(1922 - 2011)
Born in 1922 in Mumbai, Jehangir Sabavala’s career has spanned more than sixty years since his first solo exhibition at the Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai in 1951. After receiving his Fine Arts Diploma from the Sir J. J. School of Art in 1944, Sabavala went to Europe and studied in the Heatherley School of Art, London from 1945 to 1947, the Academie Andre L’hote from 1948 to 1951, the Academie Julian from 1953 to 1954, and the Academic de la Grande Chaumiere in 1957, all in Paris. Sabavala has exhibited at prestigious national and international venues and held solo exhibitions of his Paintings in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, New Delhi, Edinburgh, London, and New York since 1951. A retrospective exhibition of his works was organized at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai and New Delhi in 2005-06. The Government of India awarded him with the Padma Shri in 1977. He also contributed his writings to many publications since 1951. Sabavala passed away in 2011.