Born in 1932 in Punjab, India, Sohan Qadri received his MFA in 1960 from the Government College of Art in Simla, India, but soon discovered that academic trappings were not for him. Shortly after his first exhibition in 1965, he left India for the West though his art practice remained largely influenced by Eastern spiritual traditions.
His paintings are monochrome surfaces with structural effects that, in their repetition, convey the rhythmic expressions of colour energies. In their reverberation, the colours allow for a meditation, away from retinal perception.
As he once said, "The narrowness of space has posed a great problem to me. Phenomenal life can hardly be lived within a few known dimensions. I avoid the distraction created by images. If one's mind starts playing with the known, then the unknown will not be discovered. Certain arrangements of colour and shape on the space entice you to find a story…
Since he left India, Qadri lived mainly in Copenhagen, with extended stays in Zurich, Paris, Los Angeles and Toronto. He penned seven books. The artist passed away in 2011.