Bhanu Shah began his artistic career in 1965 at the M S University of Baroda. He was one of the founding members of the Progressive Painters’ Group in Ahmedabad. Working in a multitude of different mediums, Shah initially created landscape paintings before moving on to depict more abstract scenes. Inspired by Hindustani classical music, especially that of Ajay Chakrabarty, Shah created paintings influenced by the ragas.
Shah’s work has been exhibited globally. His most significant exhibition was in Auckland, New Zealand, and proceeds from the show were donated to the Child Cancer Foundation. Apart from his prolific career as an artist, Shah was also instrumental in setting up the Kite Museum in Ahmedabad. Built by Le Corbusier, the museum has garnered worldwide acclaim, earning Shah the affectionate nickname of Ahmedabad's "Kite Man".
Shah has participated in solo painting exhibitions in India and various parts of world. He was the Director of the Sanskar Kendra Museum, Ahmedabad. He is known for the support he lends to causes across the world. The Gujarat Cancer society is also one of the recipients of funds raised through the sale of his paintings.
Shah has received National awards like the Lalit Kala in New Delhi, Gaurav Puraskar by the Government of Gujarat and various other awards and honours. He has also participated and represented India at International Kites festivals in various parts of the world.
The artist currently lives and works in Mumbai.
His exhibit with us is an oil on canvas made in 2018.