Biography Vishwa R. Mehra, art conservator-restorer

Vishwa Raj Mehra graduated from the College of Art at the University of Calcutta in India and worked as a Lecturer at the School of Art in Simla, India. He did post-graduate studies in the conservation and restoration of paintings at the Ljubbljana Academy in Slovenia and continued his studies and research from 1962 to 1964 in Vienna, Austria, and in Rome. He was a consultant for UNESCO in Israel from 1964 to 1966. In 1966 he began his career at the Central Research Laboratory of Art, Object and Science in Amsterdam, where he remained until 1990. He started up the Department of Applied Research for the restoration of paintings on canvas. He has developed an alternative approach to current restoration techniques for paintings on canvas, based on the philosophy of Minimal Conservation Intervention. Between 1966 and 1990 he has published numerous articles for ICOM. Subsequent to his formal career he has held many CPD courses for Restorers at important Institutes in Italy and other Countries on the consolidation and cold-pressure lining techniques that he has developed.