Artiste Rameshwar Broota

 Rameshwar Broota
Rameshwar Broota, born in New Delhi in 1941, graduated from the College of Art, New Delhi in 1964. As the head of the Department of Art, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, Broota has been teaching and inspiring many artists of the younger generation.Since the beginning of his career Broota has been deeply involved in the contemporary human situation that degrades individuals and pollutes relationship between them on the social plane. His early oil paintings, showing, 'humanized' gorillas, were corrosively satirical and showed the artist's concern for the socio-moral being of man. Over the decades, though not a prolific painter, Broota evolved a technique of painting mostly in monochrome: On the canvas surface, usually painted in matte black, he works with a sharp, thin blade to bring in light and forms, exposing the white surface below, creating deep spatial dimensions. In this phase he focuses on monumental humans, wounded, hardened and somehow dehumanized. In some paintings he shows man against a forbidding wall on which appear illegible hieroglyphics, suggesting the inscrutable destiny of man. His highly personalized technique less painterly in application of paint, has the quality of a graphic print.

His paintings have been shown in many solo and prestigious group shows, namely 'Pictorial Space' presented by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (1 977), 'India: Myth and Reality', Museum of Modem Art, Oxford (1982), 'Modern Indian Painting', Hirsch horn Museum, Washington D.C. (1982), Biennales in Tokyo and Dhaka, 'Art for Man', Saddam Centre for International Art, Baghdad, (1 986), International Art Fair, Cagnes-sur-Mer (1976).Broota lives and works in New Delhi.

1997 – ‘Kala Vibhushan’, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi
1988 – LN Gupta Memorial Award
1987, 88 – Senior Fellowship of the Government of India
1980, 81 and 84 – National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1976 – Hyderabad Art Society Award for Graphics
1973, 75 – All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award, New Delhi

1985 – ‘The Body’, Conceptualization and Direction
1985 – ‘Biography of Life’, Conceptualization and Direction
These experimental video art films were shown at Shridharani Gallery in 1987.
1991 – ‘Shabash Bete’, with Vasundhara Tewari
These three films were part of the ‘Art in Cinema’, an event celebrating 50 years of Lalit Kala Akademi, at National Museum auditorium in 2004
2001 – ‘Eashwar Mime Company’, Visual Direction and Body painting

2011 – ‘This End to the Other’, Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam; Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2009 – ‘Counterparts’, Vadehra Art Gallery; Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
2008 – ‘Photographs by Rameshwar Broota’, presented by Sakshi Gallery and Vadehra Art Gallery at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2007 – Organized by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
2004-05 – ‘Archeology of Experience’, Organized by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai and Gallery 88 Kolkatta
2001 – ‘Edge of Precipice’, Organized by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
1998 – Vadehra Art Gallery and Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
1990 – ‘Faces’ in Genesis Art Gallery, Kolkatta
1982 – ‘Man Series’, Kolkatta

