V. S. Gaitonde
Gaitonde was born in Maharashtra. He received his diploma from the Sir J. J. School of Art in 1948
He died in 2001. Vasudev S. Gaitonde was regarded as one of the most finest and cloistered abstract painter of India. Impressed by his work, Vasudev was invited to join the Progressive Artists Group of Bombay. He actively participated in the activities of the group. He had several exhibitions held in India as well as in foreign countries.
Gaitonde's abstract works are produced in many Indian and overseas collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 1957, he was awarded the first prize at the Young Asian Artists Exhibition, Tokyo and the Rockefeller Fellowship followed in 1964. In 1971, he was awarded the Padma Shri i.e. the highest award for creative excellence given by the Government of India.
Gaitonde experimented hugely with form and shape in his works. Vasudev had a profound influence of Zen philosophy and ancients calligraphy on him. In the midst of his art work, one could notice the control and the conglomerated structure finely depicted. Gaitonde’s use of symbolic element and very few ground lines made his work appear like a flowing river.