Top Indian Artists

  • Akbar Padamsee

    Akbar Padamsee born in the year 1928, in Bombay (Mumbai), Maharashtra. He occupies the dais with the likes of Souza, Tyeb, Raza and M F Hussain as the pioneers of Modern Indian Art. His subjects range from landscapes, p.. Read More....

  • Alwar Balasubramaniam

    Alwar Balasubramaniam is an artist who ignores boundaries and defies the preconceived notion of an artist. Born in Nellai, Tamil Nadu in the year 1971, Balasubramaniam V received his Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts in 1995 from the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Chennai. From the very beginning of his career, his work was highly appreciat.. Read More....

  • Amit Ambalal

    Amit Ambalal was born in 1943 in Ahmedabad and has had no formal training in art. Following a childhood dream of painting, he trained under Chaganlal Jadav, an artist and teacher of repute. He belonged to a prosperous business family and after his graduation in arts, commerce and then law; he took over the textile business from his father. Ambal.. Read More....

  • Amitava Das

    Amitava Das was born in New Delhi in the year 1947 and was raised in Shimla. He studied drawing and painting at the Delhi College of Art, New Delhi from 1965-72. In 1974 he took up the job of a lecturer at the Art Institute of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He was also a visiting lecturer at the College of Art and Women’s Polytechnic, Ne.. Read More....

  • Anita Dube

    Anita Dube started out as an art historian and critic before she became an artist. Born in Lucknow in 1958, she graduated in history from Delhi University in 1979. In 1982 she completed her masters in Art Criticism from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the MS University, Baroda. Dube has exhibited widely in exhibitions in India and abroad. She has he.. Read More....

  • Anjolie Ela Menon

    Anjolie, one of the leading female Indian contemporary artists, is known as a maverick in the art world. She refuses to conform, and her body of work is testimony to the fact tha.. Read More....

  • Anju Dodiya

    Anju Dodiya uses a visual language that is autobiographical. Born in 1964 in Mumbai, the artist received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the Sir JJ School of Arts, Mumbai. Anju is considered to be one of the most important contemporary Indian artists today. She has exhibited in major galleries in India .. Read More....

  • Arpita Singh

    Arpita Singh’ paintings are vibrant and energetic; her work is dominated by blues and pinks and pulsates with life. Arpita born in Bara Nagar, now a part of Bangladesh, in the year 1937 received her education from the Delhi Polytechnic. She passed out with a Diploma in Fine Arts in 1959. After her graduation, she took on a job with the Cot.. Read More....

  • Atul Dodiya

    Atul Dodiya was born in 1959 and he works and resides in Mumbai. Dodiya began his profession in 1988 with a sequence of modest canvases of the surroundings of the common people as well as architecture of little cities. He was enthralled by his personal aptitude to reconstruct sights as he saw them and gradually achieved perfection over the field.. Read More....

  • Benode Behari Mukherjee

    Benode Behari Mukherjee was born in the year 1904, in West Bengal. A recipient of the Padma Vibhushan award from the Indian Government, he died at the age of 76 in the year 1980. Belonging to a family that believed in the value of education, Benode however was not destined to receive formal schooling. He was affected with visual impairment from .. Read More....

  • Bhupen Khakhar

    Born in the year 1934 in Bombay, Khakhar started his career as a painter rather late in life. He qualified as a chartered accountant before moving to Baroda to take up a course in Art Criticism at the Faculty of Fine Arts. The painter is largely self- trained and shows a certain irreverence and lack of inhibition in his work. He mounted solo exh.. Read More....

  • Bikash Bhattacharjee

    Bikash Bhattacharjee lives and works in Kolkata. His work is the combination of compassion and astounding scientific ability making it appear overstated and alluring with a super-real touch to it. Bikash has a reputation for his amazing prowess to convey the internal meaning of his themes and he says that his work is the compound of outlooks and.. Read More....

  • Biren De

    Biren De is a pioneer of modernist art in India. Born in the year 1926, in East Bengal, Biren De started studying Fine Art in 1944 from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata. He left the college without picking up his diploma in 1949 while still in his final year. In the same year he received a commission to make a mural at the Delh.. Read More....

  • Bose Krishnamachari

    Bose Krishnamachari was born in the year 1963 at Angamaly, in the Indian state of Kerala. In 1991 he received his Diploma in Art from Kerala Kalapeetham in Cochin and then went to Mumbai in 1986 to join the Sir JJ School of Art.  He graduated in the year 1991with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art. In the year 2000 Bose received a Charle.. Read More....

  • C Douglas

    C Douglas was born in Kerala in the year 1951. He joined the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Madras graduating in 1976 with a Diploma in Painting. South India at this point of time was undergoing an artist movement and Douglas had the opportunity to interact with many famous artists during his stint at the college. By the end of his forma.. Read More....

