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Natvar Bhavsar (b. 1934) is an Indian born American artist. He is known for his abstract expressionist and color field paintings. Bhavsar earned is MFA at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in 1965 and received a John D. Rockefeller III Fund Fellowship, followed a decade later by a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Bhavsar also taught art at the University of Rhode Island between 1967 and 1969.

His works are identified by hazy geometric shapes at the center of a solid colored canvas. Influenced by Indian sand painting, Bhavsar improvises as he paints. The artist applies paint by using a sifting technique with a screen and by laying the canvas on the floor so that he can work from all four sides. The artist lives and works in New York, NY. 

Bhavsar’s work was exhibited at the 2009 Venice Biennale, and he was the subject of the acclaimed 2010 documentary film The Poetics of Color: Natvar Bhavsar, an Artist’s Journey. Bhavsar’s work is part of many important collections around the globe, including but not limited to: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Guggenheim Museum (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston).

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