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Tata mural
Ribeiro in front of 12-foot 'Urban Landscape' mural, commissioned for Tata, Arts and Events, 1961


"Painting was his life and obsession and if he was ever away from his paints, he would become extremely restless ... [he] would paint through the night, often sleeping at eight or nine in the morning ... [he wrote] "I twist and turn, curve and straighten without aim or result. Just an escape, an escapist thing into painting impulsively, compulsively, endlessly, tired, tirelessly with or without joy"...

The Times obituary
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Born Bombay.
Attends St Sebastianne School and St Xaviers High School for Boys in Bombay and then St Mary's Senior Cambridge School, Mount Abu, Rajputan.
Travels to England on the P&O steamship 'Mooltan' to study accountancy but abandons this soon after. Stays with his brother, the artist FN Souza, in Chalk Farm.
Stays at the International Language Club, East Croydon, Surrey.
Studies life drawing at St Martin's School of Art, London.
Travels extensively around Europe.
Conscripted into National Service in the Royal Air Force and is stationed in Dumfires, Scotland.
Works with the Life Insurance Corporation of India, painting and writing poetry at this time.
Starts painting professionally.
First one-man exhibition at Bombay Artist Aid Centre.
Commissioned by Homi Bhabha to paint a 12-foot mural panel for Tata Iron and Steel, Bombay.
Gives poetry readings sponsored by the British Council, Bombay and the Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi.
Exhibits at 'Ten Indian Painters', Madras which tours several cities in Europe and US.
Comes to live in England.
Awarded a grant from the Congress for Cultural Freedom, Paris.
Nominated for All India Gold Medal.
Holds several group shows in London.
Founder member of the Indian Painters Collective, UK with Gajanan D Bhagwat, L B Chavan, Balraj Khanna, Yashwant Mali, S V Rama Rao and Ibrahim Wagh (seven Indian painters living in the UK).
Tours US and Canada.
Lectures on Indian Art and Culture for the Commonwealth Institute on Indian art, culture and history and his own work, UK.
Founder Member of the Multi-Cultural Rainbow Art Group.
Founded the Indian Artists Collective with Balraj Khanna, Yashwant Mali and Ibrahim Wagh.
Founded the Indian Artists United Kingdom Group (iauk) with Avinash Chandra, Prafull Dave, Balraj Khanna, Yashwant Mali, Prafulla Mohanti, Suresh Vedak, Ibrahim Wagh and Mohammed Zakir .
Travels and exhibits extensively in Germany.
Returns to India for one-man show.
Displays one painting at British Art Fair, 2010 after a long absence.
Dies in London at home on Christmas Day.
'Restless Ribeiro' memorial retrospective held at Asia House.
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