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(1932 – 2011), India

Sohan Qadri Biography

Artist, poet and Tantric guru Sohan Qadri (1932–2011) is one of the only internationally acclaimed artists deeply engaged with spirituality. Qadri abandoned representation early on in his long career, incorporating Tantric symbolism and philosophy into his vibrantly coloured minimalist works. Born in India, he was initiated into yogic practice at age seven. In 1965, he left India and began a series of travels that took him to East Africa, North America, Paris and Zurich. 

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Settling in Copenhagen, Mr. Qadri participated in more than forty one-man shows, in Bombay, Vienna, Brussels, London, Oslo, Stockholm, Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. He distilled Tantric symbolism into his own abstract, modernist language using broad areas of open colour, capturing the northern landscape and sky of his Scandinavian surroundings. Although he began his career in the 1950s painting in oil on canvas, he worked on paper from the 1970s onward. He covered the surface of the paper with structural effects by soaking it in liquid and carving it in several stages while applying inks and dyes. In the process, the paper was transformed from a flat, two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional medium. The repetition of careful incisions on the paper was an integral part of his meditation—and, in fact, his process evolved out of his desire for an effortless method of creation in tune with his yogic practice. 

Sohan Qadri’s works are included in numerous collections, including those of the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts; the Rubin Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; as well as the private collections of Cirque du Soleil, Heinrich Böll and Dr. Robert Thurman.

In 2011, noted Italian fine-art publisher Skira Editore released Sohan Qadri: The Seer, a monograph with more than eighty colour plates of Qadri’s canvas and paper works from the 1960s to 2011. Scholarly essays by Partha Mitter, Donald Kuspit and Tushara Bindu Gude chronicle his artistic development and the complex philosophy underpinning his work.

Text courtesy Sundaram Tagore Gallery.

Sohan Qadri Featured Artworks

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Amrita IV by Sohan Qadri contemporary artwork
Sohan QadriAmrita IV, 2007Ink and dye on paper
139.7 x 99.1 cm
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Amisha III by Sohan Qadri contemporary artwork
Sohan QadriAmisha III, 2007Ink and dye on paper
99.1 x 68.6 cm
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Vana by Sohan Qadri contemporary artwork
Sohan QadriVana, 2007Ink and dye on paper
39 x 27 inches
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Bhakti by Sohan Qadri contemporary artwork
Sohan QadriBhakti, 2009Ink and dye on paper
39 x 27 inches
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Ananda XIII by Sohan Qadri contemporary artwork
Sohan QadriAnanda XIII, 2009Ink and dye on paper
139.7 x 99.1 cm
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Agamas III by Sohan Qadri contemporary artwork
Sohan QadriAgamas III, 2008Ink and dye on paper
139.7 x 99.1 cm
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Abhasa I by Sohan Qadri contemporary artwork
Sohan QadriAbhasa I, 2008Ink and dye on paper
55 x 39 inches
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Homa IV by Sohan Qadri contemporary artwork
Sohan QadriHoma IV, 2010Ink and dye on paper
55 x 39.5 inches
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Sohan Qadri Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Surface Rhythm at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
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27 February–28 March 2020 Group Exhibition Surface Rhythm Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Summer Group Show at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
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25 July–30 August 2019 Group Exhibition Summer Group Show Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Singapore Summer Show at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
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13 June–10 August 2019 Group Exhibition Singapore Summer Show Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore

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