In Memoriam | Akbar Padamsee

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of one of South Asia’s eminent artists, Akbar Padamsee.

One of the primary figures of Indian art, he made a career defined by free-thinking, experimentation and individuality. He worked on a wide variety of media but focused on a few chosen genres including prophets, heads, couples, still-life, grey works, metascapes and mirror images.

In his passing, he left behind a stellar legacy of masterpieces from his almost seven-decade long career. But shall always be remembered as one of the greats who put Indian art into the world stage and shattered preconceived notions of what Indian art should be and could be.

Relentless and dedicated to his craft until the end, he candidly said in one of his last interviews, “It is not possible to master the art of painting in such a short lifetime. I have been a painter in my past births and I am continuing the tradition.”