Krishna Hebbar was born in 1911 in Karnataka and received his diploma from the Sir J J School of Art in 1938.A visit to Europe in 1949 exposed him to some of the best works in western art and he finally settled down to study at the Academy Julian in Paris. An adroit draughtsman, his studies like Mahim Darga won him the National Award in 1956 to be followed by awards in the annual exhibitions of the in 1957 and 195 8. Hebbar had also received the Gold Medal of the Bombay Art Society in 1947. He was Chairman of the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1980 and President of the Bombay Art Society in 1990. The Padamshri was awarded to the veteran artist in 1961 and the Padma Bhushan in 1989. He died at the age of 85 in 1996. Among several important shows both in India and abroad, Hebbar had participated in international exhibitions like the Venice Biennale, the Sao Paulo Biennale and the Tokyo Biennale.