Born in Mumbai in 1940, Patel is a self-taught artist, a practising general physician, a poet and a playwright. Since the mid 1960s, several solo exhibitions of the artist’s work have been held in India and internationally. These include ‘Wells Clouds Skulls’ at Bose Pacia, New York, in 2011; ‘Gieve Patel: Select Works 1971-2006’ at Gallery Threshold, New Delhi and Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai in 2009-10; ‘Eklavya/Daphne’ at the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2007; and ‘Gieve Patel’ at Gallery Chemould and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, and Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2003-04. His work has been featured in group shows including ‘ Multiple Modernities India, 1905-2005’ at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2008; ‘Gateway Bombay’ at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, in 2007, and ‘Contemporary Indian Art’ at Grey Art Gallery and Study Centre, New York, in 1986. Patel lives and works in Mumbai.