Govinda Sah ‘Azad’ was born in 1974, in Rajbiraj, Nepal. From an early age he was interested in drawing and sculpture. He left Nepal to live in India and from 1991-94, worked as a sign board and wall painter in Delhi. In 1995, he returned to Kathmandu and joined the Fine Art College to realise his dream to become a painter. During his studies, he participated in several group exhibitions which resulted in a successful first solo exhibition in 1999. It was at this point that the Professor and Campus Chief of the Fine Art College and prominent artist Govinda Dongol dubbed Govinda Sah as “Lion Heart”.
From March-June 2000, Govinda began a nation-wide cycle tour to spread the awareness of peace through art under title The 21st Century is the Century of Art and Peace. During the three month tour, he held several art shows, workshops, and gave lectures in schools and to community groups. Govinda then travelled and held solo exhibitions in Mumbai, India, and Dhaka, Bangladesh and returned to Nepal to graduate with a BA in Fine Art in 2003.
He joined the MA Fine Art course in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2006, but relatively soon thereafter acquired sponsorship and moved to the UK to study. Govinda obtained a MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in 2008. This young and prolific artist has held numerous solo art exhibitions and group shows in Nepal and internationally. He has also co-ordinated a number of art workshops under the sponsorship of the UN and Bangladesh Embassy in Nepal. Some of his exhibitions have been sponsored and organised by the British Council in Nepal and Egypt’s Ambassador to Nepal. Govinda Sah’s works can be found in private collections worldwide.