Mehlli Gobhai (1931 – 2018) was one of the foremost abstract artists in India. After graduating from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, he studied at the Royal College of Art, London and then Pratt Graphic Centre and the Art Students League, New York. He lived and worked in New York for over 20 years, returning to Mumbai in the late 1980’s.


He has held many solo and group shows in India and internationally. His solo exhibitions include 2011 ‘New Works’, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, 2004 ‘Prism of Darkness’ Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, 2002 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, 1995 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, 1992 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, 1980 New India House, New York and 1985 Gallery 7, Mumbai.


His group participations include 2013 ‘Aesthetic Bind: Subject of Death’, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, 2007 1st Anniversary Show, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, 2006 Group show with Nasreen Mohamedi and Zarina Hashmi, Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2004 ‘Subtlety-Minimally’, Sakshi Gallery (curated by Marta Jakimowiez), Mumbai, 2003 Crossing Generations: Diverge 40 years of Gallery Chemould (curated by Geeta Kapur and Chaitanya Sambrani), Mumbai, 2000 ‘A Global View: Indian Artists at Home in the World’, Fine Arts Resource (curated by Bernhard Steinrucke), Berlin, 2000 ‘Intersections: Seven Artistic Dialogues between Abstraction and Figuration’, The Guild Art Gallery (curated by Ranjit Hoskote), Mumbai, 1994 ‘Hinged by Light’, Pundole Art Gallery (curated by Ranjit Hoskote), Mumbai and 1980 ‘Marking Black’, Bronx Museum of the Arts (curated by Madeleine Burnside), New York.


The artist passed away in 2018 in Mumbai.


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