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Sudhir Patwardhan View Artworks of Sudhir Patwardhan Back to Artist

Born in 1949 in the city of Pune , Sudhir Patwardhan is a self taught artist and a practicing radiologist. He began painting seriously in the 70’s when he shifted to Mumbai.

His works depict dosicetal ccocnerns by exploring the dynamics of interconnectedness between human beings and their einviornment. Sudhir Patwardhan explore different facets of urban existence in his works and the city of Mumbai features prominently in his works. The human figure rmeians the centre of his painterly universe. This human figure in turn is surrounded by their natural environment. His early paintings depict people living on the margins of society such as rickshaw pullers and railway porters.

Sudhir Patwardhan uses scale to maintain an emotional distance from his subject. Recoridng landscapes in transition have been lasting inetrest for him. His emphasis is on the ordinary working people of various suburbs, shanty towns and satellite townships of India. Another aspect to his works is that his subjects are always imbued with a kind of dignity. He never exoticises or fetishises his subjects for the sake of artistic self expression. His depiction of his subjects in always controlled, sensitive as they go about performing their chores in busy city sreets or in suburban construction sites.

He held his first solo exhibition of paintings in Delhi at the famous theatre personality E.Alkazi`s art gallery Art Heritage in 1979.Since then, he has exhibited his works at numerous solo and group shows in both India and abroad.

Sudhir Patwardhan curated an exhibition of Indian Contemporary Art ‘Expanding Horizons’ which travelled around Maharashtra. He also curated a show at Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai and Sudarshan Art Gallery, Pune.

His paintings are in many public and private collections including The National of Modern Art, New Delhi; Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi; Punjab University Museum, Chandigarh; Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal; Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kochi; Peabody Essex Museum, Mass. USA. and the Herwitz Family Collection, USA.

Sudhir Patwardhan lives and works in Mumbai.


  Self -Taught

  1967-72 Graduated in Medicine from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune




Selected Solo Exhibitions

  2018 'Sudhir Patwardhan: Select works 1970 to 2018', Roopankar Museum, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

  2016 'Line by Line', Galerie 88, Kolkata

  2012 'Route Maps', The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai  2011 'Family Fiction', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2007-08 ‘Citing The City’, Traveling Exhibition at Sakshi Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Gallerie 88, Kolkata; Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi and Red Earth Gallery, Vadodara

  2004 India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2004 ABC Gallery, Vadodara

  2004 Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2002 Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2002 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2001 Sakshi Gallery, Bengaluru

  1999 Design Centre, Thane, Maharashtra

  1999 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1999 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1995 Gallery Chemould, Kolkata

  1994 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1994 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1992 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1990 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1989 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1988 Pokharan, Thane, Maharashtra

  1984 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1979 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1979 Art Heritage, New Delhi

Selected Group Exhibitions

  2015 'Remembering Bhupen', Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara

  2014 'Sacred / Scared', Latitude 28 Gallery, New Delhi

  2013 'Still Life', Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi

  2013 'ZONES OF CONTACT: Propositions on the Museum', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi

  2012 'Social Fabric', presented by Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) at Rivington Place; Londs Konsthall, London

  2012 'On Line', Gallery Le Sutra, Mumbai

  2012 'Small is Beautiful', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2011 'Rekhavishkar 1 & 2' (The Art of Drawing), The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2011 'Narrations, Quotations & Commentaries', Grosvenor Gallery, London

  2010-11 'Figure/Landscape: Part Two', Aicon Gallery, London

  2010 Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

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

  2010 'Freedom to March: Rediscovering Gandhi through Dandi', presented by Ojas Art at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  2010 'Earth', Gallery OED (Open Eyed Dreams), Kochi

  2010-11 'Writing Visuals', The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata; W + K Exp, New Delhi

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

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

  2009 'Tracing Time', Bodhi Art, Mumbai

  2008 'Santhal Family: Positions Around an Indian Sculpture', in association with Bodhi Art, and supported by the British Council, Kunststiftung NRW and the Provence of Antwerp at Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (MuKHA), Belgium

  2008 'Multiple Modernities: India, 1905-2005', Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA

  2007 ‘Horn Please: Narratives in Contemporary Indian Art’, Kusntmuseum Bern, Switzerland

  2007 ‘Faces of Indian Art’, Art Alive Gallery at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2007 Inaugural show, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2007 ‘Art on the Wing’ Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara

  2007 ‘Celebration’ Project 88, Mumbai

  2007 ‘Greenscape’ BNHS Auction, Mumbai

  2007 ‘Art Fusion Show’ Nehru Center, Mumbai

  2007 ‘Gateway Bombay’, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass, USA

