Akbar Padamsee, “Imbecile”, 1991, Oil on Board, 89 x71 cm.
Akbar Padamsee i;sa a contemporary Indian artist and painter, born in the region of Gujarat. He is considered one of the pioneers of Modern Indian painting. He works in various mediums from oil painting, plastic emulsion, watercolor, lithography and computer graphics.
Padamsee was associated with the Progressive Artists’ Group, PAG, and had his first solo show at the Jehangir Art Gallery in 1954, soon becoming one of the leading artists. He currently lioves in South Mumbai and works at his studio in Prabhadevi.
Padamsee was awarded the Lalit Kala Akacemi Fellowship in 1962, a fellowship by the Rockefeller Foundation in 1965, the 1997 Kalida Samman for Plastic arts from the Madhya Pradesh Government, and the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honor in 2010.