The Family by F. N. Souza
Francis Newton Souza was born in 1924 in Saligao, Goa in a Roman Catholic family. He joined Sir J.J. School of Art in 1940. In 1947, he co-founded the Progressive Artists’ Group along with S.H. Raza, M.F. Husain and three other fellow artists. In 1949, Souza left for London. His autobiographical essay Nirvana of a Maggot was published in 1955 followed by a solo exhibition at Gallery One in London that brought him considerable recognition. His book Words and Lines was published in 1959.
Posthumous solo exhibitions include, F.N. Souza – Black on Black, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 2013; F.N. Souza: Landscapes, Heads & Nudes, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 2012; Volte-Face: Souza’s Iconoclastic Vision, by Dhoomimal Gallery at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2010 and F. N. Souza: Religion & Erotica, Tate Britain, London, 2005. He was conferred the Kalidas Sanman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1998, received the Guggenheim International Award, New York in 1967 and the John Moores Prize, Liverpool in 1957. The artist passed away in 2002 in Mumbai.
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