  2007 ‘Yuva Parivartan’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2006-07 ‘Indian Art - Inventing / Inverting Traditions’, Grosvenor Vadehra, London

  2006 ‘Shadow Lines’ Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2006 ‘Art for Conservation’, Mall Galleries, London

  2006 ‘A work of Art, a work on paper’ Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2006 ‘Modern Indian works on Paper’ Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Jersey

  2006 ‘Art for Concern’, Hacienda Art Gallery, Mumbai, Bangalore

  2006 ‘El Filo del Deseo - Arte Reciente en India’, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey MARCO, Mexico

  2005 ‘Joie de Vivre’ Art Konsult, New Delhi

  2005 ‘Bhupen among Friends’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  2005 ‘Still-Life’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi

  2005 ‘Grey’, Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata

  2005 ‘New Paradigma II’, Gallery Threshold, Kolkata

  2005 ‘Bicentenary Celebrations Auction’, Asiatic Society, Mumbai

  2005 ‘Ardhanarishvara’, Tao Gallery, Mumbai

  2004 ‘Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India’, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia; Asia Society, New York

  2004 ‘Visions of Landscape’, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2004 ‘Selected works from the Jehangir Nicholson Collection’, Mumbai

  2004 ‘Paintings from the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) Mumbai’, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

  2004 ‘The World of Serigraphs’ Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara

  2003 ‘Diverge, Forty years of Gallery Chemould’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai

  2003 Exhibition organized by Parkinson’s Disease Foundation of India, Mumbai

  2003 ‘Tiranga’, Jindal Foundation for Performing and Creative Arts, Indian Habitat Center, New Delhi

  2003’Works on Paper’, Gallery Threshold , India Habitat Center, New Delhi

  2003 ‘Men Against Violence and Abuse’, Artists’ Centre, Mumbai

  2003 Exhibition organized by Gandhara Art Gallery at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2003 ‘A Celebration of Color’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi and at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2003 ‘Said & Unsaid’, Apparao Galleries, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2002 ‘Post-Independence Indian Art from Sunanda and Umesh Gaur Collection’, Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S.A

  2002 ‘Icons and Symbols in Indian Art’, Center of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  2002 ‘Indian Contemporary Art from Northeastern Private Collections’, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S.A.

  2001 ‘The Human Factor’, The Guild, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2001 ‘Ideas and Images’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai

  2001 ‘In Conversation’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  2001 ‘Figures in My Mind’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  2001 ‘Osian's The Passionate Detachment' auction’, Mumbai

  2001 ‘Century City’, Tate Modern, London

  2000 ‘Human Figure’, Gallery 42, New Delhi

  2000 ‘Millennium Show’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

  2000 Chitram Art Gallery, Kochi

  2000 ‘Extreme Gourmet, Indigo’, Lakeeren, Mumbai

  2000 ‘Their Story’, VAHI Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  2000 ‘Early Works’, Fine Art Company, Mumbai

  1999 ‘The Art of Charity’ ,Sir J.J Parsee Benevolent Institute, J.J School of Art, Mumbai

  1999 ‘Ideas and Images’, Critics Choice, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai

  1999’ Elephanta Project’, INTACH, Mumbai

  1999 ‘The World Is Round And Time Is Cyclical, Art Today, New Delhi

  1999 ‘Icons of the Millennium’, Lakeeran Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1999 Vadehra Art Gallery and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1998 Anniversary Exhibition, Chitram Art Gallery, Kochi

  1998 ‘Indian Contemporary Art’, Vadehra Art Gallery and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1998 ‘Artists for Sustainable Development’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1997 ‘Charcoal and Conte’, Birla Century Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1997 ‘Epic Reality’, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

  1997 ‘The intuitive Logic II’, Exhibition and Auction, Mumbai

  1997 ‘The Intuitive Logic’ , A Festival of Contemporary Painting, Mumbai

  1997 ‘Indian Contemporary Art- Post-Independence’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1997 ‘Ashraya’, Bangalore

  1997 ‘Image Beyond Image’, Glenberra Art Museum, New Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai

  1996 ‘Contemporary Indian Painters 96’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1996 ‘Urban Signals, Shifting Images’, Birla Century Art Gallery, Mumbai; Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1996 ‘Exhibition Felicitating Dnyaneshwar Nadkarni’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1996 ‘Contemporary Indian Painting from the Herwitz Family Collection Part II’, auction by Sotheby's, New York

