Dattatraya Apte
Dattatraya Apte Dattatraya Apte Dattatraya Apte

Dattatraya Apte

Dattatraya Apte

Dattatraya Apte

b - 1953

Dattatraya Apte

Born on 11 April 1953 in Sangli, Maharashtra, Dattatraya Apte grew up in a culturally-charged household.

Apte's father was a teacher and used to make Ganehsa idols for puja at home, a skill that young Apte learnt early on. He also learnt to paint photographs and retouch negatives with an uncle who was a photographer.

Though Apte enrolled at Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay, to study sculpture, he eventually trained at Pune’s Abhinav Kala Vidyalaya. He next went to M. S. University, Baroda, for a post diploma in printmaking that he obtained in 1980.

Maps and cartography are a strong presence in Apte’s prints, which stand out for his emphasis on texture, often resulting in relief-like effects. J. D. Gondharekar, former dean of Sir J. J. School of Art, was an early inspiration to whom Apte credits his series of works on monuments and historical ruins. He looked up to K. G. Subramanyan for his spontaneity, and Jeram Patel for his intensity.

Besides printmaking, Apte also works with paper pulp for the surprise it offers while being cast. He has taught printmaking at various workshops in India, Nepal and France, and curated several graphic print exhibitions. He won the 1992 Chitrakala Parishad award in Bangalore, and the 1999 Charles Wallace India Trust award to work under Prof. Jaky Pery at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. He won the Lalit Kala Akademi’s national award in 2004, and lives and works in New Delhi.

‘Art is not to be seen in a cage or a frame. It has to be seen in every walk of life’



dag exhibitions

‘Navrasa: The Nine Emotions of Art’

DAG, Mumbai and New Delhi, 2020

‘Home is a Place: Interiority in Indian Art’

DAG, New Delhi, 2021

notable collections

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

College of Art, New Delhi

Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda

Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.