery, New York. 

2010      'The Progressives & Associates', Grosvenor Gallery, London. 

2010      'Black and White', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai.

2010      'From Miniature to Modern: Traditions in Transition', Rob Dean Art, London in association with Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai. 

2010      'Black is Beautiful', India Fine Art, Mumbai. 

2010      'Masters of Maharashtra', collection from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi at Piramal Gallery,  National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai.

2009      'Bharat Ratna! Jewels of Modern Indian Art', Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

2009      'Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia &Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin', Emile Lowe Gallery, Hempstead.

2009      'Sacred and Secular', India Fine Art, Mumbai. 

2009      'Think Small', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi. 

2009      'Progressive to Alter modern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art', Grosvenor Gallery,

2008      ‘Sensitive Surfaces’, Galerie Helene Lamarque, Paris.

2008      'Faces', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai. 

2008      ‘Freedom 2008 – Sixty Years of Indian Independence’, Centre for International Modern Art  (CIMA), Kolkata. 

2007,08  ‘India Art Now: Between Continuity and Transformation’, Province of Milan, Milan, Italy.

2007       ‘Metascape to Humanscape’, Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto.

2007       ‘Winter Show’, Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto.

2006        Photographs, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, India.

2006        Metascape to Humanscape’, Aicon Gallery, New York. 

2006        Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA) Gallery, Kolkata. 

2006        ‘Shadow Lines’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi. 

2006        'Drawing Show an Act of Art II', Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai.

2005        Gallery Threshold and the French Embassy in India, Delhi, India.

2005        Contemporary Indian Art, Nehru Center, London, UK. 

2005        Threshold Art Gallery, New Delhi, India.

2004        Retrospective of Watercolors, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, India.

2004        Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, India.

1992        Art Heritage, New Delhi, India. 

1992        Sanskriti Art Gallery, Calcutta, India.

1991        National Exposition of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Modern Art,
New Delhi, India.

1982       Contemporary Indian Art, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK.

1981       India: Myth and Reality - Aspects of Modern Indian Art, Museum of Modern Art,
Oxford, UK.  

1980       Retrospective of works organized by Art Heritage Delhi and Mumbai, India.

1967       Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada.

1960       Painting in Grey, Gallery '59, Bombay, India.

1959       Tokyo Biennale, Tokyo, Japan.

1958       Seven Indian Painters, Gallery One, London, UK.





Ministry of Cultural and Scientific Affairs, New Delhi. 

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. 

Jehangir Nicholson Museum Mumbai. 

Art Heritage, New Delhi. Deutsche Bank, Mumbai. 

Glenbarra Art Museum Hemeji. 

Pheroza and Jamshyd Godrej Collection. 

Ajay Lakhanpal Collection, Mumbai. 

Solang Padmsee Family Collection, Paris. 

Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai. 

Ursula Volmer-Hoffmann Collection, Germany.