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Altaf View Gallery 


Born in Baroda, Altaf Mohammedi, better known as Altaf, studied art in England. He began exhibiting in 1970 and since then he has participated in several exhibitions internationally and in India including: The creative process at the guild Mumbai in 1999, Artists from India and Pakistan at Martini Gallery Hong Kong in 1998, The Glenbarra Art Museum Collection at NGMA Delhi in 1997, VI Painting Biennale at Bharat Bhavan Bhopal in 1996, Sakshi Gallery Mumbai in 1993 & 1995, an exhibition in aid of Latur earthquake victims at Baroda in 1993 and a retrospective at Jehangir Art Gallery in 1988. On the occasion of his 60th birthday in August 2002, the Sakshi Gallery Mumbai presented an “Altaf in Retrospective”. He died in 2005

Quiet monsters look behind the serene facade this composition presents. The man with his mask head and those dark objects before him are emblematic of our times. We preside as Altaf’s protagonists over a feast of events where blood and gore interact with fine cultured mannerisms and gestures of pretended cultural awareness. Behind the man sepia faces crowd the canvas in gentle rows. They are like rows of memories persona within persona, incarnations of the man at the table. Altaf is playful while the questions the viewer slyly asking him/her to take cognizance of the emptiness of the daily grind of living in a world so full of violence and terror. The stark blackness of mask, chair and object against sepia ground provide an interesting exercise in constrasts. Altaf’s man at the table is an observer unable to come to terms with the solidness of life. He takes leave of us letting a mask replace him. We are rendered observers of a bitter feast.... Urban Signals Shifting Signals, ExC Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 1996.


 
 
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