Man and Nature
Manu Parekh was born in 1939 in Gujarat and completed a Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, in 1962. His early work explored the relationships between man and nature, as according to him, this was an energetic link that had to be celebrated. He is best known for his several paintings on the city of Varanasi.
Reported to be influenced by Rabindranath Tagore and Ram Kinker Baij, his paintings provoke viewers to take notice of the world around them through the emotion, pain and anguish expressed in the subjects of his paintings. His colors and forms exude a volatile energy that can barely be contained within the confines of his canvas, and become an extension of the artist's personality.
Manu Parekh is a recipient of the 1982 Lalit Kala Akademi Award. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian award of the Padma Shri, in 1991.