Provenance : Property from a collection based in Mumbai. Artwork originally from the collection of Davida & Chester Herwitz
Height of the figure - 6ft
Sohan Qadri, a poet, yogi and a painter from India, was born on 2nd November, 1932 in the village of Chachoki, in the Kapurthala district of Punjab, in British India. His mother was Hindu and his father was Sikh. As a child, he was immensely intrigued by the spiritual lifestyle. Both his gurus, Bikham Giri, a yogi, and Ahmed Ali Shah Qadri, a Sufi, taught him the art of meditation, dance and music. Qadri, who was the first village child to have gained matriculation, instead completed his three-year undergraduate degree at Ram Garhia College and pursued his art by apprenticing himself to Pyara Singh, a photographer with a studio in Jullandhar, Punjab. After his mentor left, he migrated to Bombay where he discovered the JJ School of Arts and the wide array of formal training he could receive to better himself. He searched for subject matter that would enhance his spiritual experiences, encouraging him to merge meditative tranquillity and art. He used ink, dye, oil as his primary mediums, incorporating the use of vibrant colours which would eventually turn a two dimensional into a three dimensional artwork. The integration of Tantric imagery and modern minimalism, earned him the title of a “Tantric yogi artist”. He received his MFA from the Government college of Art, Simla. He travelled extensively to South Africa, Paris, Zurich and North America. He died on 2nd March, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.