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Dhruva Mistry

Dhruva Mistry was born in 1957, Kanjari (Gujarat) India. Studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University of Baroda from 1974-81, then at the Royal College of Art, London from 1981-83 on a British Council Scholarship.

Included in group shows in India and abroad since 1976. First solo exhibition at the Art Heritage, New Delhi, which toured to Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai in 1982, by Mr and Mrs Alkazi. 1984-85 artist in residence at Kettle's Yard Gallery with a Fellowship at Churchill College in Cambridge, since then has shown extensively in United Kingdom, Europe and Japan.

Public collections include Lalit Kala Akademi , Tate Gallery, Arts Council, The British Council and Victoria & Albert Museum, London and National Museum of Wales, Cardiff in U.K. and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan. Open Air Collections include Sculpture at Goodwood, Sussex and Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the U.K. and Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan. Major Commissions include sculptures for the Victoria Square in Birmingham, U.K and Tamano City, Japan. Dhruva was Elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 1991 and Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, London in 1993. Selected for a solo show Asian Artist Today- Fukuoka Annual VII, by the Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan in 1994.

Returns to Vadodara in 1997. Appointed Professor, Head of Sculpture and Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University of Baroda. Awarded Honorary CBE (Commander of the most excellent (Order of the British Empire) in 2001. On 13 November, 2002, quit the M.S. University of Baroda for not implementing minimum qualification for teachers and other issues by giving 90 Days Termination Notice. On 30 September, 2003, the MSU Syndicate accepted his termination based upon previous maladministration in Appointments, Establishment, Academic matters & Faculty Accounts. Lives and works in Vadodara.

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