Akbar Padamsee

Akbar Padamsee was born in Mumbai, India where he continues to live and work. He was one of the early pioneer painters of the 1940’s to forge a new modernist style in Indian art, along with his other young artist friends like M.F. Husain, F.N. Souza, Tyeb Mehta and V.S. Gaitonde. He lived and worked in Paris between 1951 and 1967. Although he is best known as a painter, he has experimented with many mediums including filmmaking and computer graphic design. Through these, he explores his persistent preoccupation with form, volume space, time, and colour. He is particularly known for his abstract “metascapes” or “mirror images”, which are regarded as development from landscapes. He was elected a Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1962, and in 2010, the Government of India awarded him with the Padma Bhushan, one of the four highest civilian honours.