Is born in Baler in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district; develops a
keen interest in painting at an early age, initiated by a wandering
sadhu of the Ram Snehi sect.
Has his first exhibition at Fine Arts and Crafts Society, Calcutta.
Releases a publication of his works, titled Vijayvargiya Picture Album.
Receives the Maharaja Patiala Award, Punjab.
Establishes his name in the Indian art world when he sells over one
thousand paintings by the age of thirty—many of which are inspired
by Kalidasa’s plays, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, Persian
poets, Omar Khayyam, Sadi and Hafiz, and the medieval poet Bihari’s
Satsai—resulting in his line-work, often hailed as akin to poetry itself. His rendering of Omar Khayyam is masterly drawn in a manner
that shows his free spirited and distinctive style with Ajanta-like
characteristics of gracefully curving bodies, soft smiling mouths, half-closed,
doe-like eyes, sinuous arms, and long, tapering fingers
His paintings are frequently reproduced in Modern Review and Amrita
Bazar Patrika (both in English), and Prabasi and Basumati (both in
Bengali), besides Gujarati and Hindi magazines.
Releases his Meghdoot Chitravali picture book on the fictional
character of the Cloud Messenger, where the influence of the Bengal
School is evident in his Ajanta-like figures; the soft, dreamy rhythmic
quality of his calligraphic lines, and watercolour palette.
Publishes the picture book Behari Chitravali, possibly a depiction of
the Beharia village in Birbhum district of West Bengal.
Is principal of Rajasthan Kala Mandir and Rajasthan School of Art, Jaipur.
Publishes the picture book, Rajasthani Paintings. Unearthing
traditional court paintings led to his second genre of paintings—
vignettes of vividly coloured Rajasthani life, linear studies of rustic
simplicity of work and play, and the whirl of fairs and festivals. Publishes Rajasthani Chitrakala, a book on Rajasthan paintings, with
the help of Vijaivargiya Kala Mandal, Jaipur.
Is awarded the Lalit Kala Akademi award in Rajasthan. Is vice-president of Lalit Kala Akademi, Rajasthan.
Continues to paint. He is a prominent figure in Rajasthan in respect of
his mythological paintings.
Is awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in recognition
of his efforts at sustaining the tradition of local art, as distinct from
miniature art, while infusing it with a modern spirit.
A monograph on the artist is published by Lalit Kala Akademi.
Is awarded Lalit Kala Akademi’s fellowship and a retrospective of his
forty-year career is held in New Delhi on the occasion.
His biography, Roopankar, is released.
Releases Volume II Paintings of his biography Roopankar.
A retrospective is held at Kumar Gallery, New Delhi.
His books of fiction, Mehndi Lage Haath aur Kajal Bhari Ankhen,
Vasanti and Madhyam Marg are all released this year.
Hindi Sahitya Sammelan honours him with the Sahitya Vachaspati
award for literature.
The Vijaiavargiya Memorial Trust, Jaipur, releases a book of poetry,
Nisarga, Mañjari, in his honour.