Desmond Lazaro Biography

The artist lives and works between Pondicherry and Melbourne.


1987-1990       University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

                        Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art

1990 – 1994   MA in Painting, Commonwealth Scholar to India

                        M.S. University of Baroda, India

1995-97           Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture (POWIA) London, UK

                        MA, Visual Islamic and Traditional Art, London, UK

1997-98           INTACH Scholarship to India

1998-2000       The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London, UK

                         PhD Research: Methods and materials of Pichhvai Painting

2005                Materials, Methods & Symbolism in the Pichhvai Painting Tradition of Rajasthan,                                               

                         his thesis published as a book by Mapin India.

2005-               P.S.T.A. Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture (POWIA) London, UK

present            M.A visiting tutor / international outreach tutor.



2016                ‘The In-Coming Passengers, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai

2012                Desmond Lazaro,  Ben Brown Fine Arts, London

2010                Desmond Lazaro, Beck & Eggling International Fine Art, Dusseldorf

2008                Desmond Lazaro – Paintings, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai




2019               ‘The Fall’ curated by Alanna Irwin, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

2018                Hashiya’ the border, curated by Mamta Singhania/ Bikaneer House

2018                ‘Planetary Planning’ curated by Devika Singh, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka

2018                Sensorium: The End is Only the Beginning, Sunaparanta, Goa Center for the                               

                        Arts, Goa

2018                India Re-Worlded: Seventy Years of Investigating a Nation, Curated by Dr.                                   

                         Arshiy Lokhandwala, Gallery Odyssey, Mumbai

2018                Inauguration Theliab, Exhibition entitled ʻLand and Languageʼ, Brussels

2018                Planetary Planning, Curated by Dr Devika Singh, Dhaka Art Summit,                                             


2018                India Art Fair, New Delhi

2016-17           Kochi-Muziris Biennale, curated by Sudarshan Shetty, Fort Kochi, India

2015                Der Baum Ist Ein Baum Ist Ein Baum (The tree is a tree is a tree), Beck &                                     

                        Eggling, Dusseldorf

2015                Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings, Curated by Madhuvanti                             

                        Ghosh, The Art Institute of  Chicago, Chicago, USA.

2014                Aesthetic Bind: Floating World, Curated by Geeta Kapur, Chemould Prescott                             

                        Road, Mumbai

2004                Materials and techniques of pigment painting, Museum Rietberg, Zurich,                                     


2003                Pichhvai, Museum of Asiatic, Nice

2003                Painting Pichhvai, British Council, New Delhi

2000                British High Commission, New Delhi

2000                Pichhvai Painting, Royal Commonwealth Society, London

1999                Dean Clough Art Center, Halifax

1997                Colours of the Earth, Yew Tree Gallery, Oxford, UK

1994                M. S. University of Baroda,                

1994                Contemporary Galleries, Ahmedabad

1990                New Academy Art Gallery, London   

1990                Bonham’s of Knightsbridge, London

1990                Mall Galleries, London



2018               ʻDunhaug Cavesʼ China, Residency

2002               Dean Clough Center, Halifax – Residency, 2002

1999, 2002,    Victoria & Albert Museum, London – workshops


1998, 2000     ‘Art in Action’, Oxford,


2002                Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, workshops

2002                Royal Commonwealth Society, London, lecture

2003                Musee Des Asiatic, Nice – lecture

2003                Habitat Center, New Delhi – workshopS

2003-5            University Balqa –Director Academic Studies, Jordan

2004                Museum Rietberg, Zurich – workshops ​

2008                National Gallery Australia – lecture

2002 –              Prince’s School Traditional Art  (Associate Lecturer)


2016                 Art Gallery of N.S.W. Canberra, lecture

2017                 Candlebark & Alice Miller schools, John Marsden’s schools, Australia, workshops                             

2018                 Auroville at 50 – The Bridge Lecture Series                                      ​

2016                 Art Institute of Chicago, workshop​

2018                ʻPrinces School of Traditional Artʼ UK, London, lectures & Workshops

2018                 Dunhuang Research Academy / Lectures & Workshops

2018                 Palace Museum, Forbidden City, Beijing, lecture

2018                 B.I.F.T. Beijing Institue of Fashion Technology, Beijing, Lecture

2003              ‘Pichhvai Painting’ – Exhibition Catalogue/ British Council, India, 2003                                         

                      ‘Materialien Und Techniken Der Pigmentmalerei’ – The Museum

2004              Rietberg, Zurich, Switzerland, ‘Methods, Materials and Symbolism in the                                     

                       Pichhvai Painting Tradition of Rajasthan: Mapin, India

2008             ‘Krishna’s Painters’, Hinduism Today, January

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