<strong>Govinda &apos;Sah&apos; Azad</strong>, <em>Birth of a Star</em>, 2010. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 180 x 120 cm.<strong>Govinda &apos;Sah&apos; Azad</strong>, <em>Salvation</em>, 2011.
Oil and acrylic on canvas, 148 x 148 cm.<strong>Govinda &apos;Sah&apos; Azad</strong>, <em>Nothing/All/Matter</em>, 2016. Mixed media on canvas, 120 x 110 cm.

GOVINDA SAH 'AZAD'

Govinda 'Azad' Sah.
Photo: © Jonathan Greet, 2014.
Govinda Sah 'Azad', Absence, 2011. Oil and acrylic on canvas, 80 x 80 cm.


Effortlessly balancing traditional eastern metaphysical insights about the nature of reality with visual realisations that are in accord with the latest formulations of contemporary western science, Govinda Sah ‘Azad’ imagines a cosmos of boundless possibilities. 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 signboard and wall painter in Delhi. In 1995, he returned to Kathmandu and joined the Fine Art College to realise his dream of becoming a painter. During his studies, he participated in several group exhibitions, which resulted in a first solo exhibition in 1999. Professor and Campus Chief of the Fine Art College and prominent artist, Govinda Dongol, dubbed Govinda Sah, ‘Lion Heart’.

He joined the MA Fine Art course in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2006, but soon thereafter acquired sponsorship and moved to London to study. Govinda obtained a MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in 2008.

His first solo exhibition, Transcriptions, was held at October Gallery in 2011. In 2012, his work was included in the Summer Exhibition Royal Academy of Arts, London. In 2013, October Gallery held his second solo show Lightness of Being and Tibet House, New York, USA presented the solo exhibition, The Universe Within. Boundless Possibilities (2016) was his third individual exhibition at October Gallery. Govinda Sah’s works can be found in public and private collections worldwide including major collections such as the Royal Collection, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

 

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GOVINDA SAH 'AZAD'

Born in 1974, in Rajbiraj, Nepal. Lives and works in Margate, UK.
Education
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
2016  Boundless Possibilities, October Gallery, London, UK
2014  Cloud-Hidden: Whereabouts Unknown, Volte Art Projects, Mumbai, India 
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
2020   Atmospheres; Artists of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
2019   Dream No Small Dream: Celebrating 40 Years of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
Present Moment, October Gallery, London, UK
Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE, with October Gallery, London, UK
2018   Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE, with October Gallery, London, UK
Asian Art in London, with October Gallery, London, UK  
2017   Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE, with October Gallery, London, UK 
2016   Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE, with October Gallery, London, UK
2014  35 Years of Transvangarde: Contemporary art from around the plane, 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, Abu Dhabi, UAE, with October Gallery, London, UK
244th Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
Space for Mind: Space for Art, The Spring Projects, London, UK
2011   Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE, with October Gallery, London, 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.
INSAP-VII, The seventh international conference on The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena, Bath, UK
2000  

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”.

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