Prafulla Dhananukar (1934 – 2014) was born in Goa. She served the cause of art and painting for all her life, as committee member of the Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi from 1974 to 1979, and the President of Bombay Art Society from 1993 to 1998. She was a trustee of the Jehangir Art Gallery, committee member of Kala Academy in Goa for over three decades, and the President of the Art Society of India and the Chairperson of The Artists’ Center, Mumbai. The government of France awarded Dhananukar a scholarship for her study of graphic art at Ecole de Beaux Arts and Atelier.
Mario Miranda (1926 – 2011) drew vignettes of Goan village life. He is a globally acclaimed and nationally respected artistic figure who held solo exhibitions in over 22 countries. He was posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award, by the President of India in April 2012. After retirement, Miranda lived in his ancestral home, at Loutolim, a village in Salcete, Goa.
Wendell Rodricks (1960 – 2020) is a Padma Shri award-winning designer and known for infusing modern aesthetics with traditional Goan influences, Rodricks was also an author, environmentalist and gay rights activist. Wendell’s first collection from Goa earned him the title ‘Guru of Minimalism’. His next collection in 1995 pioneered the concept of ‘resort wear’ and eco-friendly garments in India and eventually put Goa on the fashion map of the world.
Subodh Kerkar (born 26 August 1959), is a contemporary Indian painter, sculptor and installation artist, and the founder of the Museum of Goa. Acclaimed for his artworks and installations, Subodh’s work has been displayed in India and abroad, including art exhibitions such as the Sculpture by the Sea in 2011 and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2018 to name a few. At present, Subodh is a resident of Pilerne Industrial Estate, in Bardez, Goa.