Born in Gothava, Gujarat, on 7 April, one of five children, to a family
of educators and textile hand-printers.
Appointed first art teacher at Chanasma High School. Is provided
funds to attend the C. N. School of Art in Ahmedabad.
Takes up teaching art at The New School. Simultaneously, he enrolls
in a five-year diploma course in art at C. N. School of Art offered by
Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay. Paints murals and frescos. Experiments with cubism.
Graduates from art school and receives a degree in English literature.
Bhavsar works as a freelance display designer, book illustrator and
Joins Progressive Painters of Ahmedabad, becomes its general
secretary. The group includes artists such as Jeram Patel, Shanti
Shah, Piraji Sagara and Sharad Patel, among others.
Is admitted to the Philadelphia Museum College of Art to study
industrial design; leaves Ahmedabad on 25 June.
Has first exhibition at Little Art Gallery, Philadelphia.
Discontinues the industrial design course and applies to study painting
at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Gains admission and a scholarship to study at the University of
Pennsylvania and begins classes in the graduate programme with
Professors Piero Dorazio, Otto Piene, Savelli and Van Dyke. In weekly
seminars, Bhavsar meets and experiences the avant-garde artists
Robert Motherwell, David Smith, Barnett Newman, and the Zero
Group artists from Europe.
Graduates. Receives a JDR 3rd Fund grant and arrives in New York.
Is included in ‘New Talent in Printmaking’ exhibition at Associated
American Artists’ Gallery, New York.
His FAALGUNA is selected for the Whitney Biennial.
Has a solo exhibition at the Max Hutchinson Gallery in New York.
‘Beautiful Painting and Sculpture’ exhibition opens at Jewish Museum
with seven of Bhavsar’s large paintings.
His BHADRA is included in a group exhibition at Reese Palley Gallery
in San Francisco. sul-dha is exhibited at the Jewish Museum, New York, and is
acquired by hoteliers Joan and Roger Sonnabend and later donated
to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Travels to Europe and India.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York acquires Bhavsar’s works. The Jewish Museum acquires a hundred-and-eight
pastel works. Solo exhibition in Sydney, Australia.
Bhavsar holds solo exhibitions in Philadelphia and New York.
Receives John Simons Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship,
Solo exhibition at Suzette Schochet Gallery, Newport.
Two-part solo exhibition at the Max Hutchinson Gallery, New York,
followed by a solo exhibition in Pittsburgh.
Has solo exhibitions in Miami and Houston; his works are shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Collectors Diane and Steve Jacobson acquire Bhavsar’s Yosemite
XII, and donate it to the Guggenheim Museum.
Participates in the second International Triennale at the Lalit Kala
Akademi, New Delhi.
Wichita Art Museum holds a retrospective of Bhavsar’s works on
paper titled ‘Natvar Bhavsar: Encounter with Color’.
Receives Vishva Gurjari Award in Ahmedabad.
Commissioned painting Orpheus is installed at the new Swiss Bank
Corporation building in New York.
ACP Vivian Ehrli Galerie, Zurich, holds a solo exhibition of Bhavsar’s
paintings at Ascone, Switzerland.
‘Natvar Bhavsar: The Dimensions of Color’ is held at Zimmerli Art
Museum, New Brunswick.
Natvar Bhavsar: The Poetics of Color is published, documenting the
art and life of the artist.
Receives the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Grant award
for Creative Contribution to Art.
A documentary film titled The Poetics of Color: Natvar Bhavsar, A Painter’s Journey on the artist is produced.
His Sundervana sells for $53,125 against an estimate of $20,000 – $30,000 at an auction conducted by Doyle in New York.
The exhibition ‘Natvar Bhavsar: Five Decades’ is held at Cara Gallery, NYC.
Features in DAG’s exhibition ‘Memory and Identity: Indian Artists Abroad’ in New York.
His works are also shown at the India Art Fair, New Delhi, and at Masterpiece, London.
‘Natvar Bhavsar: Homecoming’, a retrospective on the artist, is organised by DAG at its gallery in Mumbai.