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While South Asia may not be the king of modern and contemporary art globally, the region is not very far from that reputation if the big names it has produced in the industry are anything to go by. From the likes of Maqbool Fida Husain, Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, and Bhupen Khakhar to Raja Ravi Varma and Nasreen Mohamedi, South Asia has produced some of the finest modern and contemporary artists. Here is a round-down of some of these names.
Maqbool Fida Husain
Yes, Fida may have died in 2011. Still, his near-100 years of existence was worth it, given his immense contribution to South Asia's modern and contemporary art. He is credited with helping in the revolution of Indian art. He is also considered one of the most accomplished modern painters of his generation.
Khakhar is regarded as the first-ever pop artist that India has produced, and he lived between 1934 and 2003. Using pervasive humour and wild colours, Khakhar would paint places and people he met, getting it right every time he held his tools. Through his artistic work, Khakhar disclosed his sexual orientation as if to add weight to the ever-increasing approval of homosexuality in the world. Some of the honours credited to his name include the Padma Shri, the Asian Council's Foundation Fellowship, and the Prince Claus Award.
Vasudeo S. Gaitonde
He's credited with pioneering India's abstract art. He was one of the very few Indian artists who engineered artistic reinvention in India, immediately after the country became independent.