Krishen Khanna

Born in Lyallpur (now Faislabad, Pakistan), in pre-partition India, he attended evening classes at the Mayo School of Art, Lahore. Krishen Khanna moved to Shimla during the partition. After arriving in India he took up a post with the Grindlays Bank and was placed in Mumbai. Khanna was invited to join the Progressive Artists’ Group with who he remained in active association. He was awarded the Rockefeller Fellowship in 1962 and was Artist-in-Residence at the American University in Washington in 1963-64. Apart from several one man shows he has participated in group shows like the Tokyo Biennale 1957 and 1961, the Sao Paulo Biennale 1960, the Venice Biennale 1962, the Festival of India in the then USSR and Japanin 1987 and 1988. He won the National Award of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1965, the Gold Medal at the First Triennale of Contemporary World Art, New Delhi in 1968. He was a recipient of Padma Shree, awarded in 1990. Many publications have been brought out on him and on his works which include ‘Krishen Khanna: Images in My Time’ in 2007. Lives and works in New Delhi.