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Artist, poet and Tantric guru Sohan Qadri (1932-2011) is one of the only internationally acclaimed artists deeply engaged with spirituality. Qadri abandoned representation early on in his long career, incorporating Tantric symbolism and philosophy into his vibrantly colored minimalist works. Born in India, he was initiated into yogic practice at age seven. In 1965, he left India and began a series of travels that took him to East Africa, North America, Paris and Zurich.

Settling in Copenhagen, Mr. Qadri participated in more than forty one-man shows, in Bombay, Vienna, Brussels, London, Oslo, Stockholm, Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. He distilled Tantric symbolism into his own abstract, modernist language using broad areas of open color, capturing the northern landscape and sky of his Scandinavian surroundings. Although he began his career in the 1950s painting in oil on canvas, he worked on paper from the 1970s onward. He covered the surface of the paper with structural effects by soaking it in liquid and carving it in several stages while applying inks and dyes. In the process, the paper was transformed from a flat, two-dimensional surface into a three-dimensional medium. The repetition of careful incisions on the paper was an integral part of his meditation—and, in fact, his process evolved out of his desire for an effortless method of creation in tune with his yogic practice.

Sohan Qadri’s works are included in numerous collections, including those of the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts; the Rubin Museum of Art, New York; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; as well as the private collections of Cirque du Soleil, Heinrich Böll and Dr. Robert Thurman.

In 2011, noted Italian fine-art publisher Skira Editore released Sohan Qadri: The Seer, a monograph with more than eighty color plates of Qadri’s canvas and paper works from the 1960s to 2011. Scholarly essays by Partha Mitter, Donald Kuspit and Tushara Bindu Gude chronicle his artistic development and the complex philosophy underpinning his work.

Summer Group Show
NY | MADISON AVENUE
Summer Group Show
July 25 – August 24, 2019
Singapore Summer Show
SINGAPORE
Singapore Summer Show
June 13 – August 24, 2019
Alterations Activation Abstraction
NY | CHELSEA
Alterations Activation Abstraction
February 28 – March 30, 2019
The Art of Paper
NY | Chelsea
The Art of Paper
November 15, 2018 – February 9, 2019
Summer Group Show
NY | MADISON AVENUE
Summer Group Show
July 21 – September 17, 2018
Summer Group Show
NY | CHELSEA
Summer Group Show
July 17 – September 1, 2018
WINTER GROUP SHOW
NY | CHELSEA
WINTER GROUP SHOW
January 18 – February 24, 2018
Group Show
Singapore
Group Show
November 4, 2017 – January 22, 2018
GROUP SHOW
NY | Chelsea
GROUP SHOW
July 20 – August 26, 2017
Sohan Qadri
NY | Chelsea
Sohan Qadri
Transcendence September 15 – October 8, 2016
Beyond Canvas: Paintings on Paper and Metal
Singapore
Beyond Canvas: Paintings on Paper and Metal
Sohan Qadri & Nathan Slate Joseph September 5 – October 12, 2013
Beyond Canvas: Paintings on Paper and Metal
Singapore
Beyond Canvas: Paintings on Paper and Metal
Sohan Qadri/Nathan Slate Joseph June 21 – September 7, 2013
Confluence
HONG KONG
Confluence
Sohan Qadri - Zhang Yu February 8 – March 18, 2012
Confluence
NY | CHELSEA
Confluence
Sohan Qadri - Zhang Yu December 8, 2011 – January 7, 2012
Sohan Qadri
NY | Chelsea
Sohan Qadri
Drishti: A New Vision April 8 – May 8, 2010
Sohan Qadri
NY | Chelsea
Sohan Qadri
Seer: The Art of Sohan Qadri January 8 – 31, 2009
Sohan Qadri
Hong Kong
Sohan Qadri
Seer: The Art of Sohan Qadri November 12 – December 20, 2008
Sohan Qadri
NY | Chelsea
Sohan Qadri
an exhibition of work in Gallery II December 14 – 28, 2006
Sohan Qadri
NY | Chelsea
Sohan Qadri
The Dot and the Dots November 10 – December 11, 2005
Sohan Qadri
NY | Chelsea
Sohan Qadri
Dissolving Contours September 1 – October 2, 2004
Sohan Qadri
NY | Chelsea
Sohan Qadri
Invocation March 18 – 31, 2004
Gallery Highlights
Hong Kong
Gallery Highlights
By appointment hongkong@sundaramtagore.com
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