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.
He has displayed his works in Threshold Art Gallery, New Delhi in 2011; Bodhi Art Gallery, Singapore and Mumbai in 2005; Gallery White Elephant, Paris, 2004; Talwar art Gallery, New York, 2002.; Gallery Seven, Mumbai in 2001; Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi in 1998; Galerie L’lf, Elne, France in 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.