About ArtistKrishnaji Howlaji Ara (1914â€“1985) â€“ Born in Andhra Pradesh, Krishnaji Howlaji Ara did not receive any formal education in fine arts. He delighted in realistic ingenuity, focusing on the female nude, still life and human figure studies. Ara held his first solo show in 1942 in Mumbai. He later had several solo and group shows, including many with the Progressive Artistsâ€™ Group in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Kolkata. He also held shows in Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, West Germany, Russia and Japan. He received the prestigious Governorâ€™s Award for painting in 1944. Ara passed away in 1985.