Gieve Patel Indian, b. 1940


Born in Mumbai in 1940, Gieve Patel is a renowned playwright, poet, artist and a practicing physician. He completed his medical degree from Grant Medical College, Mumbai, and embarked on his writing career with the publication of Poems, launched by Nissim Ezekiel in 1966. That same year Patel also held his first exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.


Patel has participated in numerous major exhibitions in India and abroad. Some of his major exhibitions include a solo show of paintings at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi (2004); ‘The Startling View from the Studio’ – Recent Paintings by Gieve Patel and Sudhir Patwardhan, Bose Pacia, New York (2006); Gateaway Bombay, a group show curated by Susan S. Bean with Beth Citron at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts (2007); ‘No Parsi is an Island’, a group exhibition at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, (2016); and ‘Footboard Rider’, a solo exhibition at the Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai (2017).


He has been awarded the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in 1984; the Rockefeller Fellowship in 1992, and been the C.R. Parekh Writer-in-Residence, Norman Foundation Grant at the University of Pennsylvania, in 2003.

The artist lives and works in Mumbai.

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