Gopi Gajwani (born Sind, India 1938) is a painter, photographer, designer, and cartoonist from New Delhi, India. He graduated from the Delhi School of Art in 1959 with a degree in Graphic Designing.

Gajwani was a designer at the American Centre for twenty-nine years, creating posters for plays, films, dances, and workshops, both home-grown and foreign. He contributed cartoons and caricatures to the magazine Span and other publications, besides working as an illustrator. Gajwani designed several coffee table books, some with his own photographs. He also worked as a filmmaker, making experimental short films from 1973 to 2014. His short films, including Time(1973) and The End (1974) were shown in Lalit Kala Akademi’s Art in Cinema programme.

As a painter, Gajwani had numerous one-man shows at the Shridharani Art Gallery in New Delhi. He also participated in over a hundred group shows in New Delhi and Mumbai, as well as countries outside India.

The buoyancy of a colour conveyed in whispers, the fluid movement of a stroke in no hurry, the echoing sound of a line suspended in space, Gopi Gajwani brings their essence to us through numerous eloquent encounters in his paintings. His art practice reaffirms direct correspondences between disparate sensory experiences as much as it endorses how each of our senses are capable of doing more than what they are assigned to do. His listening eye has over the years, made us engage with nuances of visual music brilliantly evoked through graphic and tonal notations. Gopi’s floating, delicate, thread-like lines drawn with the kinesthetic rhythm of the free hand, gently stir the surface, awakening the dormant space with a visual whisper, even a melody unanchored, or a symphony resonating across the page. One is struck by the gentility of form that has come to become his quintessential (painted) image, much like his own persona.

The economy of expression and the subtlety of emotion is what Gopi has come to master over the years in his artistic practice. One is moved to believe that when grace exceeds measure and spirit takes over matter, art begins to embrace the meaning of life.



GOPI GAJWANI: Born in 1939
Studied at the Delhi School of Art, New Delhi

One-man shows:
Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1966, 1968,
1970, 1975, 1976, 1981, 1983, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998,
2000, 2003, 2005, 2017
USIS Bombay, 1977
Art Heritage, New Delhi, 1978
USIS New Delhi, 1987
Dhoomi Mal Gallery, New Delhi, 1988
Taj Art Gallery, Bombay, 1994
Gallery Espace, New Delhi, 1995
Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, 1996
ABC Art Gallery, Varanasi, 1997
Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, 2003

Participation in:
Delhi Silpi Chakra, New Delhi, 1967
National Exhibition of Art, New Delhi, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1981, 1982 ‘A Tribute’, New Delhi, 1972
‘Art Today’, Kunika Chemould Art Centre, New Delhi, 1972 ‘Art ‘72’, Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, 1972
Graphics & Drawings, Black Partridge Gallery, New Delhi, 1975 Artists’ Forum, Gallery 26, New Delhi, 1976 53 Artists of Delhi, New Delhi, 1979
Lalit Kala Trade Fair Exhibition, New Delhi, 1979 Contemporary Paintings in Miniature Format, New Delhi, 1980 6th Triennale-India, New Delhi, 1986
Festival International de La Bande Dessinee, Sierre, Switzerland, 1987

Art for CRY, New Delhi, 1988
LTG Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1990
‘A Tribute to Nelson Mandela’, LTG Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1990 ‘Artists of the Decade’, Habiart Gallery, New Delhi, 1991 ‘Pioneers to the New Generation’, Artsacre, Calcutta, 1992
‘The Multidimensions’, Kriti Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1992 ‘Petals of Offering’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1992 Art Camp, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1992 Srishti Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1992

