Adi Davierwalla

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Adi Davierwalla

Adi Davierwalla was a self-taught sculptor, greatly influenced by Epstein and Henry Moore. Indeed, no young sculptor of the times could escape the influence of these giants in the years between the wars and later. However, Davierwalla was gifted and innovative enough to imbibe these influences and then create sculptures that were both original and individualistic.
Born in 1922, Davierwalla was educated in Bombay and qualified as a pharmaceutical chemist. Drawn towards sculpting, he received some guidance in its basic techniques from the late N.G. Pasare. He began with wood as his medium and gradually went on to work with stone, marble, bronze, and steel. He started exhibiting in Bombay in1950, where he was to hold six individual shows. Davierwalla also won several awards- he received first prize at the State Art Exhibition (1957), the gold medal at the All India Sculptor’s Show (1957), and the National Award (1965).
His sculptures were displayed in the Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil, and in the Venice Biennale in 1963 and 1966 respectively. In 1969 his works were included in the traveling exhibition of International Education in the U.S.A and in the following year in a group show organized by the Coray Gallery in Zurich. He was the recipient of the D.Rockefeller III Fellowship in 1968, and in the same year, his show was sponsored by the Bertha Schaifer Gallery, New York.
Davierwalla’s executed large sculptures for the Atomic Energy Establishment, Larsen, and Toubro, and the Life Insurance Corporation. His works are included in several public and private collections in India and abroad.

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