Born in 1939, Ahmedabad. Manu Parekh studied drawing and painting from Sir JJ School of Arts, Bombay. His career has spanned varied experiences ranging from being a painter to acting and designing. A stint as Art Designer at the Weavers' Service Center, Bombay and then as Design Consultant for the Handicraft and Handloom Export Corporation of India, took him on extensive travels throughout India besides Europe, USSR and elsewhere, before his turning to full time painting. Manu Parekh's deft handling of his imagery, texture, palette and the variety of subjects that encompass his creative outpouring are manifested in his amazing Benaras series and still life works. The energy of the organic form and the inherent sexuality within the forms are intangible elements in his paintings that provoke viewers to take note of the world around with its volatile energy and the attendant emotions of anguish or joy. In his skillful brush strokes the ghats, the river, the boats, the temples and the surroundings capture the colour, culture and mood of the city and its people. Remarkable for its play with light and shade, echoing the changing colours and moods of the flowers are his works in still life series that present a picture perfect imagery.