Rajendra Dhawan is born in New Delhi.
Studies at the Delhi Polytechnic (now College of Art, New Delhi).
Exhibits his work for the first time as part of 'Seven Painters' at All
India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi, with other artists.
Co-founds group The Unknown with Eric Bowen, Paramjit Singh,
Arpita Dutta, R. K. Bhatnagar, S. S. Vohra, Ved Nayar, Nand Katyal
and others. The group holds its first exhibition the same year. In all,
it holds three exhibitions from 1961-63, and disbands after a fourth
exhibition showcasing graphics and terracotta sculptures.
Studies at Belgrade Institute of Art (till 1962), Yugoslavia.
Returns from Belgrade and works as an artist, holding a number of shows, and also teaching art at a college in Phagwara, Punjab.
Has a solo show at Delhi Silpi Chakra.
Receives a grant to travel to Yugoslavia and stays there for two
Is part of group show 'Cinq Peintres Indiens' at Ecole des Beaux-Arts,
Leaves India to go to Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, settles there, only
making infrequent visits to New Delhi for a few exhibitions thereafter.
Has a solo show at Gallery du Haut-Pav’e, Paris.
Gallery Horn, Luxembourg, presents his solo show.
Has a solo show in Gallery du Haut-Pav’e, Paris.
Participates in group show, ’35 Anniversary de la Galerie du Haut-
Pav’e, Gallery du Cygne, Paris, in honour of its thirty-fifth anniversary.
Exhibits in a group exhibition at Gallery du Haut-Pav’e, Paris.
Has a solo exhibition at Gallery Phillippe Bouakia, Paris.
Participates in Three Biennale des Gravures, Bhopal.
Participates in the Six Biennale des Art Competition.
Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, presents a solo show of his recent
paintings. Olivier Beer writes a poem, ‘Composition’, for the catalogue.
Is part of group show ‘Five Indian Painters’ in France.
Exhibits in Museum Gallery, Mumbai. By now, his work is well
recognised among Indian collectors for its soliloquies of restrained
emotion. Even though Dhawan himself remains an absent artist—
moving out rarely from his Paris studio—his work continues to gain
traction for its ability to fuse abstraction with eloquent sentiment.
Dhawan’s works are part of a travelling exhibition by Bodhi
Art Gallery, ‘Expanding Horizons: Contemporary Indian Art’ in
Mumbai, Amravati, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Pune, and Nashik.
Is part of group show, ‘Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian
Modern Art’, at Grosvenor Gallery, London.
Artist Prabhakar Kolte in the catalogue for Gallery Threshold’s
exhibition on Dhawan: ‘Many artists paint what they see, he painted
what he sensed. Space, air and other occult things were his enduring
Passes away on October 31 in Paris.
Paris-based filmmaker Laurent Bregeat directs a short film on
Dhawan. It previews at Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris.