Panchal Mansaram Biography

Panchal Mansaram




Panchal Mansaram was born in 1934 in Mount Abu in Rajasthan, western India. He attended the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, India between 1954 and 59 and studied between 1963 - 64, at the State Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands on a Dutch Government Fellowship. During this period he learned printmaking in Amsterdam and traveled to Atelier 17 in Paris where he spent time with countryman Krishna Reddy, who taught him the viscosity, or simultaneous color printing, Reddy had helped develop at Atelier 17.

In 1966 Mansaram immigrated to Canada, where he met Marshall McLuhan and Av Isaacs and in 1967 he reated ‘East West Intersect’, a multimedia concert at the Isaacs Gallery with encouragement from McLuhan. He also made a five minute long 16mm film featuring Marshall McLuhan for this event. 

In the 1970’s Mansaram created a mixed media series of paintings, titled ‘Rear View Mirror’ (title borrowed from McLuhan), including a collaborative art work with Marshall McLuhan.  This series of works were shown at the Picture Loan Gallery in Toronto in 1974, where Marshall McLuhan was the chief guest. In 1971/72, the exhibition traveled to seven galleries in the Eastern Provinces of Canada, and then to India at the Dhoomimal Art Gallery in New Delhi and Jehangir Art gallery in Mumbai in 1975.

During this time he began to also work with fabric as collage medium. This eventually became mixed media using xerography transfer, serigraphy, blue prints, etc. These works were shown at the Taj Art Gallery in Mumbai, India House in New York, and Burlington Art Center, Burlington.

In the 1980’s he did large format lasergraphic works, inspired by his immediate environment. He created works such as ‘Moving Landscape’ and ‘At the School Lockers’, a lasergraphic installation, and a series of works titled ‘New York-New York’ shown at the Piramal gallery in Mumbai, India.

Panchal Mansaram lives in the Province of Ontario, Canada and continues to work and exhibit.