Jyoti Bhatt


Born in March 12, 1934 at Bhavnagar (Gujarat), Jyotindra Manshankar Bhatt is a renowned Indian artist, famous for his work in printmaking, painting, and photographic documentation of the India’s rural culture. Over his distinguished and long career, Jyoti bhai worked in various mediums, such as oils and watercolors. His work has been displayed in various international collections, which includes the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The British Museum (London), and The Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C.). He is widely recognized for his work in printmaking that garnered him with maximum avocados from the art lovers.

Education & Work

From 1950 to 1956, Jyotindra Bhatt earned a Diploma in Printmaking and Painting from the Maharaja Sayajirao University (Baroda), under the guidance of K.G. Subramanyan and N. S. Bendre. In 1953, he learnt Mural & Fresco Painting from the Vanasthali Vidyapith University of Rajasthan. Later, he went to study arts from the Italy’s eminent academy, Academia Di Belle Arti, and printmaking from the New York’s Pratt Institute. In 1965, he learnt the basics of holography and digital printing from the UK.

Bhatt’s paintings instituted inspiration from the fast disappearing folk and art traditions of the rural India. His distinguished work is included in the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The National Gallery of Modern Art (Delhi), and The British Museum. A monograph on his majestic work – ‘Parallels that Meet; Paintings, Prints, Photographs’, was published by the Delhi Art Gallery.

He has actively participated in solo exhibitions in India and abroad, including the Exhibition of Paintings in Mumbai in 1963; three Paintings and Prints shows in the US in 1964-66; Photographic Exhibitions held at Mumbai, New Delhi, Bhopal, Ahmadabad, Baroda, Germany, and Kolkata from 1984 to 1995; Exhibition of Photographs held at the National Centre for Performing Arts (Mumbai), Art Heritage (New Delhi), and Bharat Bhavan (Bhopal) in 1993-97; to name a few. His famous artwork includes “Multimedia: Art of The 90's” displayed at the Centre for International Modern Art, Kolkata; “Printed Image: An Overview Retrospective Exhibition of Graphic Prints 1961-98” displayed at the Cymroza Art Gallery (Mumbai), “In Conversation: Painting and Sketchbook” showcased at the Gallery Espace (New Delhi); “Printed Image: An Overview Retrospective” displayed at the Exhibition of Graphic Prints (Vadodara); “Graphic Prints: An Overview Jyoti Bhatt” presented at the Anant Art Gallery (New Delhi); and “Parallels That Meet: Paintings, Prints, Photographs” exhibited at the Delhi Art Gallery (New Delhi).

Jyotindra Bhatt also exhibited his assorted artwork in various group exhibitions, such as “The Living Insignia” showcased at the Gallery Ensign (New Delhi), “Symbols and Metaphors” exhibited at the Centre of International Modern Art (Kolkata), “Baroda: A Tale of Two Cities- Part I” demonstrated at the Sarjan Art Gallery (Vadodara), “Super Six Photographic Exhibition” organized by the Jindal Photo Limited, “Icons and Symbols” presented at the Centre for International Modern Art (Kolkata), “Painters With Camera” showcased in Mumbai, “Through Indian Eyes” organized at the Indian Photographers Show held in Holland, and “Group 1890 Show” held in New Delhi.

Awards and Accolades

Mr. Bhatt received Cultural Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture & Education (Government of India) in 1956. In 1963-64, he was awarded with the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi (New Delhi). In 1967, he won Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal from International Print Biennale (Italy), Bombay Art Society (Mumbai), and Nikon World Photo Contest (Japan) respectively. He was honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy Of Visual Media (New Delhi) in 2005.

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