Ribeiro's Life

A Childhood in India
1933-1950
First years in England
1950-1955
The Poet vs. The Painter
1955-1962
Experimentation
1963-1969
Artist Collectives
1963-1980
American exposure
1967-1972
Geology inspires
1972-1986
Retrospective recognition
1986-1990
Heads
1990-2010

Biographical Information

1933

Born, Bombay.

1939-44

Attends St Sebastianne School and St Xaviers High School for Boys in Bombay and then St Mary's Senior Cambridge School, Mount Abu, Rajasthan.

1950

Travels to a post-war England on the P&O steamship 'SS Mooltan' to study accountancy but abandons this soon after. Stays with his artist brother, FN Souza, in London's Chalk Farm.

1951

Starts a refresher English course at the International Language Club in East Croydon while studying for his accountancy exams.

1951-53

Studies life drawing at St Martin's School of Art, London.

1954

Travels extensively around Europe, primarily to avoid conscription. Explores jewellery design.

1954-55

Conscripted into National Service in the Royal Air Force and is stationed in Dumfries, Scotland.

1955

Returns to India. Works with the Life Insurance Corporation in Bombay, writing poetry and painting at this time.

1958

Starts painting professionally.

1961

First one-man exhibition at Bombay Artist Aid Centre.

Commissioned by Dr Homi Bhabha to paint a 12-foot 'Urban Landscape' mural for Tata Iron and Steel, Bombay.

Gives poetry readings sponsored by the British Council, Bombay, the Bombay English Association and the Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi.

Exhibits at 'Ten Indian Painters', Madras which tours several cities in Europe and North America.

1962

Settles permanently in England.

Awarded a grant from the Congrés pour la Liberté de la Culture [Congress for Cultural Freedom], Paris.

Nominated for All India Gold Medal.

1963

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).

1972

Lectures on Indian art and culture for the Commonwealth Institute.

1976

Founder Member of the multi-cultural Rainbow Art Group.

1978

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.

1989

Starts to exhibit extensively in Germany.

1998

Returns to India for one-man show in Delhi.

2010

Displays one painting at British Art Fair, after a long absence.

Dies at home on Christmas Day, London.

2013

The Restless Ribeiro retrospective is held at Asia House, London.

2016

The Retracing Ribeiro project exploring the artist's life and work wins Heritage Lottery Fund support as part of the 2017 UK-India 'Year of Culture'.

Visit Retracing Ribeiro website.

Photographs

A photograph of Lancelot Ribeiro