Contemporary Indian artist Rameshwar Broota was born in the year 1941 in Delhi. His works of genius fundamentally syndicates imaginary elements with and tangible worldly objects. So a first-timer might as well experience a sense of incongruity while studying his paintings.
At a very young age, Broota connected with his artistic side. So his love for fine arts began surfacing on canvas at a tender age.
Education & Work
Rameshwar obtained his graduation degree in the year 1954. His subject was Fine Arts and he pursued the course at the Delhi College of Art. He joined his alma mater as a lecturer after obtaining the degree. Later in the year 1958, Broota switched to Jamia Milia Islamia and later to the Sarda Ukil College. He then went on to join the Triveni Kala Sangam. Since the year 1984, Broota has been serving as the HOD (Head of Art Department) at the same institution and he lives and works out of New Delhi.
Most of Broota’s works depict icons and images that emerge out of his subliminal character. While he claims that his works divulge an instantaneous realism, even then, his paintings and masterpieces portray an everlasting past. According to broota himself a man’comatosis a repository of immense knowledge and impressions.. These thoughts ultimately get retained within. A clear illustration of these thoughts of Rameshwar can be observed in his Gorilla series. Works belonging to this chain represent a pre-human genuineness epitomised by a petrifying callousness. With time, Broota has shifted more towards mysticism. So today’s his works are mystical and represent less viciousness.
His works are famous for their incorporation of muscular and emaciated male bodies. These are a demonstration to the passage of time. Today, Broota has a perfect technique that he coincidentally came up with. So his paintings integrate layers of different colored paints on the surface and then he tops them with a final dark coat. Following this he scratches the upper layers of the painting with a sharp knife to immaculately uncover his radiant masterpieces.
Some of Broota’s prominent solo exhibitions are as follows:
- In the year 2011, he hosted the ‘This End to the other’ exhibition at the Shridharani Gallery in Triveni Kala Sangam as well as at the Vadehra Art Gallery in New Delhi.
- His photography geniuses were revealed in the year 2008 at ‘Photographs by Rameshwar Broota’. This exhibition as presented at the Sakshi Gallery and Vadehra Art Gallery in Mumbai.
- The Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery organized an exhibition of his paintings within the Triveni Kala Sangam in New Delhi.
- ‘Archeology of Experience’ was held through 2004 05 and was systematized by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi. It was also exhibited at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in Mumbai and also at the Gallery 88 in Kolkata.
- Another exhibition by Broota comprises of the ‘Edge of Precipice’ in 2001 by the Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi; ‘Faces’ held at Genesis Art Gallery, Kolkata and the ‘Man Series ‘are two other noticeable solo exhibitions by this artist.
Rameshwar has also participated in several group exhibitions throughout his career. To name a few are ‘Roti, Kapda aur Makaan’,‘Exhibition of Photographs’, ‘Form and Formlessness’, ‘Natural Bodies, Subverted Canons’, ‘Figure/Landscape: Part Two ‘Freedom to March: Rediscovering Gandhi through Dandi’,’10 X 10’,‘Paper Trails’, ‘Progressive to Alter modern: 62 years of Indian Modern Art’ at the Grosvenor Gallery in London.
Awards and Accolades
- In the year 1997, Broota bagged the title of ‘Kala Vibhushan’. This honors was conferred upon him by the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi.
- In the year 1988, he achieved the LN Gupta Memorial Award.
- Between 1987 and 88, Rameshwar excelled as a Senor Fellowship awarded of the Government of India.
- He was reverenced thrice with the National Award from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1980, 81 and 84.
- In 1973 and 75 he won the winner’s prize from the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society in New Delhi.
- In 1976, Broota obtained the Hyderabad Art Society Award for Graphics.