  • Dharmanarayan Dasgupta

    Dharmanarayan Dasgupta was born in 1939 in Tripura. His father was employed by the Maharaja of Tripura and the job required a lot of movement within the state. This life exposed Dasgupta to a variety of influences at a very early age. He later joined Kala Bhavan at Shanti Niketan and graduated from there with a diploma in art in the year 1961. <.. Read More....

  • Francis Newton Souza

    Francis Newton Souza was one of the first Indian artists to be recognized internationally. Born a rebel and a non- conformist, his paintings reflect his attitude. He was one of the founding members of the Progressive Artists’ Group in 1947 in Bombay, including like-minded artists like M.F. Hussain, S.H.Raza and K.H.Ara, who tried to break .. Read More....

  • G Ravinder Reddy

    G Ravinder Reddy is a famous contemporary artist who specializes in sculpture. Born in Suryapet, Andhra Pradesh in the year 1956, Reddy received his education in Fine Arts from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, specializing in sculptors. Later he did a diploma from Goldsmiths College of Arts, followed by a diploma in ceramics from The Royal.. Read More....

  • Ganesh Pyne

    Ganesh Pyne was born in Calcutta in the year 1937. Drawing and sketching were his passions from childhood. It was but natural for him to join the Government College of Art and Craft in Calcutta after completing his schooling. He graduated in the year 1959 with a diploma in drawing and painting. His style of painting bears the influence of the a.. Read More....

  • Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh

    Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh, a recipient of the Padma Shri, is not only a painter. He is a poet, a teacher and a historian. He has also had a number of publications on art history and has written critiques on prose and poetry. The impressions from his early life, the stories narrated to him as a child, the myths he heard were first expressed in the f.. Read More....

  • J Sultan Ali

    J Sultan Ali was born in Bombay in the year 1920. He was an artist who defied classification and sought to develop his own pictorial language. Sultan Ali refused to be restricted within the confines of the rules laid down by European artists, finding it too formal and detached from life. Art for him was ‘bliss’ and had to reflect the.. Read More....

  • Jagdish Swaminathan

    Jagdish Swaminathan was born in Shimla in the year 1928. In the late 40’s he became associated with the Communist Party of India and worked as a journalist for the Left magazines. Swaminathan’s presence in the art circles of the capital was established through his work as an art critic and a theoretician of art. It was only in the la.. Read More....

  • Jayashree Chakravarty

    Jayashree Chakravarty, born in the year 1956, in Tripura, received her education from Shantiniketan. She graduated from the Vishwa Bharati University, Shantiniketan in 1978. This was followed by a Post-graduate diploma from the M.S.University, Baroda, in 1980. In 1982 Jayashree received a Canadian grant to study art. Jayashree later migrated to .. Read More....

  • Jehangir Sabavala

    Jehangir Sabavala, the ‘gentleman painter’ grew up in a highly intellectual environment of Mumbai’s Parsee aristocracy. He passed away in 2011, at the age of 89. A giant on the scene of Indian art, he had a career that spanned more than 60 years. Jehangir studied at some of the best art colleges in the world. In 1944 he recei.. Read More....

  • Jitish Kallat

    Jitish Kallat was born in the year 1974 in Mumbai. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai in 1996, specializing in painting. Kallat is also a writer on art and mainly contributes articles on Contemporary Indian Art, many of which have been published in art journals, exhibition catalogues and th.. Read More....

  • Jogen Chowdhury

    Jogen Chowdhury works and resides in Shantiniketan. The majority of his paintings are positioned against a dark setting and the figures are indistinct and sketched without any restraint. The outlines of the arms and legs as well as other parts of the body are so supple that they presume the most difficult and unfeasible poses and stances, the to.. Read More....

  • Jyoti Bhatt

    Jyoti Bhatt was born in the Indian state of Gujarat, in Bhavnagar in the year 1934. He is one of India’s well-known artists and has been involved in painting, printmaking and photography. He was one of the founder members of the Centre of Photography, Baroda. Affectionately referred to as Jyotibhai, he received a Diploma in painting and gr.. Read More....

  • K Laxma Goud

    K Laxma Goud was born in Nizamabad, Andhra- Pradesh and he resides and works in Hyderabad. Early in life, Goud figured that painting was his specialty therefore he started to test with the aesthetic facade of engraving as well as dark line. He is a phenomenal artist and is absolutely outstanding at drawing. Goud’s initial works are grave a.. Read More....

  • Kalapthi Ganapathi Subramanyan

    Kalapthi Ganapathi Subramanyan was born in 1924 in Kerala and lives and works in Baroda. Subramanyan’s range of styles is extensive. As an artist, Subramanyan does not believe in being restricted by boundaries. He is credited with blending a number of mediums which were used in Indian art such as glass painting and terracotta, thereby infu.. Read More....

  • Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar

    KK Hebbar was born in 1911 at Kattingeri in Karnataka and he died in 1996 in Mumbai. He reacted with fervor to novel artistic liberties close to the time of India’s independence and also welcomed the subjects and practices of the frescoes of Ajanta as well as the themes from Mughal, Jain and Rajput miniature canvases. KK Hebbar like the ot.. Read More....

  • Krishen Khanna

    Krishen Khanna is one of the more distinguished names in the contemporary Indian art scenario. He was born in the year 1925 in Faisalabad, Pakistan. He grew up in Lahore, before moving to Shimla with his family, after the partition of Pakistan and India in 1947. The events of the partition had a deep impact on Khanna and some of his earliest pai.. Read More....

  • Manjit Bawa

    Manjit Bawa as a youthful artist, like many of his generation, searched for a language which was both deeply entrenched in native folklore as well as was contemporary at the same time. The amalgamation of the impact of pahari miniature paintings and a meticulous guidance in serigraphy was the answer to his hunt. The pahari works depended upon cr.. Read More....

  • Maqbool Fida Hussain

    Maqbool Fida Husain was born in1915 at Pandharpur, Maharashtra and he died in 2011 London, England. His career has spanned a number of decades. He died, literally with his boots on though he is remembered more as the barefoot painter. His energy, vivacity and eccentric lifestyle ensured that he stayed in the news. Husain, as he was simply called.. Read More....

  • Mehlli Gobhai

    Mehlli Gobhai was born in 1931 in the city of Mumbai. After completing his graduation from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, he went to study art at the Royal College of Art, London and then onto the Pratt Graphic Centre and the Art Students League, New York. He lived and worked in New York for over 20 years, returning to Mumbai in the late 19.. Read More....

  • Nalini Malani

    Nalini Malani is one of the most brilliant contemporary artists of India. Born in 1946, in Karachi, Pakistan, her family moved to India after the Partition of India. She joined the JJ School of Art in Bombay and trained as a painter. As a student she maintained a studio where artists, musicians, theatre artists and dancers worked individually an.. Read More....

  • Narayan Shridhar Bendre

    Bendre’s paintings customized the altering fashions in European art with his Indian themes and he was one of the initial Indian modernists. Over the many years he painted romantic pictures of the lives of rural people and scenic landscapes as he traveled across the country. He embraced expressionism, impressionism, pointillism as well as c.. Read More....

  • Navjot Altaf

    Navjot Altaf lives and works in Mumbai and Bastar, in Central India, where she also maintains a studio. Born in the year 1949, in Meerut, Navjot graduated in Fine and Applied Arts from the Sir JJ School of Arts, Mumbai. Since 1973 she has had exhibitions in India, Germany and New York and has been invited to participate in major national and int.. Read More....

  • NS Harsha

    NS Harsha was born in Mysore in the year 1969.  He did his graduation in Fine Arts, specializing in painting and graduated in 1992 from CAVA in Mysore. He received his Master’s degree in painting in 1995 from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda. He lives and works in Mysore and is represented in London by the Victoria Miro.. Read More....

  • Prabhakar Barwe

    Prabhakar Barwe’s paintings are insightful as they depict dissimilar items hovering in space. Intangible visual effects are created which are isolated and uprooted from their perspective like a half buried leaf, a pendulum clock ticking time, the remains of a postal mark and a snail creeping away at its own slow pace.


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  • Prabhakar M Kolte

    Prabhakar M Kolte was born in Nerur Par in Maharashtra and graduated with a Diploma in painting from the Sir J.J. School of Art in 1968. After completing his course, he freelanced as an artist and illustrator for four years. In 1974, he joined his alma mater as a teacher and spent twenty-two years there working under Shankar Palsikar, to whom Ko.. Read More....

  • Ram Kumar

    Ram Kumar was born in the year 1924, in Shimla, and is one of the most brilliant contemporary Indian artists. He obtained his Masters Degree in economics from the St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. Ram Kumar took painting classes from The Sharda Vakil School of Art, and in 1949, went to Paris to study painting. The energy and vibrancy of the ci.. Read More....

  • Rameshwar Broota

    Rameshwar Broota works and lives in New Delhi. He studied at the Delhi College of Art and graduated in 1964. He was highly motivated by nomadic manual workers, who gathered in the city to earn their livelihood and thus started with making desolate pictures of withered men who appear beleaguered with misery and they cling to one another for reass.. Read More....

  • Ramkinkar Baij

    Energy and exuberance are typical of Ramkinkar’s paintings and monumental sculptures. He has gained immense popularity in modern Indian art for ignoring convention and developing an unusual expression; he is also amongst the earliest artists of Shantiniketan to start using oil paint. He always said that he didn’t know whether what h.. Read More....

