Batsa Gopal Vaidya

Batsa Gopal Vaidya is an eminent Nepali artist who has participated in many prestigious national, international exhibitions and is the recipient of several prestigious national and international awards. His works have been bought by discerning collectors from all over the world.

Batsa Gopal Vaidya resides in the ancient city of Lalitpur, Patan where he was born. Below his lattice windows the busy streets of Mangal Bazaar bustle with life. From his balcony the mountains and the fabled rooftops of Patan Durbar Square dominate the Himalayan skyline.

Batsa's Paintings capture this immediate surroundings. Culture and heritage dominate his paintings. Te preservation of heritage in a rapidly changing urban setting is one of his main concerns.

His oil paintings have a pleasing graphic and impressionistic quality about them. Each painting is a dream landscape shimmering out of the artist's own windows, ethereal in pastel hues. A magical ambience is created with recurring motifs: mountains, thick clouds and temples. Sharp, triangular tantric mountain shapes appear from within the womb of the more solid mountain forms, symbolizing the hidden mystery, spirituality and power of nature. A pensive Ganesh broods in the heavens, God is everywhere. To him, Ganesh is an Icon, Motif and a Mandala – the symbol of the expansion of consciousness. The detail from am old Newari window or door is isolated and explored to form the exotic borders that divide the painting into spiritual realms. Only celestial beings may inhabit this landscape.

S.K. Singha, a Nepalese art critics who reviewed Mr. Vaidya's paintings said, “constructed around symbolic images, Vaidya's works are truly Nepalese in character and original without being avant-grade, creating an atmosphere which is spiritual, the central characteristic of ancient Nepalese art. It is this aspect of his art which makes him an Artist whose imagination is deeply rooted in his soil.”

For his remarkable contributions towards the promotion and development of Nepalese arts, Batsa Gopal Vaidya was conferred Gorkha Dakshina Bahu fourth class by His Majesty the King. He has also the honor of being a recipient of prestigious awards like Birendra Gold Medal, NAFA and Gold Medal at Asian Art Biennial Bangladesh.

  • 1970 - Govt. Diploma in Art from Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay, India
  • 1968-70 - Special course on Print Making from Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay, India

Solo Exhibition

  • 1970 - NAFA Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 1989 - J. Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 1991 - J. Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 1992 - J. Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 1993 - Two men Exhibition, Sirjana Contemporary Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2001 - Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

Group Exhibition & Workshop

  • 1970-85, 95-98 - National Art Exhibition, NAFA, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 1971-89, 95 - SKIB-71 Exhibition (Darjeeling, Pokhara & Kathmandu), Nepal
  • 1975 - Nepali Painting Exhibition, Museum of Oriental Art, USSR
  • 1978, 1981 - Triennial Exhibition, New Delhi, India
  • 1980, 85, 89 - Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
  • 1981, 90, 93, 97 - Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, Dhaka
  • 1983 - National Art Exhibition, Artists Society of Nepal, Kathmandu
  • 1985 - Nepali Painting Exhibition, Moneka Gallery, Sidney, Australia
  • 1986 - Contemporary Asian Art show, Seoul, South Korea
  • 1991, 92 - Art Camp, organized by Goethe Institute, Nepal
  • 1992 - Young Contemporary Art Exhibition, SAARC Cultural Festival, India
  • 1993 - Introduction Nepal, Exhibition, Calcutta, India
  • 1996 - Ninth British International Print Biennale, Cartwright Hall Bradford, England
  • 1996 - Osaka Triennial 1996 - Painting, Osaka, Japan
  • 1996 - Four Asian Artists Exhibition, Gallery Naito, Nagoya, Japan
  • 1997 - International Art Exhibition, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 1997 - Two men Exhibition, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
  • 1999 - The Heart show, International Contemporary Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2000 - Nepalese Contemporary Art Exhibition, Park Tower Hall, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2000 - Organized by Asian Artist and Agoramax in Rambouillet, France
  • 2001 - Workshop organized by NAFA
  • 2002 - Sphote - Bamiyan Buddha Solidarity Spot Painting, Siddhartha Art Gallery & Habiart Foundation
  • 2002 - Made in Janakpur Art Camp, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2002 - National Art Exhibition, NAFA Gallery
  • 2003 - "Himalayan Expression 2003" organized by Siddhartha Art Gallery at the Habiart Gallery New Delhi, India
  • 2004 - "Drishti ko Upahar" organized by Eye Donation Information Center, Tilganga, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2006 - National Art Exhibition, NAFA Gallery
  • 2006 - "Khulla Dhoka"  Workshop and  Art Exhibition organized by Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2007 - "The Cow in The Nepali Imagination" organized by Gallery 9, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2007 - "Sangalo" organized by Nepal Lalitkala Munch, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2007 - "Theatre and Art" organized by Sarwanam- An Alternative Theatre Group, Nepal Art Council, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2007 - "AMALGAM" organized by Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2008 - "AMALGAM" organized by Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2009 - "Winter Flower Exhibition" organized by Sirjana College of Fine Arts, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2009 - "Creative Eyes" Workshop organized by Tilganga Eye Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2009 - "The Unforgettable Images" organized by Sirjana Majheri Pratisthan, Kathmandu University, Nepal
  • 2009 - "Separating myth of reality, Status of Women", International Art Festival, organized by Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 1970 - 1st prize, National Art Exhibition, NAFA, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 1974 - 1st prize, Poster Competition, International Population Year
  • 1977 - 1st prize, and Birendra Gold Medal, National Art Exhibition, NAFA, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 1981 - Gold Medal, 1st Biennale Exhibition, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 1987 - 3rd SAARC Shikhar Sammelan Smriti Padak
  • 1993 - Gorkha Dakshin Bahu 4th awarded by His Majesty the King of Nepal
  • 1996 - Gaddi Arohan Rajat Mahotsab Padak
  • 2003 - Birendra Aishworya Padak
  • 2006 - Rashtriya Pratibha Puraskar, Nepal Government


  • 2001 - Certificate of Appreciation by Rastriya Bibhuti Sankhadhar Sakhwa Pratima Nirman Samiti, Madhyapur, Thimi (For making the sketch of Sankhadhar Sakhwa for the first time)
  • 2006 - Certificate of Appreciation by Members of Saugal Tole (For receiving Rashtriya Pratibha Puraskar)
  • 2006 - Certificate of Appreciation by Nyeku Jatra Mataya Byawastha Samiti (For the contribution in the management of the Nyeku Jatra)
  • 2008 - Letter of Appreciation from Friend of Bagmati for contribution on Bagmati on Canvas, 2008
  • Royal Palace of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Birendra Art Gallery, NAFA, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Office of the Representative of Nepal to the United Nations, New York
  • Bradford Art Gallery and Museum, Bradford, England
  • Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
  • Birendra International Conference Hall, Nepal
  • Gorkha Durbar, Gorkha, Nepal
  • Nepal Telecom Office, Pokhara, Nepal
  • Rastriya Banijya Bank, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Many other public and private collections in Nepal, India & abroad

Special Involvement

  • Outline of main Design of "Mandala Park" at Maitighar, Kathmandu, Nepal


  • "Stick Figure" Published by Training Material Production Center
  • Srijanatmak Kriyakalap Kasari
  • Creative Expression Through Art, Book 5, Published by Sajha Prakashan

Batsa Gopal Vaidya
Date of Birth : 1946-10-19

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