Abdulrahim Appabhai Almelkar1920-1982
A. A. Almelkar was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in 1920.
From 1935 - 1940 he got his art education from Nutan Kala Mandir, Bombay under the guidance of Shri. G.S. Dandavatimath. He joined Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai and in 1948 got his Govt. Diploma in Drawing and Painting. In 1948 he became the principal of Nutan Kala Mandir, Bombay.
In 1940 he participated in Bombay Art Society Annual Exhibitions and also in All India Exhibitions in Calcutta, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Madras, Amritsar, Mysore and Ahmedabad. In 1954 he had a one man show `From Ashes to Life` in Bombay. In 1966 he participated in the National Art Exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. He had 40 solo exhibitions in India and various other countries such as Ceylon, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. In 1982 he had a solo exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
In 1948 he won the Governor's award from Bombay Art Society, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. In 1954 he won the Gold Medal from Bombay Art Society, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. In 1955 he won an award from Art Society of India. In 1956 and 1960 he won the Lalit Kala Academy Award, New Delhi.
Almelkar passed away in 1982.
In 2003 he was posthumously exhibited in New Delhi and Mumbai. In 2010 and 2013 he was exhibited in New Delhi.