Born in Mysore (Karnataka) in 1941, S.G. Vasudev received recognition as a painter early in his career. He was awarded a National Scholarship by the Government of India in 1964, while he was a student of the Government College of Art, Madras, and a National Award from the All India Lalit Kala Akademi in 1967.

Vasudev is a founder-member of the Cholamandal Artists’ Village on the outskirts of Madras (now Chennai), where he lived and worked till 1988. He now lives and works in Bangalore.

Vasudev works in various mediums (drawings, paintings and reliefs in copper). He became well-known for his “Vriksha” (Tree of Life) series, which evolved over nearly a decade, turning into the Tree of Life and Death in the latter half of the 1980s. He also explored the theme of “Maithuna” (Act of Love) through a series of drawings,paintings and copper reliefs. Eventually his tree grew into faces titled “Humanscapes” and “Earthscapes.” The tree is still sometimes visible in his new series titled “Theatre of Life.”

Vasudev has participated in several important group exhibitions in India and abroad (including the Triennale India, the Paris Biennale, the Havana Biennale, India’s National Gallery of Modern Art show in Washington, the Festival of India in Tokyo and “The New South – Contemporary Painting & Sculpture from South India” in London). In addition, he has held solo exhibitions in different parts of India and the world (including Canada, the USA and Germany). Exhibitions of his drawings based on the late A.K. Ramanujan’s poetry and translations, titled “Tribute to Ramanujan,” have been held in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, London and Chicago..

His works are represented in many individual, institutional and corporate collections in India and overseas. Apart from this, he has executed a number of murals in different media. He has also been art director for two award-winning Kannada films.

He has won recognition for his work in the form of several prestigious awards, including those instituted by India’s National Academy of Art, the State Academies of Art in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, and the Government of Karnataka.

Vasudev has also been on the Executive Board of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and worked as selection committee member twice for National Exhibition of Art. He is advisory committee member of National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. He is founder and Managing Trustee of Arnawaz Vasudev Charities which is giving financial assistance to young artists since 1989. He has also worked on the Executive Board of Karnataka State Lalit Kala Academy.