Is born in Simla on 28 August, is brought up in Simla and Delhi; his
father manages Cecil Hotel in Civil Lines, Delhi.
Holds his first solo show at Hotel Nedou’s, Srinagar.
Presents his first solo show as a trained artist with Delhi Silpi Chakra,
Joins the faculty of his alma mater, where he teaches until 1956; his
students include Paramjit Singh, Arpita Singh and Gopi Gajwani.
Wins the Lalit Kala Akademi prize for his painting, Trees; the painting
is acquired by the National Gallery of Modern Art.
Marries Prem Lata, a fellow student at Delhi Polytechnic and an
Moves to London to join his wife Prem Lata, where she is offered
scholarship to study art. In subsequent years, he travels through
Europe and America, eventually settling in London where the true
flowering of his individual idiom begins.
Palpable influence of Picasso and Paul Klee in his work; studies the
techniques and language of Vincent van Gogh and Chaïm Soutine;
finds inspiration in European city landscapes.
Holds his first exhibition in London, at the Imperial Institute.
The Guardian’s art critic George Butcher pronounces him ‘a new painter of great ability’ and attributes it to ‘the glowing sensuality of
Chandra’s colour, and the symbolic sexual references inherent in the
imagery of Hinduism’; in a later issue of the same paper, Eric Newton
indicates that ‘Chandra’s nearest counterpart in Western art is to be
found in the work of Paul Klee’.
In an essay in Studio, former Indian Civil Services officer and art
historian W. G. Archer hails the artist ‘as one of the most significant
modern Indian artists since Independence’.
Wins Prix Européen, Ostend, Belgium.
Is featured in a BBC documentary, The Art of Avinash Chandra, part
of its Monitor series, with narration by W. G. Archer.
Exhibition in West Bristol.
Travels to India.
Becomes the first Indian artist to exhibit at Documenta in Kassel,
Is commissioned a glass mural for the new building of glass
manufacturers Pilkington Brothers, designed by Maxwell Fry,
featuring 15 other artists. Chandra’s mural measures 37 ft by 9 ft.
Is awarded the John D. Rockefeller III Fund fellowship and arrives in
Becomes the first Indian artist to be shown at Tate Britain, London.
Wins a fellowship by the Fairfield Foundation, U.S.A., to travel and
study in the country.
Holds his first exhibition in the U.S., in Philadelphia. Completes a glass mural for Chappell Music Publishing Company,
Female body remains a recurrent theme throughout his career,
which begins with elegant line drawings, evolving into implicit, erotic
drawings in the Seventies, and making way for female anatomy
reduced to shapes suspended in a space invaded by phallocentric
forms later on.
Returns to London to live and work.
His wife Prem Lata passes away.
Makes glass sculptures.
Marries Jamaican actor Valerie Murray.
Joins Indian Artists UK, a collective of Indian artists living and working
in London, which was formed as the Indian Painters Collective in
London in 1963.
Works shown at October Gallery, London.
Exhibits at National Theatre, London.
Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, hosts an exhibition of his paintings.
Works become more floral, inspired by his travels to Jamaica.
Hamilton Galleries as well as Hayward Gallery, both in London, host
His last show is at Hayward Gallery, London, in November 1989 that
tours Wolverhampton Art Gallery (March 1990) and Manchester Art
Gallery (May-June 1990); the landmark exhibition is titled The Other
Story: Afro-Asian artists in post-war Britain.
Passes away on 15 September in London.
An exhibition of his works is held at Samuel Osborne Gallery, London;
in the catalogue, Dr. Rachel Garfield observes: ‘Chandra’s work is
inflected with the concerns of the modern movement’.
DAG’s retrospective on the artist, Humanscapes, opens at its gallery
in New York. The show travels to New Delhi and Mumbai.
Is featured in a BBC documentary, Whoever Heard of a Black Artist?