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Vasudeo Kamath

Artist Vasudeo Kamath

Vasudeo Kamath, born at Karkala, a small town in Karnataka, is brought up in Mumbai. Right from his early childhood, his inclination for drawing became apparent to the people around him. Scribbling began much before he could write ABCD. He used to draw the lines horizontals, verticals to represent trains running on tracks on the walls and floors of the house with a piece of chalk or crayon. These left hand doodlings were the first expressions of the artist within him.

His parents and school teachers acknowledged those sketches and their appreciation encouraged that innate desire to purse Art as his career. After schooling, he took admission in the most prestigious institute Sir J. J. School of Art, in Mumbai. Sir J. J. School of Art provided him the platform to prove his talents. Awards and rewards followed his dedicated efforts. The shining milestone was the G. D. Arts with the First Class First Distinction. Since then he has been relentlessly sketching, painting with all devotion and dedication. This has built up his creativity on solid foundation rooted in perfection of drawing.

He prefers painting in oils on canvas and watercolor on handmade papers, but he also enjoys painting with acrylics and oil and soft pastels. Ever since his academic days, he loves painting Landscapes on location and portraits from life. He also creates conceptual paintings based on his ideas of what he firmly believes in and what he always stands by. In addition in the subjective paintings, he tries to bring out the mythological and historical subjects with detailed study and realistic depiction of that era.

He paints commissioned portraits as also the portraits of the people around. He also invites dignitaries for a sitting as also he is invited by the Diplomats and eminent personalities for painting from life. The most prestigious of these is his portrait of the First Lady, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, The President of India. His mastery in portraits has won many awards, the most acclaimed one is the Draper Grand Award bestowed upon by The Portrait Society of America for his Portrait, and 'My Wife' in 2006. He also has to his credit his two inspiring and enlightening books viz.

1) Sketching and drawing 2) Portraits for the aspiring artists. His profound knowledge and his experience as an artist gets portrayed in articles, which have been regularly published in Indian as well as International Art Magazines and journals to inspire and guide the aspiring artists. Besides this in spite of his busy schedule, he personally spares time for artists who seek his guidance.

Born :

  • 1956


Education :

  • G. D. Art from J. J. School of Art, Mumbai - First Class with distinction


Exhibition :

  • 2002 : Satya Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2001 : Leela, Mumbai
  • 2000, 1995 : Nehru Centre, Mumbai
  • 1999, 1996, 1992, 1986, 1984 : Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1998 : Ravindra Kala Bhavan, Pune
  • 1997 : Son Et Lumire Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1997 : Kala Academy, Goa
  • 1996 : Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi
  • 1996, 1994 : Mahalasa Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1994 : Renaissance Art Gallery, Bangalore
  • 1991 : Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore
  • 1988 : Little Theatre Art Gallery, New Delhi
  • 1990, 1988 : Kamal Nayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai


Awards :

  • 2006 : Grand Prize by Portrait Society of America
  • 2003 : Pt. Satwalekar Pratishthan Puraskar
  • 2001 : M. S. Golwalkar Guruji Gaurav Puraskar
  • 2000 : Chandrakant Mandre Gaurav Puraskar, Kolhapur
  • 1993 : Kala Vishwa Mahavidyalaya, Sangli
  • 1992 : Vijaya Fine Art Society, Gadag
  • 1991 : 31 "State Art Exhibition, Maharashtra
  • 1990 : Golden Jubilee Exhibition, Nasik Kala Niketan
  • 1990 : Art Society of India
  • 1990, 1988 : Late V. V. Oak Smriti Art Exhibition, Pune
  • 1983 : Bombay Art Society
  • 1982 : Bombay Art Society's 'GOLD MEDAL'
  • 1979 : Art Society of India
  • 1978 : Bombay Art Society
  • 1977 : 'Usha Deshmukh GOLD MEDAL'
  • 1977 : 'GOLD MEDAL' in Annual Art Exhibition, Sir J. J. School of Art
  • Honored by doing Portrait of current President of India Pratibhatai Patil


Demonstrations :

    Portrait and Landscape :

  • Agra College of Fine Arts
  • Amaravati Kala Mahavidyalaya
  • Artists Centre, Mumbai
  • Bombay Art Society
  • Indiaart, Pune
  • CAVA, Mysore
  • Chitrakala Parishath Art College, Bangalore
  • Kala Pushpa, Sangli
  • Government School of Art, Aurangabad
  • Max Muller Bhavan, New Delhi
  • Lalit Kala Kendra, Chopda, Jalgaon
  • Raheja School of Art, Mumbai
  • Rang Bahar, Kolhapur
  • Sahyadri School of Art, Chiplun
  • Sanskar Bharati
  • Sangeet & Kala Academy of Municipal School, Mumbai
  • Saptaput Kala Mahavidyalaya, Khiroda
  • The College of Art, Goa
  • Sir J. J. School of Applied Art, Mumbai
  • S. N. D. T. College, Mumbai
  • The Art Society of India, Mumbai
  • Vasai Vikasini
  • Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai
  • l. E. S. College of Architecture, Mumbai
  • Rachana Sansad, Mumbai
  • Thane School of Art, Mumbai

  • Portraits of eminent persons from actual sittings :

  • M. P. Shri Rambhau Naik (Petroleum Minister)
  • Rev. Shohan Tokiwa, (Japan)
  • Shri Madhav Gadkari
  • Late Shri Umakant Thomre
  • Late Shri Jayavant Dalvi
  • Late Pt. Malharrao Kulkarni

  • On the spot Landscape painting tours :

  • Andaman Islands
  • Chardham Gomukh
  • Himchal Pradesh
  • Karnataka
  • Kathmandu
  • Pokhara
  • Leh Ladakh
  • Southern India
  • Venice


Collections :

  • Air India, Mumbai
  • Ceat Ltd., Mumbai
  • L. I. C. of India, Mumbai
  • Dr. T. M. A. Pai Smriti Bhavan, Manipal
  • Larsen & Toubro Ltd., Mumbai
  • General Insurance Corporation, Mumbai
  • MHADA Mumbai
  • Gujarat Ambuja Cements Ltd., Mumbai
  • Tata Services Ltd., Mumbai
  • P. Katdhare & Associates, Mumbai
  • Tsubosaka Dera Temple, Japan
  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal
  • Prabodhankar Thakare Auditorium Hall, Mumbai
  • Premiere Automobiles, Mumbai
  • Shri Manjunath Temple, Dharmasthala
  • Swami Narayan Temple, Ahmedabad
  • Prabodhan Joggers Park, Mumbai
  • Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, Uttan
  • Matoshri Krida Sankul, Mumbai
  • many private collections in India & Abroad


  • Brace Your Brocade Tiruvalluvar Figurative, Painting by Vasudeo Kamath
  • Kedarnath Temple Landscape, Painting by Vasudeo Kamath
  • Landscape, Painting by Vasudeo Kamath
  • Trust me You He Didnt Surdas Figurative, Painting by Vasudeo Kamath