  1996 ‘A Tree In My Life’, The Village Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1995 ‘Art India Now’, Bose Pacia, New York

  1995 ‘Mumbai RPG’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1995 ‘Art for CRY’ , Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1995 ‘Postcards for Gandhi Sahamat’, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and New Delhi

  1995 Contemporary Indian Painting from the Herwitz Family Collection Part I, auction by Sotheby's, New York

  1994 ‘Drawing 94’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  1993 ‘Trends and Images’, Center of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1993 ‘Shraddha Samarpan’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1993 ‘Parallel Perceptions’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  1992 ‘Journeys within Landscapes’, Sakshi Gallery , Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1990 ‘An Artistic Riot’, Sophia Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1990 ‘Gadyaparva Exhibition’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1989 ‘Artists Alert’, exhibition for Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust, New Delhi

  1989 ‘Timeless Art’, exhibition and auction by Sotheby's, Mumbai

  1989 ‘The Richness of Spirit’, Egyptian Academy, Rome

  1988 ‘The Richness of Spirit ‘, National Museum, Kuwait

  1988 ‘Art for CRY’, Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Bangalore

  1986 Group exhibition organized ,by Altaf, New Habib High School, Mumbai

  1985 ‘2nd Conference’, All India League for Revolutionary Culture, Dhanbad

  1985 ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Festival of India , New York

  1985 ‘Thirty Artists in the Collection of Richardson Hindustan’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1984 ‘Ten Artists’, Gallery 7, Mumbai

  1982 ‘Seven Indian Artists’, Worpswede, Hanover, Hamburg, Bayreuth, Braunsweig, Germany

  1982 ‘Inaugural Exhibition’, Roopankar, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

 1981 ‘Place for People’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Ravindra Bhavan, New Delhi

  1979 ‘Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad’, Bhopal

Joint Exhibitions

  2005-06 With Gieve Patel at Museum Gallery, Mumbai and Bose Pacia, New York

  2000 ‘Objective and Subjective’, Sudhir Patwardhan and Ajay Desai, Gallery 7, Mumbai


  2013 'Aesthetic Bind: Subject of Death', Celebrating 50 Years of Contemporary Art, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai

  2012-13 'Radical Terrain: Modernist Art from India', Rubin Museum of Art, New York

  2012 Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2012 'The Calendar Project: Iconography in the 20th Century', part of Project CINEMA CITY: Research Art & Documentary Practices presented by National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and Ministry of Culture, Government of India at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai

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

  2012 ‘To Let the World In: Narrative and Beyond in Contemporary Indian Art’, as part of Art Chennai, Edition II at Lalit Kala Regional Centre, Chennai

  2012 'Crossings: Time Unfolded, Part 2', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi

  2011-12 'Modernist Art from India: The Body Unbound', Rubin Museum of Art, New York

  2011 'Of Gods and Goddesses, Cinema, Cricket: The New Cultural Icons of India', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2011 '1:3:1- Part III', W+K Exp, New Delhi

  2011 'The Intuitive: Logic Revisted', from the Osians Collection at The World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland

  2010 'Evolve: 10th Anniversary Show', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2010 'Roots', 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai at The Park, Chennai

  2008-09 ''Modern India', organized by Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM) and Casa Asia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture at Valencia, Spain

  2008-09 ‘Expanding Horizons: Contemporary Indian Art’, Traveling Exhibition presented by Bodhi Art at Ravinder Natya Mandir, P.L.Despande Kala Academy Art Gallery, Mumbai; Sant Dyaneshwar Natya Sankul Art Gallery, Amravati; Platinum Jubilee Hall, Nagpur; Tapadia Natya Mandir Sports Hall, Aurangabad; Hirachand Nemchand Vachanalay’s, Solapur; Acharya Vidyanand Sanskrutik Bhavan, Kolhapur; PGSR Sabhagriha, SNDT, Pune; Sarvajanik Vachanalaya Hall, Nasik

  2007 ‘1st Anniversary Exhibition’ Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

  2001 ‘10th Anniversary Show’, Sakshi Gallery, Bengaluru

  2000 ‘The Harmony Show’, Nehru Center, Mumbai

  1999 ‘Anniversary Exhibition’ , Chitram Art Gallery, Kochi

  1992 ‘Silver Jubilee exhibition’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1987 ‘Coupe de Coeur’, Geneva, Switzerland

  1986’Festival of India’ , Georges Pompidou Center, Paris, France

  1976,75,74 Bombay Art Society, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

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