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Prabhakar Barwe (Maharashtra)

About Artist

Prabhakar Barwe was born in Nagoan, Maharashtra and is considered a pioneer of Modern Indian Art. Receiving encouragement from his father as well as grand uncle, well-known sculptor, V. P. Karmarkar, he schooled at the Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai and furthered his study in visual language, disregarding the clerical act of imitative imagery. He explored the aesthetics of image making under the influence of contemporary artists like Gaitonde and Ambadas. Barwe was also influenced by Tantric art and was considered part of the modernist movement, Neo-Tantra, along with artists like G. R. Santosh, Biren De and K. C. S. Paniker. The artist held 12 solo exhibitions and participated in shows in India and internationally. He was awarded the Academy of Fine Arts Award in Kolkata in 1963, the Bombay Art Society Award in 1964 and 1968, and the Maharashtra State Award and the prestigious Lalit Kala Akademi Award in 1976. Towards the end of his life, he wrote a book called 'Kora Canvas' in Marathi. Prabhakar Barwe lived and worked in Mumbai until his death in 1995.