BORN - 1935
1957 M.A. in Malayalam Literature, Kerala University
1975 Study Tour of Japan on Japan Foundation Grant
1961 Diploma in Fine Arts and Crafts, Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, Ph. D. in ‘Mural
Painting of Kerala’, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan
1962 Received national Award for Painting from Lalit Kala Akademy( New Delhi)
1961-62 Written and illustrated about fifty children picture books published in India, Japan, England
and the USA
2016 Earthern Pot: Image Poems 2016, Vadehra Art Gallery
2015 Yayati: A Portfolio of 12, Vadehra Art Gallery
2014 Ekalinji Fantasy - Paintings and Sculptures, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2013 Selected Works from 1964 – 2013, Durbar Hall, Lalit Kala Academy, Kochi
2013 Dhyanachitra, Vadehra Art Gallery
2009 Bahurupi, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2008 Recent Works, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2008 Recent Works – A Ramachandran, London Gallery
2007-08 Face to Face: Art Practice of A Ramachandran, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai & New York
2005 Illustration of 'Gaudi's Ocean', Nami Island, South Korea
2004 A Ramachandran: A Retrospective, Curated by Rupika Chawla & organized by National
Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi with Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2002 Selected Works, Vadehra Art Gallery
2001 Imagined Territory, Vadehra Art Gallery
1997 The Lotus Pond at Obeshwar, organized by Kala Yatra, Sista's Art Gallery, Bangalore
1994 Reality in Search of Myth, traveling show by Kala Yatra at Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore,
Mumbai & New Delhi
2013 Ideas of the Sublime, Curated by Gayatri Sinha and presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit
Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2011 Natural Bodies, Subverted Canons, Vadehra Art Gallery
2010 Paper Trails, Vadehra Art Gallery
2010 Freedom to March: Rediscovering Gandhi through Dandi, presented by Ojas Art at Lalit Kala
Akademi, New Delhi
2010 10 x 10, Group Show, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi
2010 The Living Insignia, Gallery Ensign, New Delhi
2010 Black and White, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2009 Kalpana: Figurative Art in India, presented by The Indian Council for Cultural Relations,
Aicon Gallery, London
2008 Modern & Contemporary Indian Art, Vadehra Art Gallery
2006-07 Inventing/Inverting Traditions, Group Show, Grosvenor Vadehra, London
2003 Pictorial Transformations, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
2003 Celebration of Color, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai & Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2002 Yayati, solo show, Art Heritage, New Delhi
2000 Celebration of Human Image, organized by Thinking Eye, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
A. Ramachandran was born in 1935 in a small town Attingal in Southern Kerala. In 1957, he obtained his Master’s degree in Malayalam Literature. His interest in art leads him to join Santiniketan where he trained under masters such as Ramkinkar Baij and Benode Behari Mukherjee. He moved to Delhi in 1965 and became a lecturer and eventually the head of the art department in Jamia Millia Islamia University till 1992.
Initially, Ramachandran’s works were aligned with the ideology of the left and comprised of powerful socially realistic figuration. By the 1980s urban reality was no longer a preoccupation and he was influenced by a tribal community in Rajasthan and Kerala temple murals. Myths became a great resource for him. The first in this new style was ‘Yayati’, a retelling of this story from the Mahabharata.
In 2003 he designed the granite bas-relief sculpture at the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial at Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. In the same year the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi organized a retrospective of his work.
Ramachandran is the author of a study on Kerala temple murals ‘Abode of Gods: Mural Traditions of Kerala’ and has written and illustrated numerous children’s books published in India, Japan, Britain and the United States for which he received the Noma Concours Awards of 1978 and 1980.
In 2005, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan and in 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi. Ramachandran lives and works in New Delhi.
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