2012 – ‘Roti, Kapda aur Makaan’, Ojas Art, New Delhi
2012 – Suruchi Art Gallery, Noida
2011 – ‘Exhibition of Photographs’, 1X1 Gallery, Dubai
2011 – ‘Form and Formlessness’, Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon
2011 – ‘Natural Bodies, Subverted Canons’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010-11 – ‘Figure/Landscape: Part Two’, Aicon Gallery, London
2010 – ‘Freedom to March: Rediscovering Gandhi through Dandi’, presente by Ojas Art at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2010 – ’10 X 10’, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi
2010 – ‘Paper Trails’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2009 – ‘Progressive to Altermodern: 62 years of Indian Modern Art’, Grosvenor Gallery, London
2009 – ‘Zip Files’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
2009 – ‘Master Class’, The Arts Trust, Mumbai
2008 – ‘Modern and Contemporary Indian Art’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Dlehi
2008 – ‘Still Moving Image’, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, New Delhi
2008 – ‘Mapping Memories – 1’, Painted Travelogues of China and Greece, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi
2007 – ‘Body Mind Soul’, organized  by Gallery Threshold at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2007 – ‘The Eye Within’, Presente by The Shrine Gallery at Roman Rolland Gallery, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi
2006-07 – Inventing/Inverting Traditions’, Indian Art II/III, Grosvenor Vadehra, London
2004 – ‘Art Musing’, annual show, Museum gallery, Mumbai
2004 – Arts India Gallery show, New York
2002 – ‘Palette 2002’, Palette Art Gallery, Habitat Art Gallery
2002 – ‘Celebration of Colours’, organize by Vadehra Art Gallery, Jehangir Gallery, Mumbai
2000 – ‘Celebration of Human Image’, Gallery 42, Habitat Art Gallery, New Delhi
2000 – ‘Distillations’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai
2000 – ‘Contemporary Indian Painting’, organized by Art Motif, Habitat Centre, New Delhi
1999 – ‘Contemporary Art of India’, Peabody Essex Museum, USA
1999 – ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, Mumbai and New Delhi
1998 – ‘Multimedia Art of 90’s’, CIMA Art Gallery, Kolkatta
1998 – Group show with Jogen Chowdhury, Manjit Bawa and Gieve Patel, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
1997 – ‘Intuitive Logic II’, Osian’s exhibition and auction in Delhi and Mumbai
1997 – Masanori Fukuoka’s Contemporary Indian Art Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata
1997 – ‘50 Years of Indian Independence’, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
1997 – ‘Tryst with Destiny’ organized by CIMA, Singapore Art Museum
1997 – ‘Major Trends in Contemporary Indian Art after Independence’, Lalit Kala Akademi
1996 – ‘Modern and Contemporary Indian Paintings 100 Years’, Sotheby’s auction, London
1995 – Contemporary Indian Paintings from the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection, Part I, at Sotheby’s auction, New York
1995 – Indian Contemporary Paintings, Christie’s auction, London
1995 – ‘River of Art’, inaugural exhibition of Art Today, New Delhi
1990 – Gallery 7, Bombay
1988 – ‘The Timeless Art’, exhibition and auction by Sotheby’s in Bombay
1988 – Taka Oka, Municipal Museum of Art and Meguro Museum of Art Display Gallery and Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi
1987 – ‘Six Painters’ Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi
1984 – Exhbitions in Gallery 7, Bombay; Tokyo Biennale, Japan; and the Bangladesh Biennale
1982 – ‘Modern Indian Painting’ in Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C
1982 – ‘Contemporary Indian Paintings’ in Darmstadt and other cities in West Germany
1980 – ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Dubai
1973-74 – Touring exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art in Poland, Yugoslavia, Sweden, Bulgaria and Belgium
1972 – ‘Graphics – Group 8’, Manchester
1965 to1970 – participated in several group shows at Delhi Silpi Chakra elsewhere in New Delhi

1971 – ‘Words and Lines’, large painting titled ‘Gorilla Series’ with artist K. Khosa, New Delhi

2011 – ‘Miniscule Marvel’, presented by Contemplate at Gallery BMB, Mumbai
2011 – ‘Manifestations V’, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 – ‘Time Unfolded’, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
2010 – ‘Art Celebrates 2010: Sports and the City’, represented by Vadehra Art Gallery, at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games
2009 – ‘Expressions at Tihar’, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
2008 – ‘Moderns’, Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan
2004 – ‘Art Musing’, annual show, Museum Gallery, Mumbai
2004 – Arts India Gallery, annual show, New York
1987 – Festival of India in Geneva and Switzerland
1986 – Havana Biennale, Cuba
1986 – Festival of Art Biennale-Baghdad, Iraq
1982 – ‘India: Myth and Reality- aspects of modern Indian art’, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England
1980-81 and 1984 – National Exhibitions of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1976 – International Art Fair – Biennale – Cagnes-Sur-Mer-France
Broota’s works are housed in leading collections in India and abroad including the National Gallery on Modern Art, the President’s House, Lalit Kala Akademies, a number of educational and other institutions, the Joseph Broz Tito Museum in Yugoslavia, the Kunst Museum in Dusseldrof and various private collections in India, USA, Germany, Switzerland, UK, France, Mexico, Sweden and Dubai. The Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection, USA, Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, USA, theJane and Kito De Boer Collection, Dubai, Rajshree Pathy,Coambatore, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi and Greater Noida.

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