Sudhir Patwardhan was born in Pune, Maharashtra. He graduated in Medicine from the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, in 1972. A self-taught artist, Patwardhan began exhibiting his work in the late 70s. Since then, he has had numerous solo shows, including regular ones at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, from 1979-2007, and those at the Guild Gallery, Mumbai, 2008; Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai 2007, 2002 and 2001; Vadehra Gallery, New Delhi, 1999; Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, 1994; and Art Heritage, New Delhi, 1990 and 1979. He also participated in ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, at the Festival of India, New York, in 1985 and in ‘Century City’, at the Tate Modern, London, in 2001. In 2004, a book on his works, “The Complicit Observer” by Ranjit Hoskote was published, and in 2008, “The Crafting of Reality”, a book on his drawings by the same author, was released. Patwardhan, who lives and works in Thane, is also a participating radiologist and runs a clinic there.