Born in Karnataka, K.S. Kulkarni studied at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay. He was also a research scholar at Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Bombay. He ahd his first solo show in 1945, organised by the All Inddia Fine Arts and Crafts Society. He founded the world famous art and culture organisation Triveni Kala Sangam in 1948 where he served as the Director of the Art Department till 1968.He was also one of the founding members of the Delhi Silpi Chakra
He was awarded the first of his three national awards in 1955 and in 1958, he travelled through Guatemela, Mexico, Peru and Brazil where he came into contact with the Mayan and Inca civilisations which were to later become a major source of influence in his work.
K.S . Kulkarni had several solo shows in New Delhi, Mumbai Kolkata as well as in many cities of USA, Europe, Japan and Egypt. He has participated in many major exhibitions both in India and abroad.
Kulkarni’s art gradually evolved and was inspired by the decorative grace of the classical Indian figures in the Ajanta murals and the Chola bronzes and the vitality of modernism. He combined these two styles in his figurative works.
Primarily, a figurative artist, he did not create any style of his own, but rather kept painting in various styles excelling in each both craft wise as well as in high aesthetic terms. He was also a master of line and a frugal user of colour. His work however compares with the best in contemporary Indian art and is now a part of art history.
Kulkarni was a recipient of several national awards and his works were exhibited in both India and abroad.
He passed away in 1994.
1950 Nominated to represent India at the International Arts Program, USA, sponsored by the State Department and the Rockefeller Foundation
1941-43 Research Scholar to Study Indian Painting, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai
1941-42 Post graduation, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai
1935-40 Diploma in Fine Arts, J.J. School of Art, Mumbai
Selected Posthumous Exhibitions
2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2012-13 'Radical Terrain: Modernist Art from India', Rubin Museum of Art, New York
2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore
2011 ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 'Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', from the Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta
2011 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 'Masterclass', Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 'Celebrations 2011', Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010 'Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010 'Celebration 2010', Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi
2009 'Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin', Emile Lowe Gallery, Hempstead
2008 'Moderns', Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan
2008 Aryan Art Gallery, New Delhi
2007 Aryan Art Gallery, New Delhi
2006 ‘A Rare Artist of Substance: K. S. Kulkarni’, Arushi Arts, New Delhi
2005 ‘The Protean Spirit’, Art and Deal
2005 ‘An Appetite for Life: Paintings from 1970 and 80s by K. S. Kulkarni’, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi
2004 ‘In Memory of Prof. K. S. Kulkarni’, GallerieGanesha, New Delhi
2004 ‘Manifestations II : Indian Art in the 20th Century’, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2001 ‘Exhibition of Paintings from 1970-1980’, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi
2000 ‘Exhibition of Paintings Prof. K. S. Kulkarni’, GallerieGanesha, New Delhi
1998 ‘Paintings and Sculptures by K. S. Kulkarni’, Art Indus, New Delhi
1997 ‘Indian Contemporary Art : Post Independence’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
1997 ‘Light from the Darkness’, A Series of Paintings from 1964-66’, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi
1996 ‘K. S. Kulkarni’, GallerieGanesha, New Delhi
1995 ‘In Homage Exhibition of Paintings by Late Prof. K. S. Kulkarni’, GallerieGanesha, New Delhi
1995 ‘The Figure in Modern Art’, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York
1994 ‘Prof. K. S. Kulkarni – Painter and Sculptor’, ABC Art Gallery, Varanasi
Selected Solo Exhibitions
1988 Paintings on Glass ‘GeetGovinda’ by Prof. K. S. Kulkarni, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
1986 ‘Retrospective Show of K. S. Kulkarni’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1974 United States Investigation Services (U. S. I. S), Kolkata
1972 I.I.E. United Nations Plaza, New York
1972 Russel Sage College, Troy, USA
1972 Saratoga Public Library, New York
1971 Hartford Seminary, Connecticut, USA
1971 Berkshire Museum, Massachusetts, USA
1971 Dickinson College, PA. USA
1971 Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, USA
1970 Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce, New York
1970 Harthorne Art Gallery, New York
1970 State University of Pennsylvania, USA
1969 Wilson College, PA. USA
1969 Gallery Mayer, New York
1969 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi
1969 Triveni Studio, New Delhi
1968 Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi.
1967 Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi
1967 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai
1967 Triveni Studio, New Delhi
1966 Triveni Studio, New Delhi
1965 ‘Kulkarni’, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi
1964 Kala Parishad, Bhopal
1963-65 Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
1963 Triveni Studio, New Delhi
1963 Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad
1963 Gallery Ashoka, Kolkata
1962 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi
1961 Gallery Ashoka, Kolkata
1961 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1961 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi
1959 Antonio Soja Gallery, Mexico.
1959 Indian Painter, organized by East Europe Federation of Arts, USA.
1959 Modern Art Centre, Zurich.
1958 Danber Gallery, New York.
1958 Watumall Foundation, Honolulu.
1958 Atelier Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
1958 ‘K. S. Kulkarni’, Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo
1958 ‘K. S. Kulkarni’, Franz Bader Gallery, Washington D. C, USA
1958 Art Unlimited Gallery, San Francisco, USA
1958 Schaefer School of Design, San Francisco, USA
1957 Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, USA
1954, 55, 57, 59 Silpa Chakra Art Gallery, New Delhi.
1954-59 Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi
1952-59 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi
1951 Arthur Newton Gallery, New York
1949 International Art Exhibition, London
1949-51 Freemason Hall, New Delhi
1948 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi.
Selected Group Exhibitions
1990 ‘Exhibition of Drawings by Seven Artists’, GallerieGanesha, Kolkata 1963 ‘Indian Painters’, USSR
1960 ‘Modern Indian Painters’, USA and South America
1959 ‘Indian Painters’, Traveling Exhibition in Europe
1959 ‘International Exhibition’, Japan
1959 World House Galleries, New York
1959 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil
1959 Modern Art Centre, Zurich
1959 Antonio Souza Gallery, Mexico
1958 Dunbar Gallery, New York
1958 Federation of Arts, USA and South America
1949 International Art Exhibition, New Delhi
1945 International Art Exhibition, New Delhi
Honours and Awards
1986 Parishad Sanman, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
1985 Emeritus Fellowship, Department of Culture, Government of India
1984 Fellowship for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1972-79 Nominated as Chairman, Uttar Pradesh Lalit Kala Academy
1972-76 Vice Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1969-74 Invited by the Government of USA, USSR, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Korea, Netherlands, UK as a Guest Artist
1965 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1962 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1955 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New DelhiBack to Artists View Artworks of K.S. Kulkarni