Born on 16 March at Nagaon, Maharashtra. Spends the early years of his life with his grandparents. Famous sculptor Vinayak Pandurang Karmakar is his granduncle.
Enters Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay, influenced by his granduncle,
where he is inspired by Paul Klee. As a reaction against the academic
style, he turns towards abstraction.
Joins Weavers’ Service Centre at Banaras and works closely with
K. G. Subramanyan, Gautam Waghela and Ambadas. The Centre
invites leading artists of the time to collaborate with weavers for a
cross-disciplinary approach towards art. This is an important period
in his career as the tantric philosophy shapes his future artistic
expression. Later influences include the philosophy of Tao and Zen,
with his forms becoming more precise and colours muted.
Is honoured with the Academy of Fine Arts award, Calcutta.
One-man show at Book Bay Gallery, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Wins the Bombay Art Society award.
Returns to Bombay; produces a body of work that becomes part of his
first solo exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery.
Solo show at Taj Art Gallery, Bombay.
Wins the Bombay Art Society award.
Participates in the ‘5th International Young Artists Exhibition’, Tokyo.
Wins a special award instituted by the Japanese newspaper Yoshihari
Shimbun in Tokyo.
Is part of the Indian Pavilion’s ‘Man and His World’ exhibition at the Montreal World Fair, Canada.
Part of the group show, ‘Indian Painters’, shown at Hamburg,
Germany and Zurich, Switzerland.
Participates in the second International Triennale, New Delhi.
Begins to maintain a diary; writes a total of sixty-two dairies, mostly
in Marathi, but a few in English as well.Along with his close set of artist friends, Dilip Ranade, Lalitha Lajmi,
among others, forms an artist group, Astitva (Existence).
Is part of the inaugural group show at Grey Art Gallery, New York
Participates in the third International Triennale, New Delhi. Is awarded the Lalit Kala Akademi award for his painting Blue Cloud, an ode to Kalidasa’s Sanskrit classic Meghdutam.
Wins a Maharashtra state award.
Participates in the group show ‘Pictorial Space’ at Rabindra Bhavan
Galleries, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
Participates in the fourth International Triennale, New Delhi.
Has a solo show in Ahmedabad.
Participates in the fifth Interntional Triennale, New Delhi.
Is part of the group show ‘Modern Indian Paintings’ at Hirshhorn
Museum, Washington, D. C.
Writes a letter to the Camlin Art Foundation for a specific quality of
canvas, free of knots and properly primed. Later, he acknowledges
Camlin’s contribution while urging the brand to be compatible with
Is selected for the U.S. government’s International Visitors programme in 1983 followed by a residency at Yaddo Artists’ Village, Saratoga Springs,
Breaks down many barriers in Indian modern art by presenting the
series, Kora Canvas.
Also a writer, his book on various facets of the creative process, Kora
Canvas, is published in Marathi by Mouj Prakashan. It is translated
into English by novelist Shanta Gokhale and published as The Blank Canvas by Bodhana Publication in 2013.
Has a full-fledged show at Chemould Gallery, Bombay.
Participates in the group show ‘Reflections and Images’, exhibited at
Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, and Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
Passes away on 6 December in Bombay at the age of fifty-nine.
An exhibition of his works is organised by Bodhana Arts and Research
Foundation in Mumbai in 2013.
‘Inside the Box, a Prabhakar Barwe Retrospective’, is curated by
Jesal Thaker at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, 2019. The
exhibition travels the same year to the National Gallery of Modern Art,
New Delhi, as ‘Astitva, a Prabhakar Barwe Retrospective’.