‘An Immediate Look’, Habiart Gallery, New Delhi, 1992 ‘Drawing ‘94’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, 1994 Korea-Indo Art, New Delhi, 1995
‘Vision ‘95’, Urusvati Centre for Contemporary Art, New Delhi, 1995 ‘A Homage’, LTG Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1995
‘Images on Paper’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi, 1996 Pyong-Taek International Art Festival, Korea, 1996 ‘Images on Paper’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi, 1996 International Triennial of Painting, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1996 ‘The End of Silence’, Gallery Mirage, New Delhi, 1997 ‘Tribute to Mother Teresa’, Gallery Art Indus, New Delhi, 1997 ‘Art Access Week’, Birla Academy of Art, Bombay, 1998
‘Artists for a Sustainable World’, Academy for fine Arts & Literature, New Delhi, 1998
‘The Probing Eye’, Photographic impressions, Art Indus & Apeejay Surendra Group, New Delhi, 1998
‘Unending Race’, An abstract show, Art Junction, New Delhi, 1998 ‘Jodhpur Musings’, WelcomHeritage & Gallerie Ganesha,
New Delhi, 1998
‘Prayas’, AIFACS, New Delhi, 1998
‘Masters for a child’, Ashraya, Dubai, 1998
‘Water Colour & Contemporary Painting’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi, 1999

 

‘Woman/Goddess’, Exhibition of Photographs, British Council, New Delhi, 1999
‘Art Access Week’-III, Birla Academy of Art, Bombay, 1999 ‘Twelve Months into Life’, Art Junction, New Delhi, 1999 ‘Tenth Anniversary’, Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi, 1999 ‘Delhi through the eyes of Indian artist’, Moscow & NGMA,
New Delhi, 1999
‘A decade of the gallery at the turn of the century’ LTG Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1999
‘Art Access Week-IV, Birla Academy of Art, Bombay, 2000 ‘Millennium Annual 2000’, Birla Academi of Art & Culture,
Calcutta, 2000
‘The Eternal Embrace’, A tribute to universal motherhood, Axis International, Dubai, 2000
‘Abstract Contemporary Indian Art’, Gallery Art Motif,
New Delhi, 2001
‘The Harmony Show’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai, 2001
Rossi & Rossi Gallery, London, 2001
‘Art Access Week-V, Birla Academy of Art, Bombay, 2001 ‘Harvest 2001’, Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2001 ‘Twelth Anniversary’, Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi, 2001 ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi, 2001 ‘Fifteen Contemporaries’, AIFACS, New Delhi, 2001 India-Korea Contemporary Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi,
New Delhi, 2002
35th Anniversary, Birla Academi of Art & Culture, Calcutta, 2002 Art Access Week-VI, Birla Academy of Art, Bombay, 2002 ‘Harvest 2002’, Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2002
‘The Art of Abstract’, Gallery Anant, New Delhi, 2002 ‘Only Connect—­The essence of Life’, Gallery Art Alive,
New Delhi, 2002
‘Lokraag’, Gallery Art Pilgrim, New Delhi, 2002
‘Landscapes and Contemporary Indian Painting’
Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi, 2002
‘Korea-India’—Contemporary Art Exhibition,
Kwang Hwa Moon Gallery, Seoul, Korea, 2003
‘An Expression of Art’, Vyakt Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2003 ‘Chitrangan’, Rotary Club of Calcutta, Kolkata, 2004 ‘Art for Vision’, Sankara Nethralaya,

Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2004
‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi, 2005 India-Korea Contemporary Art Exhibition, Gallery Montage
Arts, India Habitat Centre , New Delhi, 2005
‘Resonance’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2005
‘Still-Life—The Inscrutable Genre’, Gallery Art Motif,
New Delhi, 2005
‘Devotion’, Gallery Art Positive, New Delhi, 2005
‘Jaisalmer Yellow’, Exhibition from art camp from
SAARC countries, New Delhi, 2007
‘Pastels’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi, 2008
‘Continuum’, Udayan Care, New Delhi, 2008
Art for Freedom, Tehelka, June 2008, London
‘Keep Drawing’ Gallery Espace, New Delhi, 2008
‘Contemporary Drawings’, Gallery Art Motif,
New Delhi, 2009
‘Art Celebrates 2010’ Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2010 ‘Canvases for Change’, Modicare Foundation, Stainless Gallery,
New Delhi, 2011
‘Visual Ventures’, Emami Chisel Art, Kolkata, 2011
‘Own an Original’, Gallery Art and Aesthetic, New Delhi, 2013