Abdulrahim Appabhai Almelkar1920-1982
A. A. Almelkar was born in Ahemdabad, Gujarat in 1920.
From 1935-1940 he got his art education in Nutan Kala Mandir, Bombay under the guidance of Shri. G.S. Dandavatimath. He joined Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai and got his Govt. Diploma in Drawing and Painting in 1948. In 1948 he became the principal of Nutan Kala Mandir, Bombay.
In 1940 he started sending paintings for Bombay Art Society Annual Exhibitions and participated in All India Exhibitions at Calcutta, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Madras, Amritsar, Mysore and Ahmedabad. In 1954 he had a one man show, `From Ashes to Life` in Bombay. In 1966 he participated in the National Art Exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. He had 40 one man shows held in India and various other countries such as Ceylon, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. In 1982 he had a solo exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
In 1948 he won the Governor's award at Bombay Art Society exhibition held at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. In 1954 he won the Gold Medal at Bombay Art Society exhibition held at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. This was followed by series of prestigious awards from Art Society of India in 1955 to Lalit Kala Academy Award in 1956 and 1960.
Almelkar passed away in 1982.
In 2003 he was posthumously exhibited in ‘Manifestation I’ at Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi and Mumbai. In 2010 he was exhibited in ‘Manifestations IV' at Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi. In 2013 he was exhibited in 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art' at Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.