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Shiavax Chavda

Shiavax Cavda born in 1914 at Navsari, Gujarat. He studied at Sir J.J School of Art then he went to Slade School in London in 1935. Chavda’s interpretation of Indian art forms, human and animals was neat and deft strokes were extraordinary subjects in his works. In 1937, he continued his studies at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris. While in Paris, he worked alongside Leon Bakst and Picasso in designing the sets for the Diaghelev Ballet. Chavda's style evolved from the early realistic portrayals to depiction of the personality and character of his subjects but the works always remained optimistic and vibrant, though never dramatic. Chavda travelled extensively in India that was to evolve him to a stylistic. He had his first solo exhibition in Mumbai in 1945, thereafter in Indonesia, Singapore, London, Paris and Switzerland. Between 1956-63, he exhibited with the Bombay Group. His works have also been featured in the UNESCO International exhibition (1946) and the Salon de Mai (1951). A retrospective of his work was held at the Jehangir Art Gallery in 1993. Shiavax Chavda died in 1990.

Shiavax Chavda

The Old Man and his Black Dog, 1964, Oil on Canvas, 102 x 77 cm

Shiavax Chavda

Mobile Circus Family (Maharashtra), 1962, Oil on Canvas, 92 x 76.5 cm

Shiavax Chavda

Dawn, 1962, Oil on Canvas, 76 x 101.5 cm

Shiavax Chavda

Alert, 1965, Oil on Canvas, 69 x 122.5 cm

Shiavax Chavda

Rikshaw Boys (Java), 1958, Oil on Board, 74 x 61.5 cm

Shiavax Chavda

Spinner, 1957, Oil on Board, 73 x 87 cm

 

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