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  • Govinda Sah. photo © Jonathan Greet 2010


Govinda Sah 'Azad'

Govinda Sah ‘Azad’ was born in 1974, in Rajbiraj, Nepal.  From an early age he was interested in drawing and sculpture. He left Nepal to live in India and from 1991-94, worked as a sign board and wall painter in Delhi. In 1995, he returned to Kathmandu and joined the Fine Art College to realise his dream to become a painter. During his studies, he participated in several group exhibitions which resulted in a successful first solo exhibition in 1999. It was at this point that the Professor and Campus Chief of the Fine Art College and prominent artist Govinda Dongol dubbed Govinda Sah as “Lion Heart”.  

From March-June 2000, Govinda began a nation-wide cycle tour to spread the awareness of peace through art under title The 21st Century is the Century of Art and Peace.  During the three month tour, he held several art shows, workshops, and gave lectures in schools and to community groups.   Govinda then travelled and held solo exhibitions in Mumbai, India, and Dhaka, Bangladesh and returned to Nepal to graduate with a BA in Fine Art in 2003.

He joined the MA Fine Art course in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2006, but relatively soon thereafter acquired sponsorship and moved to the UK to study.  Govinda obtained a MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in 2008.  This young and prolific artist has held numerous solo art exhibitions and group shows in Nepal and internationally. He has also co-ordinated a number of art workshops under the sponsorship of the UN and Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal. Some of his exhibitions have been sponsored and organised by the British Council in Nepal and Egypt’s Ambassador to Nepal. Govinda Sah’s works can be found in private collections worldwide.


Transvangarde: Illuminations
Transvangarde Now
Lightness of Being
35 Years of Transvangarde: Contemporary art from around the planet
Art 14
Boundless Possibilities




Alchemy I

Mystic Matter


Dream Walk


Above the Mountains


From Nothing


Wondering in Dark

Emotion & Matter


Above the Horizon

The Shadow is Darker Than Black

Just Hope

Blue Sky

Path of Paradise

Blue Sky

Sky Above

Encountered Spring

Little Sky

Within Your Beauty

Above The Cloud


Dusking Sky

Govinda Prasad Sah “Azad” Biography

Born in Nepal, 1974; lives and works in London, UK

2008   MFA, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London, UK
2006   MFA, University of Development Alternative, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2003   BFA, Fine Art College, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
1999   IFA, Fine Art College, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
Selected Solo Shows
2013  Lightness of Being, October Gallery, London, UK
The Universe Within, Tibet House, New York, USA
2012   Shristi-Chakra (Wheel of Creation), Art Konsult, New Delhi, India
Emotion in Motion, Siddhartha Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
2011   Visionen über dem Dach der Welt, Kunst am Spalenberg Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Transcriptions, October Gallery, London, UK
    No Edge No Centre, The Muse Gallery, London, UK
Pighalta Satya (Melting Truth), Global Gallery,
Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), Reading, UK
2009   Unfold Invention, Siddhartha Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
Meditating the Abstract, Asia House, London, UK
2006   Ashaka Khambaharu (Pillars of Hope), Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
Colours of Peace, Singha Art Gallery, Lalitpur, Nepal
2004   Peace through Painting, National Art Gallery,
Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh 
Pioneer Personality of Saptari, Library Lakhnath, Rajbiraj, Nepal
Conflict of Peace in Nepal, Basantpur Durbar Square, Nepal
2003   Painting for Peace, British Council, Kathmandu, Nepal
2002   The 21st Century is the Century of Art and Peace,
Nehru Center, Mumbai, India
2001   Colour of Nature, Nepal Art Council Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
21st Century is the Century of Art and Peace, Nationwide Art Campaign for Peace, Bhojan Griha, Kathmandu, Nepal
1999   Bhojan Griha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Govinda Sah ‘Azad’, Explore Nepal Group,
Bhojan Griha, Kathmandu, Nepal
Selected Group Shows
 2014  35 Years of Transvangarde: Contemporary art from around the planet, October Gallery, London, UK
Art14, October Gallery (London, UK), London, UK
 2013  Art Dubai, October Gallery (London, UK), Dubai, UAE
Art13, October Gallery (London, UK), London, UK
2012   Abu Dhabi Art, October Gallery (London, UK), Dubai, UAE
244th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Space for Mind: Space for Art, The Spring Projects, London, UK
2011   Abu Dhabi Art, with October Gallery, UK
Sky Lab, Stephen Mclaughlan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Contemporary Art from Himalayan Countries,
Tam Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
Transvangarde Now, October Gallery, London, UK
2010   Inspired by Morris, William Morris Gallery, London, UK
Land Without Map, Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London, UK
Himalayan Festival, Nehru Centre, Mayfair, London, UK
Independents Liverpool Biennial,
Liverpool Centre for Fine Arts, Liverpool, UK
2009   Separating Myth from Reality: State of Women,
International Art Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal
Apocalypse Now, Red Wire, Liverpool, UK
The Cloud, Saltburn Artists’ Projects, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, UK
2008   Open Door 108, The Royal Over-Seas League, in collaboration with Siddhartha Art Gallery & Kathmandu Contemporary Art Centre, London, UK
2007   Funds for Pasang Lhamu and Nicole Niquelle Hospital, Geneva, Switzerland
2006   Khula Dhoka 108 (Open Door 108), Siddhartha Art Gallery, in collaboration with Kathmandu Contemporary Art Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal
Bangladesh-Nepal Exchange Programme and Exhibition (organiser and participating artist), Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2005   International Art Exhibition, Park Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
    Beppu Asia Biennale of Contemporary Art, Beppu Art Museum, Beppu, Japan
2000   MA Degree Show, Wimbledon College of Art, London, UK
1997   National Art Exhibition, Academy of Fine Art, Kathmandu, Nepal
1996   National Art Exhibition, Academy of Fine Art, Kathmandu, Nepal
Special Activities
 2012   Art exhibition and Talk on Physics and Astronomy
Boston University, USA.
Presenting a paper and artworks in conference at INSAP-VII, (The seventh international conference on The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena, Bath, UK (http://www.insapvii.org/artists/GovindaSah.html)

Nationwide art campaign for Art and peace, Solo cycle tour from east to west Nepal with the slogan “The 21st Century is the Century of Art and Peace”. During that period, he visited different schools to increase awareness for the value of art, canvassed cultural, religions and natural beauty and conducted exhibitions in respective places with the help of local youth clubs. At the end of the tour, he exhibited all his artworks at Kathmandu that was inaugurated by Honorable President of Royal Council Dr. Keshar Jang Raimajhi. For the sustenance of art in the areas he visited, six local art academies were founded.

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