An established Indian artist and poet, Umesh Varma is prestigious painter and printmaker.
Born in 1935 in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh, he secured a BSc degree from Allahabad University in 1957. He further studied painting at School of Art, Delhi Polytechnic during 1958 to 63.
Umesh Verma has been exhibiting since 1961. He has had Ten one man shows abroad including two in Tokyo, more than seven shows in India including a retrospective of works from 1955-95, Dhoomimal Gallery, 1995 & participated in more than sixty five important group exhibitions including the show of THE six at A.I.F.A.C.S., 1961-62, Founder member show of GROUP 8 at A.I.F.A.C.S., 1968, Delhi Shilpi Chakra Annual exhibitions, 1963, 1968, 1969, National Exhibition LKA since, 1964, A.I.F.A.C.S. annuals, Academy of fine arts, Kolkata, India international centre, Delhi, He has participated in various group shows of national international stature.
The symbols of Umesh Verma’s paintings are drawn from the vast repertoire of local culture.
The artist has been felicitated with many awards during 1958-1963, Sailoz prize 1962, A.I.F.A.C.S. Camlin Award, 1985, Lalit Kala Research Grant 1983, Senior fellowship for painting, Department of culture, Govt of India, 1983-1986;
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
1966: Gallery Beni, Kyoto
1966: Gallery Ginpodo, Tokyo
1968: Triveni Gallery, New Delhi
1989: Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
SELECTED COLLECTIONS holding Varma's work include:
Taj Mahal Hotel Collection, Bombay
Lalit Kala Akademi
Government Museum, Chandigarh
National Gallery of Modern Art, New DelhiBack to Artists View Artworks of Umesh Varma