V. S. Gaitonde (1924–2001)
Vasudeo S. Gaitonde was born in Maharashtra and received his diploma from the
Sir J. J. School of Art in 1948. He was invited to join the Progressive Artists Group
and actively participated in its activities. He had several solo exhibitions in India
and abroad and participated in group shows like the Indian art exhibition which
toured East European countries in 1956 and other group exhibitions at Graham
Gallery in New York in 1959 and Gallery 63 in New York, 1963.
One of the India’s foremost abstractionists, Gaitonde’s works are represented in
several Indian and foreign collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New
York. He was awarded the first prize at the Young Asian Artists Exhibition, Tokyo
in 1957 and the Rockefeller Fellowship in 1964. He was also awarded the Padma
Shri in 1971.


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