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Tyeb Mehta was born in Gujarat on 26th July, 1925. He started his career as a film editor. However he was interested in art and painting and therefore he joined Sir JJ School of Art in Mumbai in 1947. He studied painting there for 5 years.

Tyeb Mehta took part in a number of group exhibitions. He structured his first ever solo display exhibition of his paintings and sculptures in 1959 at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai. He also participated in numerous worldwide shows like Ten Contemporary Indian Painter in the U.S. in 1965, Deuxieme Biennial Internationale de Menton in 1974, Festival Internationale de la Peinture, Cagnes – Sur – Mer, in 1974 in France. Modem Indian Paintings in 1982 at Hirschhom Museum in Washington and Seven Indian Painters at Gallerie Le Monde de U art in 1994 in Paris.
Tyeb Mehta’s works have also been displayed in the Museum of Modern Art at the Oxford, England and the Hirshhorn Museum.

Tyeb Mehta holds the record for the highest price an Indian painting has ever been auctioned for. His works were the first ever to be sold for over a million dollars. This also signified a rapid growing interest by the global market in Indian art.

Tyeb Mehta was felicitated with various awards and honors. He received the Rockefeller Fellowship in 1968, on which he visited the U.S. He also received the Kalidas Samman from the Madhya Pradesh Government in 1988. Recently, he was awarded the Dayawati Modi Foundation Award for Art, Culture and Education in 2005 and the Padma Bhushan in 2007.

Tyeb Mehta’s implausible works of art over more than six decades has instituted him as one of the greatest personality of contemporary Indian art. He lived in Mumbai with his wife Sakina and his two children. He died on 2nd July, 2009 following a heart attack.

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