Gieve Patel was born in Mumbai in 1940. He is a man of many shades - a practicing general physician, a self-taught artist, a poet, and a playwright - all at the same time. His first show was held in Mumbai in 1966. Thereafter, he has held several shows in India as well as abroad. He was a participant in India: Myth and Reality, Oxford, 1982, and the Menton Biennale, France, 1976. Patel has also been an exhibitor for Indian Art from the Herwitz collection, Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts, and "Coups de Coeur" Geneva, 1987.
Patel draws his inspiration from various human situations. He sees a sense of poetry even in the rough situations that humans have to face and his paintings are a manifestation of this. The common man doing everyday things are a regular feature of his work. His paintings reveal that he is a keen observer: the clothes, the postures, and the stances that he encounters every day are faithfully reproduced in his work.
Patel lives and works in Mumbai.
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