Great Banyan Art was incorporated in 2004 by husband and wife art collectors Neeraj and Radhika Batra. Their passion for collecting art began in the 1990’s and over time evolved beyond the walls of their home. The couple began collecting historically important works by India’s foremost artists such as by F. N Souza, Tyeb Mehta, V.S Gaitonde, Amrita Sher-Gil, S.H.Raza, M.F. Husain, Akbar Padamsee, Atul Dodiya, Anju Dodiya and other leading Indian artists.
Over the past Two Decades the Great Banyan Art Collection has been built keeping in mind quality and carefully researched provenance. Having worked closely with leading auction houses such as Christies, Sotheby’s and Saffron Art, Great Banyan Art is proud to have achieved notable sales and set record prices for Indian art from its collection. In 2018 the company consigned Tapovan by S.H. Raza to Christies which went on to create a world record for the artist and in 2021 sold an iconic Amrita Sher-Gil, which is now part of Kiran Nadar Museum of Art's prestigious collection.
Beyond Indian Art, the Batra family's extensive travels especially across Southeast Asia influenced them to begin collecting compelling artworks from the Southeast Asian region. The family collection also includes artworks by leading artists from China, Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia.
Today, Great Banyan Art has moved further into this new orbit and the collection has extended beyond borders, showcasing artists across 30 countries and diverse genres such as African Art, Pop Art, Street Art, European Masters and so on. A few leading contemporary artists such as Aboudia, Geraldine Javier, Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Annie Cabigting, Chen Yiming, Fidia Falaschetti, Heiner Meyer, Julio Larraz, Mr Brainwash and editions by Jeff Koons are now part of the gallery collection. Since 2021 the family's focus has been particularly on African Art and over 100 contemporary African artworks have been acquired from leading African artists such as Aboudia, Rene Tavares, Lagunju, Nedia Were, Phillip Thomas, Obedina, Mensah and Ocheja among many others.
In late 2021 the family's collection was covered by Sotheby’s as a recognition of its key role in Indian art.
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