Ranbir was born in Patiala, Punjab in the year 1953. He had been an ardent art lover from a very young age and his love for art showed in his masterpieces after he took up fine arts as a profession in the later stage of his life.
Education & Work
He obtained a five year Diploma in Painting from the esteemed College of Art in Punjab University, Chandigarh. Later on, in the year 1970, he was offered a teaching position at the same institution in the fine arts department. Further on, he went ahead to become a senior faculty member in the Fine Arts Department, College for Women, Punjabi University, Patiala between 1976 and 77. Thereafter Kaleka was appointed as a fine art teacher at the Delhi College of Art, New Delhi. He continued in this college for 5 years through the years 1980 to85.
Ranbir obtained an M.A. in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London; at that time he was covered under the Charles Wallace Scholarship. It was a 2 year long course that he pursued between 1985 and87.
Kaleka has illustrated his artistic genius on paper and also on canvas. His specialty spans across oils, mixed media, and fabric paint. Each one of his artworks displays a surrealist view of daily life monotony. Every one of his lines suggest a sharp display of characterization that can be cuttingly traced. Moreover, the splash of colors is consciously undemonstrative to a certain extent.
He also has a strong influence in the art film scenario. All his interests in Indian art sprang into live form on screen through his video art imagery. In these art forms also Kaleka successfully sight-saw the special effects of uniting a real painted image with an ordinary image made out of light. The resultant effect was a hyper image that accomplished an greatness and delicacy of tints. This further imbued the stationary through a unique sense of association through the careful amalgamation of audio and video.
Some of his prominent solo exhibitions are as follows:
- In the year 2012, he attended the Volte Gallery & Saffron Art Gallery and the exhibition was titled ‘Ranbir Kaleka “Fables”. It was conducted in Delhi.
- 2010 saw his illustrations being displayed at the Volte Gallery under the title ‘Sweet Unease’ in Mumbai.
- Prior to this, in 2009, he demonstrated his skills at the Bose Pacia Gallery under the title ‘Reading Man’ in New York.
- Back in 2008, he had presented his masterworks at the Bose Pacia Gallery under the title ‘Fables from the House of Ibaan: stage - I’ in New York.
- Similarly, in 2007, he unveiled his artworks at the Spertus Museum titled ‘Consider’. This was a one-of-a-kind multi-media installation that has been commissioned for permanent display in Chicago.
- In 2005, the Bose Pacia Gallery exposed ‘Crossings’ in New York.
- In 1995, his exhibition was put up in Art Today Gallery at New Delhi, India.
At present Kaleka resides in New Delhi and is still working out of the Indian national capital.
Awards and Accolades
In the year 1979, Ranbir was honored with the National Award from the respected Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
In the year 1986, he was bestowed with the Sanskriti Award in New Delhi.