Born in 1932 at Bawal, Haryana, Om Prakash Sharma completed his graduation in Drawing and Painting from Meerut College, and secured a National Diploma in Fine Arts from the Delhi Polytechnic. The artist further secured a Fulbright Scholarship that enabled him to pursue his postgraduate studies in Fine Arts and Art History from Columbia University, New York.
Working on paper and canvases, Professor Sharma, as he is popularly known, creates intricate imagery in bold lines and geometric forms. In a harmonious mix of abstraction, and tantric forms his compositions evoke mystery and an ethereal energy. He taught at the College of Art and School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and headed the College of Art as its Principal for several years. His work has been exhibited at numerous exhibitions in India and abroad, He has been felicitated with many awards and honours including the Lalit Kala Academy’s National Award for Painting, First Prize (thrice) for the Annual Art Exhibitions of AIFACS and the awards won at various state exhibitions.
Om Prakash Sharma lives in Delhi and works from his studio there.
EducationGraduation Meerut College (Drawing and Painting) -1951 The National Diploma in Fine Arts ( First Class and Distinctions ), Delhi Polytechnic.- 1958 Postgraduate studies in Fine Arts and Art History, Columbia University and Art Students League, New York. - 1964 - 1966
Teaching1981-1992 - Principal, Collage of Art, New Delhi. 1961-1981 - Head, The Art Department, the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. 1956-1961 - Senior Art Teacher, Goverment Model School, Ludlow Castle, Delhi. 1951-1956 - Art Teacher, D.A.V School Paharganj, New Delhi.
1968-1971 – Four Exhibitions on Nehru, Gandhi, Non-Violence and Shri Aurobindo, Nehru Memorial Museum, New Delhi. 1958, 1959, 1961, 1972, 1976,1981 – designed and executed large murals for the National and International trade fairs and exhibitions. 1986 – design works for NAMYFEST.
Music and Films
Maintains an active interest in Music and Dance, has studied North Indian Classical Music and plays the Sitar since 1956. Has performed in India and abroad including lecture demonstrations. In 1970, planned and collaborated to make a series of four short films on Indian Classical Musicians. Several Radio and TV Talks and Interviews on Art. Films including ‘On the Journey of Art – Om Prakash – by Doordarshan, India , 1987 : ‘ Neo Tantra’ by Bombay Broadcasting Company, Los Angele, USA, 1996. Release of two CD’s of his music on Sitar and Om Veena in 2013. Awards1969 - National award for Painting by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. Several awards in State Exhibitions including First Prizes in Annual Art Exhibitions of the A.I.F.A.C.S., New Delhi. (1966, 1967, 1969 ) 2003 - Delhi State Award from the chief Minister of Delhi. Honorary Membership of Russian Academy of Fine Art, Moscow.
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