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S.G. Vasudev View Artworks of S.G. Vasudev Back to Artist

Born in Mysore, Karnataka in 1941, SG Vasudev received recognition as an artist relatively early. He was still a student, studying at the Government College of Art, Madras when he was awarded a National Scholarship by the government of India in 1964. He subsequently received a National Award from the All India Lalit Kala Akademi in 1967.


Working with a variety of mediums including drawings, paintings and reliefs in copper, SG Vasudev’s art become a point of intersection of arts and traditional crafts as he uses intricate material and techniques from the rich repository of Indian crafts’ to create magnificent artworks that are quintessentially Indian in in their look and sensibility and exude a dramatic quality and a sort of a grandeur.


He is most well known for his ‘Vriksha’ or ‘Tree of Life’ series which evolved over a decade and eventually culminated into the Tree of Life and Death in the latter half of the 1980’s. The artist later explored the theme of ‘Maithuna’ which essentially means the union between the female and thee male principles – the prakriti and the purusha – that exist in nature, in sort of yin yang fusion of being. SG Vasudev bought to life the essence of man -woman relationship through a series of drawings, paintings and copper reliefs using contrasting forms and colours. Eventually, his trees grew into faces title ‘Humanscapes’ and ‘Earthscapes’.


SG Vasudev has participated in a number of prestigious group exhibitions in India and abroad. His works are represented in a number of individual, institutional and corporate collections in India and overseas. The artist has also executed a number of murals in different media. Vasudev has also been the art director for two award winning Kanna films.


He has been felicitated by a number of prestigious awards including those instituted by India’s National Academy of Art, the State Academies of Art in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and the Government of Karnataka.


SG Vasudev is a founder member of the Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Madras where he lived and worked till 1989. He now lives and works in Bangalore.





  1964-68 Diploma in Fine Arts, Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai

  1964 -66 Cultural Scholarship, Government of India


Selected Solo Exhibitions

  2010-11 'Recollections Reconnections', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  2008 'Past Forward', Ganges Art Gallery, Bangalore

  2008 'She', organized by Crimson Art Resource at Hatworks Boulevard, Bangalore

  2007 'Past Forward', Lanxess Art Gallery, Vadodara; Gallery 88, Kolkata; Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai; Kochi

  2006 'Past Forward', Jehangir Art Gallery; Gallery Beyond, Mumbai; Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore

  2004 Durbar Hall Art Gallery, Kochi

  1994 Hyderabad

  1983 Germany

  1977 Canada

  1977 USA

  1968,69,72,76,78,98,99 New Delhi

  1968 Dharwar

  1967,68,69,75,91,93,97,99 Chennai

  1967,69,71,74,90,92,93,96,99 Mumbai

  1966,67,68,74,76,89,91,92,93,95,96,99 Bangalore


Selected Group Exhibitions

  2011 'Agape', Hacienda Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2010 'The Living Insignia', Gallery Ensign, New Delhi

  2010 'A. SYCO', The Viewing Room, Mumbai

  2009 'The Root of Everything', Gallery Mementos, Bangalore

  2008 'Tales, Reflection and Constructs', Galerie 88, Kolkata

  2008 'On High Ground Of Indian Art : Eastern And Southern Dimensions', Ganges Art Gallery, Bangalore

  1995 Exhibition-Auction, Save the Children, Mumbai

  1993 'Wounds', Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1989 'Spirit of Freedom', Contemporary Indian Art Exposition, Hyderabad

  1988 10 Chennai Artists, Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai

  1987,91 Exhibition-Auction, Helpage India, Mumbai

  1978 40 Artists of Chennai, British Council, Chennai

  1977 National Gallery of Modern Art, USA

  1973 Exhibition of Cholamandal Artists' Works, Goethe Institute, Pune

  1972 Contemporary Miniatures, Progressive Painters' Association, Chennai & Mumbai

  1969 18 Indian Painters, Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata

  1967 'Contemporary Indian Art', Norway, Denmark, Belgium

  1970-98 Other Major Group Exhibitions in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Goa


  2012 'Art for Humanity', Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

  2008 'Moderns', Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan

  2004 'Manifestations II : Indian Art in the Twentieth Century', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1996 Anniversary Exhibition, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1996 Anniversary Exhibition, Surya Gallery, Hyderabad

  1996 'Harmony Show', Nehru Centre, Mumbai

  1995 Anniversary Exhibition, Gallery 88, Kolkata

  1993 Anniversary Exhibition, Gallery Ganesh, New Delhi

  1988 Festival of India, Japan

  1986 II Biennale, Cuba

  1972 '25 Years of Indian Art', Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1968 Paris Biennale, France

  1965,72 All India Exhibition of Art, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

  1965-67,77,79,80 State Art Exhibition, Tamil Nadu Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai

  1965-68,72,74-79 National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1964,65,79 State Art Exhibition, Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy, Bangalore

  1972,74,76,86,88 International Exhibition of Drawings, Yugoslavia

  1996 The New South: Contemporary Painting & Sculpture from South India, UK




Honours and Awards


  1994 Karnataka Rajyotsava Award, Bangalore

  1988 State Award, Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy, Bangalore

  1967 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1965,79 Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy

  1965,77,79 Tamil Nadu Lalit Kala Academy

  1964-66 Government of India Cultural Scholarship for Painting


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