The Artist

A Childhood in India

1933 - 1950

First Years in England

1950 - 1955

The Poet vs. The Painter

1955 - 1962

Experimentation

1963 - 1969

Artist Collectives

1963 - 1980

American exposure

1967 - 1972

Geology inspires

1972 - 1986

Retrospective recognition

1986 - 1990

Heads

1990 - 2010

Biographical Information

1933
Born, Bombay.
1939 - 44
Attends St Sebastianne School and St Xaviers High School for Boys in Bombay and then St Mary's Senior Cambridge School, Mount Abu, Rajasthan.
1950
Travels to a post-war England on the P&O steamship 'SS Mooltan' to study accountancy but abandons this soon after. Stays with his artist brother, FN Souza, in London's Chalk Farm.
1951
Starts a refresher English course at the International Language Club in East Croydon while studying for his accountancy exams.
1951 - 53
Studies life drawing at St Martin's School of Art, London.
1954
Travels extensively around Europe, primarily to avoid conscription. Explores jewellery design.
1954 - 55
Conscripted into National Service in the Royal Air Force and is stationed in Dumfries, Scotland.
1955
Returns to India. Works with the Life Insurance Corporation in Bombay, writing poetry and painting at this time.
1958
Starts painting professionally.
1961
First one-man exhibition at Bombay Artist Aid Centre.

Commissioned by Dr Homi Bhabha to paint a 12-foot 'Urban Landscape' mural for Tata Iron and Steel, Bombay.

Gives poetry readings sponsored by the British Council, Bombay, the Bombay English Association and the Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi.

Exhibits at 'Ten Indian Painters', Madras which tours several cities in Europe and North America.
1962
Settles permanently in England.

Awarded a grant from the Congrés pour la Liberté de la Culture [Congress for Cultural Freedom], Paris.

Nominated for All India Gold Medal.
1963
Founder member of the Indian Painters Collective, UK with Gajanan D Bhagwat, L B Chavan, Balraj Khanna, Yashwant Mali, S V Rama Rao and Ibrahim Wagh (seven Indian painters living in the UK).
1972
Lectures on Indian art and culture for the Commonwealth Institute.
1976
Founder Member of the multi-cultural Rainbow Art Group.
1978
Founded the Indian Artists Collective with Balraj Khanna, Yashwant Mali and Ibrahim Wagh.

Founded the Indian Artists United Kingdom Group (iauk) with Avinash Chandra, Prafull Dave, Balraj Khanna, Yashwant Mali, Prafulla Mohanti, Suresh Vedak, Ibrahim Wagh and Mohammed Zakir.
1989
Starts to exhibit extensively in Germany.
1998
Returns to India for one-man show in Delhi.
2010
Displays one painting at British Art Fair, after a long absence.

Dies at home on Christmas Day, London.
2013
The Restless Ribeiro retrospective is held at Asia House, London.
2016 - 17
The Retracing Ribeiro project exploring the artist's life and work wins Heritage Lottery Fund support as part of the 2017 UK-India 'Year of Culture'.

Visit the Retracing Ribeiro website.