Gujral has been internationally acclaimed for his multi-talents of painting, graphics, sculpture, murals, architecture and interior design. He was born in Jhelum, Punjab, in 1925. Entombed in silence in his early years as a result of his hearing being impaired, he would draw and read Urdu literature, and in 1939 joined the Mayo School of Art in Lahore. In 1944 he joined the JJ School of Art in Bombay where he came into contact with the Progressive Artists Group (PAG). Unable to accept their European vocabulary or their techniques, he searched for a more traditional Indian modernism. He is also known for his large murals, commissioned around India and abroad.
Gujral served as an apprentice of Mexican Masters Diego Reviera and David Alfaro Sequiros in the early fifties. From 1952 to 1974 Gujral had shows all around the world and has won numerous national and international awards. He lives and works in New Delhi.SATISH GUJRAL is one of the pioneers of Contemporary Indian Art in post independence phase.
The Belgian Government honoured Gujral with the “ORDER OF THE CROWN” for designing the Belgian Embassy. The only non-Belgian Architect ever to win this distinction. The same building was selected by International Jury among 1000 most outstanding buildings built in the 20th Century around the World. His name is included in the “International Dictionary of Art” published by Macmillan, U.K, the dictionary is of World Art through the Ages and included only 40,000 names. He is three times National Award Winner: Twice for Painting and once for Sculpture. He is also honoured by both Delhi and Punjab State as well as Shanti Niketan with its highest honour “Desikottama”. He was honoured by Mexico`s International Award for “Life Time Achievements” (Da Vinci Award). His experiments cover almost all spheres that fall under the umbrella of Plastic Art, Graphics, Paintings, Sculpture Murals, Object Design and Architecture. Six books of his works have been published. Plus an autobiography “A Brush With Life”. Several films have been made documenting his work and life. A full length feature film based on his autobiography is in the making.
In recognition of his national and international achievements, “Delhi Citizen Council” in 1989 honoured him as one of the twenty five most prominent of its Citizens with the most significant contributions to the prestige of the city made in the last quarter century. It is in recognition of these achievements that the President of India honoured Satish Gujral in the year 1999 with “Padma Vibhushan”, the second highest honour awarded by the State.