Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra, is one of the biggest, well developed cities in industries, commerce, education etc. At a time when art education was slowly spreading all over Maharashtra and very few art institutions operated in Greater Mumbai, three contemporary artists, Shri S.K. Thosar, Shri R. S. Patkar and Shri M. S. Joshi came together and started ‘Model Art Institute’ in 1939. Shri M. V. Bhave and Shri R. P. Joshi joined them later.
The Institute started teaching drawing, painting and commercial art to needy students. Though Government grants were not available immediately, the satisfactory progress of the institute soon helped it to get token grants from the state Government.