Nagpur-born Gaitonde (1924-2001) went to the Sir J. J. School of Art and was considered an abstract painter, but preferred calling his work "non-objective". He believed that "there is no such thing as abstract art." Gaitonde was also asked to join the Bombay Progressive Artists' Group, which comprised M. F. Husain, S .H. Raza, Tyeb Mehta, and F. N. Souza, among other big names.