Born in Gujarat, Shah initially began his education at the Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai but then moved to the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda. In 1966-'67 he studied etching under S. W. Hayter and Krishna Reddy at Atelier 17 in Paris. Shah has had several solo exhibitions of his works since 1965, the most recent one being held at Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, Mumbai, in 2007; and Berkeley Square Gallery and Saffronart, London, in 2007. Other exhibitions include those held at Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2005; Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi, in 2002; Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, 1994; Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 1979; and Gallery Chemould, New Delhi and Mumbai, in 1966. Shah’s works have also been selected to represent India in many international exhibitions, including ‘Rediscovering the Roots’ at the Museo de la Nacion, Lima, in 1997; ‘Contemporary Indian Art’ at the Ludwig Museum, Budapest, at 1997; ‘Festival of India’, London, in 1982; and ‘Indian Painting Today’, London, in 1965. Shah was honoured with the Kalidas Samman in 2003, the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award, New Delhi, 1988, and the Lalit Kala Akademi National Award for painting in 1959 and 1962. He lives and works in New Delhi and Jaipur.