Kaiko Moti Biography

Kaiko Moti

East Indian

1921-1989

Biography

Moti was born Kaikobad Motiwalla in Bombay, India in 1921. He began private design classes at age fourteen and, between the years 1939 and 1946, he attended the Bombay School of Fine Arts. Moti moved to London, England in 1946 and continued his art studies at the Slade School of Art of the University College receiving his Masters Degree in painting and sculpture.

In 1950 Moti settled into becoming a permanent resident of Paris. He attended the Academie de la Grand Chaumiere and studied sculpture with Ossip Zadkine at his atelier. In 1952, Moti began studying engraving with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17 where he pioneered many techniques in the field of viscosity printing.

Moti began exhibiting in 1953, and showed internationally at the Venice Biennale, the Bibliotheque Nationale, the Basel Art Fair, the Art Expo and the New York Public Library. He won various awards and is represented in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Paris Musee d’Art Moderne and Bibliotheque Nationale. Moti was an honorary member of the Academy of Florence.  Moti died in Paris in 1989.