Born in Mumbai in 1928, Padamsee received a diploma in Fine Arts from the Sir J.J. School of Art in 1951 and moved to Paris the same year. In 1965 he received the J.D. Rockefeller III Fund Fellowship and worked as artist-in-residence at the Stout State University, Wisconsin. His most recent solo shows include those held at Galerie Helene Lamarque, Paris in 2008; Aicon Gallery, New York and Palo Alto in 2006-7; the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbao in 2006; and Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2003, 02, 1999, 97, 96, 94, 93, 86, 75, 74 and 72. Restrospective exhibitions of his works were organized by Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2004 and Art Heritage, New Delhi and Mumbai in 1980. His group shows include those held at Nehru Center, London in 2005; and Saffronart and Pundole Art Gallery, New York in 2001 and 2002. In 1969-70, Padamsee was awarded the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship and made four short films. In 2004 he was awarded the Lalit Kala Ranta by the Lalit Kala Akademie, New Delhi, and in 1997-98, he received the Kalidas Samman from the Madhya Pradesh State Government. Padamsee lives and works in Mumbai.