B. Prabha


Untitled (Three women) | New York, Rockefeller Plaza | oil on canvas | 71.8 x 90.2cm



“It is my aim to paint the trauma and tragedy of women.”

B. Prabha


B. Prabha entered the art world at a time when few Indian women were professionally involved in the art world. Having grown up in the small Indian village of Bela, near Nagpur, India, her work found perennial theme in the lives of rural women, and the artist continually explored an array of related subjects alluding to society, identity and gender equality. 

As a young artist, Prabha moved to Mumbai and studied at the Sir J.J. School of Art. In her lifetime, she showed work in more than 50 exhibitions in India and abroad.  In 1956, she had her first exhibition with her husband, B. Vithal, and won first prize at the Maharashtra State Art Exhibition in 1958. She died in September, 2001.


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