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April 15 - World Art Day: Here's A Look At The Most Incredible Indian Artists Ever

India has given birth to many genius artists over the years.

Each year, on the fifteenth of April, World Art Day is observed to spread awareness about cultural activities worldwide and help reinforce the connection between artistic creations and society. On this day, several exhibitions are held across the world to commemorate the contribution of artists to our lives.

India has a rich history of art spanning thousands of years. Since ancient times, the country has given birth to many artists whose works have shaped the entire world of art.

On the occasion of World Art Day, we have compiled a list of India’s most incredible artists ever.

Raja Ravi Varma

Raja Ravi Varma is arguably the most famous Indian artist ever and is also considered among the greatest in world history. He was trained in water painting by Rama Swami Naidu and in oil painting by Dutch portraitist Theodor Jenson. He blended European academic art techniques with Indian sensibility and iconography.

He made lithographs of his paintings available to the public, which increased the popularity of fine art among common people.


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His most famous works are the depictions of Hindu deities and portrayals of stories from Indian epic poetry and mythology.

Maqbool Fida Husain

Maqbool Fida Husain (popularly known as “Picasso of India”) was one of the founding members of the Bombay Progressive Artists' Group. Husain is worldwide celebrated for various reasons, mostly because of his bold and vibrantly colored narrative paintings in a modified Cubist style.


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Husain worked on a variety of themes such as Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the British Raj, and motifs of Indian urban and rural life. He depicted the traditional deities of India in non-traditional ways, which caused controversy at the time.

He received numerous accolades including the Padma Shri in 1966, Padma Bhushan in 1973, and Padma Vibhushan in 1991.

Jamini Roy

A student of Abanindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy began his career as a commissioned portrait painter. In the early 1920s, he discovered his own style, which was based on Bengali folk traditions. In his paintings, he depicted the real essence of simplicity among folk people living in Bengal.

He produced about 20,000 paintings in his lifetime, most of which are still considered textbooks for art geeks. Also, he made art accessible to common people and gave Indian contemporary art a new dimension.


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His most notable works include 'Ramayana', 'Bride and Two Companions', 'Dual Cats with one Crayfish', etc.

Special Mentions: 

Besides the above-mentioned names, the list also includes Nandalal Bose, S. H. Raza, Rabindranath Tagore, and Abanindranath Tagore, among others.