Padamsee (12 April 1928 – 6 January 2020) completed his Diploma in Fine Arts from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1949 before moving on to Stout State University, Wisconsin after receiving J.D. Rockefeller III Fellowship in 1965.
Along with several group and solo shows held throughout his long career, he had participated in Biennales including the Venice in 1953 and 1955; Sao Paulo and Tokyo in 1959; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford in 1981; Royal Academy of Arts, London in 1982 and National des Arts Plastiques, Paris in 1985.
He was awarded the Padama Bhushan from the Government of India in 2010. He was also the recipient of the Kailash Lalit Kala Award, New Delhi in 2010; the Dayawati Modi Award in 2008; Lalit Kala Ratna, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 2004; Kalidas Samman by the Madhya Pradesh Government 1997-98, etc. He also received the Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship and made four short films in 1969-70.