Satish Gujaral (B. 1925)
Plate Lithography 22? x 30? On Acid Proof Paper
Gujral has been internationally acclaimed for his multi-talents of painting, graphics, sculpture, murals, architecture and interior design. In 1944 he joined the JJ School of Art in Bombay where he came into contact with the Progressive Artists Group (PAG). Unable to accept their European vocabulary or their techniques, he searched for a more traditional Indian modernism. He is also known for his large murals, commissioned around India and abroad.
The Belgian Government honoured Gujral with the "Order of The Crown" for designing the Belgian Embassy. The only non-Belgian Architect ever to win this distinction. The same building was selected by an International Jury among 1000 most outstanding buildings built in the 20th Century around the World. His name is included in the "International Dictionary of Art" published by Macmillan, U.K.; the dictionary is of World Art through the Ages and included only 40,000 names. He is a three times National Award Winner: Twice for Painting and once for Sculpture. He was also honoured by both by the Delhi Government and the Punjab Government as well as Shanti Niketan with its highest honour "Desikottama". He was honoured by Mexico`s International Award for "Life Time Achievements" (Da Vinci Award).
In recognition of his national and international achievements, "Delhi Citizen Council" in 1989 honoured him as one of the twenty five most prominent of its Citizens with the most significant contributions to the prestige of the city made in the last quarter century.
It is in recognition of these achievements that the President of India honoured Satish Gujral in the year 1999 with "Padma Vibhushan", the second highest honour awarded by the State.