Born in 1936 in Delhi, Mr Dhawan studied at the Delhi School of Art. He later went to Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris in 1953-1958 and to Belgrade Institute of Art in the year 1960- 62. Rajendra Dhawan taught painting in India until 1962 and later received a grant to travel to Yugoslavia in 1964- 1966.
He was the founder of “The Unknown” group which exhibited in 1964.
Selected solo shows include:
Threshold Art Gallery New Delhi , 2011, Bodhi Art Gallery, Singapore, Mumbai, 2005; Gallery White Elephant, Paris, 2004; Talwar Gallery, New York, 2002. Gallery Seven, Mumbai, 2001; Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1998; Galerie L’lf, Elne, France, 1995; Gallery Phillippe Bouakia, Paris, 1994.Gallery La Pardelere, Nantes, 1993; Gallery Francois, Paris, 1990; Shridharini Gallery, New Delhi, 1981; Gallery du Haut-pave, Paris, 1972; ‘The Unknown’, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi, 1964. His paintings find place in public collections including the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; the Lalit Kala Akademi; the Bharat Bhavan Museum, Bhopal; the Chandigarh Museum; The National Foundation of Contemporary Art, Paris. The Glenbarra Museum In Japan, Terr us Museum in Elne, France, Riga-ult Museum in Perpignan, and The Fond National d’Art Contemporain Convent Saint – Jacques in Paris. Rajendra Dhawan moved to Paris in 1970. He expired on the 31st of Oct 2012. Leaving a huge void in the art world.