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Sohan Qadri was born in Chachoki,, Punjab in 1932. A painter and Graphic Artist, he secured a Diploma in Fine Arts from Govt. College of Arts (Simla). He lives and worked in Copenhagen ( Denmark) for 30 years. He got a French Govt. Fellowship for the period 1966-67, received the National Award in 1968. He has had more than 30 solo shows in India and abroad. The artist’s works have been represented in National Gallery of Modern Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, State Museum (Chandigarh) and many museums abroad.

 

Sohan Qadri ,a Netherlands based painter of India’s origin was a fine imagist and master colourist working on special paper. He was known for creating Tantrik images though he did not confine himself to tantra and frequently came out with engaging forms that lured the viewer both with engaging form and very vibrant colours. Forever innovative, he breaks his own bounds and came out with surprising new works every time.

 

Combining spirituality and art, Sohan Qadri invokes a vision of meditative tranquillity through vibrant motifs in his paintings. Often eschewing conventional paint mediums, Qadri is known to create ink and dye works on paper that evoke the rich colours of his birthplace, India. The Copenhagen-based artist was introduced to yogic practices at the young age of seven. His early years spent in India, where he met and was influenced by two wandering mystics, informed his aesthetics and later work. His paintings are an amalgamation of Tantric imagery and late modernist minimalism, earning him the title of the “Tantric yogi artist” from Francis Newton Souza, one of India’s leading Modernists.

 

The artist passed away in Toronto in 2011.

 

Education  

  1955-60 Master of Fine Arts, Government College of Art, Simla

Exhibitions  

Selected Posthumous Exhibitions  

  2017 'Tantra', Art Konsult, New Delhi

  2015 ‘Being There’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

  2015 Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

  2014 Summer Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong, New York

  2014 Summer Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

  2013 ‘Inside Out’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong, New York

  2013 'Beyond Canvas: Paintings on Paper and Metal', with Nathan Slate Joseph at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

  2013 'Edge of Reason- and beyond, into pure creativity', presented by Indian Art Circle at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  2012 'Synergy 2012', 12th Anniversary Show, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2012 ‘Confluence: Sohan Qadri - Zhang Yu’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

Selected Solo Exhibitions  

  2010 Sohan Qadri, ‘Drishti: A New Vision’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

  2009 ‘Prakriti: Contemporary Indian Art’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Beverley Hills

  2009 Sohan Qadri, ‘Seer: The Art of Sohan’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

  2006 Sohan Qadri: An Exhibition of Work in Gallery II, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

  2005 Sohan Qadri, ‘The Dot and the Dots’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

  2005 ‘Next Level’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

  2004 Sohan Qadri, ‘Dissolving Contours’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

  2004 Sohan Qadri, ‘Invocation’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions  

  2012 ‘Spectrum: East/West/Beyond’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery

  2011 ‘Continuum’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

  2011 ‘Constellation’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

  2011 ‘Facing East: Contemporary Asian Art’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

 2010 ‘Rasa: Contemporary Asian Art’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

  2010 ‘The Reason for Hope: Group Show’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

  2009 Summer Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Beverley Hills

  2009 ‘Here & Now: Group Show’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

  2008 ‘In Your Mind’s Eye: An Asian Group Show’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

  2008 ‘Dimensions of Color: An Asian Group Show’, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York

 2008 Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Beverley Hills

Joint Exhibitions  

  2012 'Confluence' with Zhang Yu at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

 

Honours and Awards

  1982 I.A.P.A.A. Award, Toronto

  1968 Award in Painting, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

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