In an attempt to keep our content accurate and representative of evolving scholarship, we invite you to give feedback on any information in this article.

    This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


    Herve Perdriolle

    Map Academy

    Articles are written collaboratively by the EIA editors. More information on our team, their individual bios, and our approach to writing can be found on our About pages. We also welcome feedback and all articles include a bibliography (see below).

    A collector, critic, and curator, Herve Perdriolle is known for his role in showcasing and promoting Indian artists working in living traditions such as Madhubani painting, Pithora painting, Gond painting and Warli painting.

    Perdriolle encountered Indian art during his three-year stint in Puducherry, during which he met the Warli exponent Jivya Soma Mashe. He travelled through Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, meeting several indigenous artists. In 1998, he organised an exhibition that platformed contemporary Indian artists working in living traditions at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Following this, he facilitated a collaboration between the British sculptor Richard Long and Mashe in 2003, which was later presented at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldof, Germany the same year and at the Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Italy.

    Perdriolle curated the exhibition Nek Chand – Jivya Soma Mashe at the Halle Saint–Pierre, Paris in 2007. In 2010, the patua paintings of Monimala Chitrakar and Swarna Chitrakar were exhibited in a show titled NG et Les Patuas at the Musée International Des Arts Modeste in Séte, France. In 2014, he presented Kaleidoscopic India at the Maison Guerlain and Artcurial in Paris, showcasing the works of Jangarh Singh Shyam, Ram Singh Urveti and Chano Bai. He has curated exhibitions for the Cidade Matarazzo in Sao Paolo, Brazil; Outsider Art Fair, New York; Fondation Cartier, Paris and the Manor of the City of Martigny, Switzerland.

    The international exposure and patronage towards these artists have subsequently nurtured the second generation of indigenous artists working in the folds of similar traditions, but with a contemporary visual sensibility. Perdriolle has continued to support the Mashe’s sons, Balu and Sadashiv and the artists Mayur and Tushar Vayeda. In 2012, he published Indian Contemporary Art: Contemporary, One Word, Several Worlds which incorporates the work of Warli, Gond, Pithora and Madhubani art.

    Perdriolle lives and works in Paris, where he runs a gallery out of an apartment.


    Our website is currently undergoing maintenance and re-design, due to which we have had to take down some of our bibliographies. While these will be re-published shortly, you can request references for specific articles by writing to

    Related Content