Jyoti Bhatt is one of India’s most eminent printmakers as well as a distinguished photographer. His images of vanishing art and culture in rural India has provided valuable documentation of indigenous forms of art that have informed and inspired his own highly inventive images that are both playful and potent. Having lived in New York City in the late 1960’s through grants from the Fulbright and Rockefeller Foundations, as well as travel and study in Europe, Bhatt’s prints and paintings throughout the decades have drawn from a wealth of visual, textual and experiential sources grounded in abundantly rich and diverse forms of traditional, folk, ritual and popular art unique to India. Integral to Bhatt’s legacy as an artist has been his involvement as a student and later professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts, the M.S. University of Baroda where he was a founding member of the experimental modernist “Baroda School” of Art and Group 1890.
Jyoti Bhatt was born in Bhavnagar in 1934. He studied painting and graphic arts at the M.S. University of Baroda, mural painting in Rajasthan and Naples, and printmaking at Pratt Institute in New York. He lives and works in Vadadora. Over his long and distinguished career Bhatt has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards. His work is included in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Smithsonian Institution, The British Museum, and The National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi. A monograph on his work “Parallels that Meet; Paintings, Prints, Photographs” was published by Delhi Art Gallery.
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