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Rajendra Dhawan View Artworks of Rajendra Dhawan Back to Artist

Rajendra Dhawan was born in 1936. He studied at the Delhi College of Art from 1953-58; from 1964-66 he studied at Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He had founded a group — "The Unknown" which held shows from 1960-64. In Europe he has had exhibitions in Luxembourg, Germany, Norway, Belgrade, and at the Gallery Haut-Pave, Paris.

Rajendra Dhawan’s style has a very different strand - subtlety brought out of the minimal. Unlike the cool, western Minimalist ways, his delves into the understated emotive pitch. The expansive stretches of on apparently indistinct and restricted pigments coexist there with rough, abbreviated linear strokes. Between the blurred, as though coarsely scraped surfaces and the lines which nervously shape up to dissolve again, finely nuanced notations arise where intimate feelings come in touch with intuitions from external phenomena.

His work is represented in several collections in India and France , including the National Gallery of Modern Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, Bharat Bhavan Museum and National Foundation of Contemporary Art , Paris. He lived and worked in Paris since 1970.

Rajendra Dhawan passed away in 2012.


  1960-62 Belgrade Institute of Art

  1953-1958 Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris  



Selected Solo Exhibitions  

  2011 Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

  2006 Aryan Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2005 Bodhi Art Gallery, New Delhi, Singapore, Mumbai

  2004 Gallery White Elephant, Paris

  2002 Talwar Gallery, New York

  2001 Gallery Seven, Mumbai

  1998 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1995 Galerie L’lf, Elne, France

  1994 Gallery Phillippe Bouakia, Paris

  1993 Gallery La Pardalere, Nantes

  1990 Gallery Francois, Paris

  1988 Eine Gallery La Pardalare

  1981 Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

  1974 Gallery due Haut-Pave, Paris and Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1973 Gallery Horn, Luxembourg

  1972 Gallery du Haut-Pave, Paris

  1968 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi and Gallery Pundole, Mumbai

  1968 Gallery Silpi Chakra, New Delhi

 1964 ‘The Unknown’, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

Selected Group Exhibitions  

  2012 'One Eye Sees, the Other Feels', The Viewing Room, Mumbai

  2011 'The Lost Sparrow', presented by Gallery Threshold at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2010 'Besides Paris', Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

 2009 'Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London

  2009 'Deep In Black', Galerie Muller and Plate, Munich

  2002 Five Indian Painters, France

  1996 Six Biennale des Art Competition

  1995 Three Biennale des Gravures, Bhopal

  1994 Realites Nouvelles, Paris

  1994 FIAC, Paris

  1993 Galerie Anti-Reflet, Nantes, France

  1992 Sens ‘A Voix Basse Galerie Le Temps de Voir Salons

  1991 Paravents Galerie Le Temps de Voir Salons

  1991 Salon Decouverte, Paris

  1990 Galerie Francois Mitaine, Paris

  1989 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1989 Galerie Dhoomimal, New Delhi

  1989 Galerie du Haut-Pave, Paris

  1989 ‘Artistes Indiens a Paris’, Galerie du Cygne, France

  1988 Galerie Galerie La Pardalere, Elne, France

  1985 ‘Artists Indiensen France’, Center National des Arts Plastique, Paris

  1987 35 Aniversary de la Galerie du Haut-Pav’e, Gallery du Cygne, Paris

  1975 Galerie Horn, Luxembourg

  1973 Cite Internationale dos Arts

  1973 Galerie Horn, Luxembourg

  1972-73 Paris Cite Internationals dos Arts Plastiques

  1971 ‘Dix Peintres’, Paris

  1970 Gallery Triveni, New Delhi

  1969 Galerie Kunika, New Delhi

  1968 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1965 ‘Cinq PeintresIndiens’, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Belgrade

  1964 ‘Exposition de Painters IndiensOrganisee par L, Ambassade des EtatsUnis a’ Roosevelt’s House

  1960 ‘Nine Painters’, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

  1958 ‘Seven Painters’, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi


 2008-09 ‘Expanding Horizons: Contemporary Indian Art’, Travelling Exhibition presented by Bodhi Art at Ravinder Natya Mandir, P.L.Despande Kala Academy Art Gallery, Mumbai; Sant DyaneshwarNatyaSankul Art Gallery, Amravati; Platinum Jubilee Hall, Nagpur; TapadiaNatya Mandir Sports Hall, Aurangabad; HirachandNemchandVachanalay’s, Solapur; Acharya VidyanandSanskrutik Bhavan, Kolhapur; PGSR Sabhagriha, SNDT, Pune; SarvajanikVachanalaya Hall, Nasik

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