Francisco Victor Newton de Souza, popularly known as F.N. Souza, was born in Saligao, Goa in 1924. In 1940, he joined the Sir JJ School of Art in Bombay. In 1945, he was expelled from this institution because he had participated in the Quit India Movement. Later, he became the founder of the Progressive Artists’ Group which included people like M.F. Husain, HA Gade, K.H. Ara, SK Bakre and SH Raza.
In 1948, he participated in an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. He created the most remarkable paintings in the 50s and 60s.
The artist passed away on March 28, 2002, but is fondly remembered for his thought-provoking paintings and line drawings.