Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (V. S. Gaitonde) (1924–2001) was regarded as one of India’s foremost abstract painters.He completed his art diploma at Sir J. J. School of Art in 1948, and in 1950 was invited to join the influential Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group.
He received Padma Shri Award in 1971.
Gaitonde was born in 1924, in Nagpur, Maharastra, to Goan parents. He received his art diploma from the J. J. School of Art in 1948.
V. S. Gaitonde was the first Indian contemporary painter whose work was sold for 9 million (US$140,000) at a 2005 Osians art auction in Mumbai.In 2013, one of Gaitonde’s untitled painting sold for 237 million (US$3.6 million), set a record for an Indian artist at Christie’s debut auction in India.