The Cruzo Studio was the workshop of Antonio Piedade da Cruz (1895-1982), known as Cruzo, an extraordinary Indian painter and sculptor whose work bridged Indian and European, academic and symbolic art traditions in the first half of the twentieth century.
The actual studio in Mumbai was disbanded, but this site contains over 150 pages dedicated to the memory of the outstanding life that Cruzo lived and to his art, which is only slowly being rediscovered.
Cruzo was well known as one of Mumbai’s most sought-after portrait painters in the 1930s and 1940s, but he produced equally fine sculptures and symbolic paintings, especially those of political nature.
Mahatma Gandhi was of particular inspiration and Cruzo dedicated a series of works to him, the “Historical Episodes in the life of Mahatma Gandhi”. The Episodes were the subject of the last of many exhibitions of his works held during Cruzo’s lifetime, and the “Sanctum of Gandhi” is central to the most recent exhibition of Cruzo’s oil paintings, Ranjit Hoskote’s “Quest for Cruzo“, shown at Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts, in July 2016.
This website is conceived as a resource for all who are interested in the life and art of Cruzo. Please use the menu or follow the links to discover its content and if you are aware of additional information, leads or corrections, please leave them as comments so that the site can be updated.