  • Ranbir Singh Kaleka

    Ranbir Singh Kaleka was born in Patiala, Punjab in the year 1953. He studied painting at the College of Art, Punjab University in Chandigarh and received his Diploma in 1975. He took up a teaching assignment in the university and taught there till 1977. He then moved to the College of Art, New Delhi in 1980. In 1985 Kaleka headed for London with.. Read More....

  • Sakti Burman

    Burman’s rearing has a glaring impact on his art work and legends and myths added value to it like in most Bengali family circles. It is no happenstance that the affluently festooned Noah’s Ark in his “Dreamers on the Ark” (1998) reminds you of the fabled Mayurpankhi of the Indian folk story. Reverberations of the memoirs.. Read More....

  • Satish Gujral

    Satish was born in Jhelum, Punjab in 1925. He resides and works now in New Delhi. Gujral went to the Mayo School of Art in Lahore and he is deaf since the time he was a child. It was here that he trained in wood and stone carving, clay shaping and metal working. He is a multifaceted artist as he is a muralist, interior designer, an architect and.. Read More....

  • Sayed Haider Raza

    Sayed Haider Raza born in the year 1922, in central Madhya Pradesh, lives and works in Paris. He had his first solo exhibition in 1946 at Bombay Art Society, where he won the silver medal. The last years of the decade of the 40’s saw him deal with a lot of personal tragedy. He lost his mother in 1947, followed by the migration of most of h.. Read More....

  • Sheba Chhachhi

    Sheba Chhachhi is an activist, a photographer, an installation artist and a writer. She was born in Hrar, Ethiopia in the year 1958 and completed her education from Delhi University. She then went on to the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. In the 80’s Sheba built up a formidable body of work as a documental photographer .. Read More....

  • Sheela Gowda

    Sheela Gowda was born in Bhdravati, the state of Karnataka in 1957. Gowda received her diploma in painting from the Ken School of Art, Bangalore in 1979. She did a short stint at the M.S. University in Baroda before she left for Shantiniketan where she did her post-diploma in painting at the Vishwa Bharti University and passed out in 1982. She r.. Read More....

  • Shilpa Gupta

    Shilpa Gupta, born in the year 1976, lives and works in Mumbai. She studied sculpture at the Sir JJ School of Fine Arts graduating in 1997. Shilpa employs a multimedia approach to her art. She uses interactive video, websites, photographs, sound and objects.

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  • SomnathHore

    Somnath Hore was born in Chittagong, East Bengal in 1921 and currently works and lives in Santiniketan. Hore started his profession as a painter of political placards when he was a constituent of the communist party. His works depict an early fascination in shapes and since he was actively occupied in reinforcement works, he was enthused to make.. Read More....

  • Subba Ghosh

    Subba Ghosh was born in New Delhi in 1964. He graduated in 1984 from the College of Art, New Delhi with a degree in Fine Arts, specializing in painting. Thereafter, he did a three year stint (1984-87) in Moscow at the Surikov Institute of Fine Arts. On his return to India he pursued a Masters Degree in Fine Arts (painting) from the College of Ar.. Read More....

  • Subodh Gupta

    Subodh Gupta was born in 1964 in Khagaul, Bihar. He studied at the College of Art in Patna from 1983- 1988. He initially trained as a painter and then went on to experimenting with varied media. His work includes sculpture, installation, photography, video and performance. Presently he lives and works in New Delhi.

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  • Sudhir Patwardhan

    Sudhir Patwardhan, a radiologist by profession, lives and works in Thane, Mumbai. He was born in Pune, Maharashtra in the year 1949 and obtained his medical degree in the year 1972 from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. An important part of the Indian contemporary art scene, he held his first solo exhibition in 1979 at Art Heritage, New De.. Read More....

  • Tyeb Mehta

    Tyeb Mehta is a renowned artist who spent most of his life in Mumbai. He commenced his career as a film editor in a cinema laboratory. His fascination with art took him to the JJ School of Art in Mumbai from where he graduated at the age of 27 in 1952. Tyeb was also a member of the Progressive Artists Group, which included other great artists li.. Read More....

  • Vasudeo S Gaitonde

    Vasudeo Gaitonde was born in Nagpur and his work was downright conceptual. He studied at the JJ School of Art in Bombay. He created symbolic art in the Jain miniature and Basholi fashion. At this phase of his life, he interacted with the Bombay Group and exhibited his works with high profile artists like Shankar Palsikar and KK Hebbar. Earlier h.. Read More....

  • Vivan Sundaram

    Vivan Sundaram, one of India’s leading artists, was born in the year 1943, in Shimla. He did his schooling from The Doon School, Dehradun. Sundaram graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda, in 1965 and followed it up with a Diploma from the Slade School, London, in 1968 on a Commonwealth Scholarship. In London, Sundar.. Read More....

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