Adi Davierwalla

(1922 - 1975) Born in 1922, Davierwalla was educated in Mumbai and qualified as a pharmaceutical chemist. Drawn towards sculpting, he received some guidance in its basic techniques from the late N. G. Pasare. He began with wood as his medium and gradually went on to work with stone, marble, bronze and steel. Exhibiting since 1950, held six solo shows in Mumbai and in 1968 a show of his work was sponsored by the Bertha Schaifer Gallery, New York. His sculptures were displayed in the Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil, and in the Venice Biennale in 1963 and 1966 respectively. In 1969 his works were included in a travelling exhibition in the USA and in the following year in a group show organized by the Coray Gallery in Zurich. Davierwalla was a recipient of the Rockefeller III Fellowship in 1968. He also won several awards, like the first prize at the Maharashtra State Art Exhibition, 1957, the gold medal at the All India Sculptor’s Show, 1957 and the National Award, 1965.