Dhiraj Choudhury (b 1936)
Educated at the Govt.College of Art & Craft,Kolkata & the Delhi College of Art, Dhiraj Choudhury(1936-2018) went on to become the professor & head of the Delhi College of Art where he served for over 30 years, training some of the best contemporary painters today. Having over 120 solo shows in India & Abroad to his name, he received as many as 15 awards including the Highest National Award by the Govt.of India. A painter as well as a muralist & a writer, his public works can be found in the South of France, England & New York. Some of his books are-“South of France through the Painter’s Eye” & “Kolkata through the eyes of Dhiraj Choudhury. His art is closely associated with life,humanity & humanism.Some of his former students are Former First Lady, Late Suvra Mukherjee, Sanjay Bhattacharya,Paresh Maity etc.
Selected Exhibitions-He is the only Indian Painter to exhibit with Salvador Dali & Joan Miro in Geneva in 1979; “Colours of India” at Bruhl & Uismitt in Germany; “Colours of Love” in New York & Atlanta; “Love” in Edinburgh; “Clowns” at Singapore Cobalt Blue Gallery.
Selected Collections- (NATIONAL) National Gallery of Modern Art,New Delhi; Lalit Kala Academy,New Delhi; Ministry of Education & Department of Culture,India;AIFACS, New Delhi; Rashtrapati Bhavan,New Delhi; Raj Bhavan,New Delhi; Ministry of Commerce,Railway & Tourism,New Delhi; Birla Academy of Art & Culture; Museum of Bengal Modern Art,Kolkata; HUDCO,New Delhi; Times Group,New Delhi; Taj Hotels-Madras & Mumbai; Governor’s House,Srinagar; All India Board of H.S Education,New Delhi; Raj Bhavan,Kolkata; Ashoka Hotel,Bangalore; Indira Gandhi, Pranab Mukherjee, L.K.Advani,Dr.Karan Singh, Tata Group.
(International)- The Victoria & Albert Museum,London; The British Museum,London; Commonwealth Secretariat,London; Singapore National Gallery & Museum,Singapore; Berlin Gallery & Museum; Indian High commission,London; President’s House,Bangladesh; Caparo Industrial Group,London; Bangladesh High Commission,London; Ruthland Medical Centre,Florida,USA; Cobbs Gallery,USA; Asian Art Gallery,Boston; Anderson Parish Association,Florida,USA; Embassy of Belgium,Australia, Netherlands & Singapore;