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A. Ramachandran

BORN
1935 Attingal, Kerela

 

EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS
1975 Study Tour of Japan on Japan Foundation Grant
1962 -65 Ph. D. 'Mural Painting of Kerala', Visva Bharati
1957-61 Diploma in Fine Arts and Crafts ,Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan
1954 -57 M.A.(Malayalam Literature), Kerala University

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 'Earthen Pot : Image Poems 2016', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2014 Two part exhibition, 'A Retrospective: Drawings, sketches and studies 1958 - 2014 and Ekalinji Fantasy: Paintings and sculptures 2009 - 2014', presented by Vadehra Art Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2013 'A. Ramachandran-Selected Works from 1964 - 2013, Durbar Hall Gallery, Kochi organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2009 'Bahurupi', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2008 Presented by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2008 'Recent Works', Grosvenor Vadehra, London
2007-08 Face to Face, Art Practice of A Ramachandran, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai and New York
2006 'The Universe in the Lotus Pond', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi; Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
2005 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2005 Illustrations of Gaudis Ocean, exhibited at Nami Island, South Korea
2002 Exhibition of Watercolors, organized by Fine Arts Resource, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2002 Yayati, Art Heritage, New Delhi
2001 Imagined Territory, paintings, drawings and sculpture, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
1998 Icons of the Raw Earth, Part-I, an Exhibition of Bronze Sculptures and Drawings at Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi;
1998 Icons of the Raw Earth, Part-II, an Exhibition of Bronze Sculptures and Drawings at Art Today, New Delhi
1998 Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi
1997 The Lotus Pond at Obeshwar, organized by Kala Yatra, Sistas Art Gallery, Bangalore
1996 Paintings and Watercolors, Arks Gallery, London
1994 Reality in Search of Myth, organized by Kala Yatra, Bangalore at Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi
1991 Urvashi Pururavas and the Lotus Pond, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi
1991 Paintings and Watercolors, Kala Yatra, Bangalore
1986 Completed the large mural of 60 x 8 and a group of 13 Bronze Sculptures commissioned by E Alkazi, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi
1984 Water Bodies ,Lalit Kala Studios, Garhi
1981 Puppet Theatre, Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi
1979 21 Portfolios of Etchings, sponsored by SHAOOR, Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai
1978 Retrospective, organized by Kumar Gallery, Hansalaya, New Delhi
1977,75,70,68,67,66 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

 

SELECTED RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITIONS
2004 Retrospective, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi
2003 National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi
1983 Retrospective, organized by Kumar Gallery at Art Heritage, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013 'Ideas of the Sublime', presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2012 'Gallery Collection', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2012 'Gallery Collection', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 'The Path of the Lotus: Indian Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London
2011 'Natural Bodies, Subverted Canons', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010 'Freedom to March: Rediscovering Gandhi through Dandi', presented 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
2010 'The Living Insignia', Gallery Ensign, New Delhi
2010 'Black and White', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2009 'Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London
2009 'Kalpana: Figurative Art in India', presented by The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at Aicon Gallery, London; The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
2008 'Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2007 High on Art, Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2006-07 Indian Art Part II: Inventing / Inverting Traditions, Grosvenor Vadehra, London
2006 Naked Line, Drawings by 12 Artists in New Delhi and Mumbai, organized by Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2005 Spirit Set Free Golden Jubilee Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi
2003 Celebration of Color, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery and The Times of India, Mumbai and New Delhi
2003 Pictorial Transformations, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi
2000 Celebration of Human Image, organized by Thinking Eye, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2000 Point Counterpoint, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
1997 Colors of Independence, organized by Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi and Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata 1997 Major Trends of Indian Art : 50th Anniversary of Indian Independence, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1997 Contemporary Indian Art : Rediscovering the Roots, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi at Lima, Peru
1997 Indian Contemporary Art : Post Independence, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi
1996 Contemporary Indian Painters, organized by Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and New Delhi
1996 Chamatkara: Myth and Magic in Indian Art, organized by Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA),Kolkata at Whitleys Art Gallery, London
1995 Inaugural Exhibition, Art Today, New Delhi
1995 Indian Contemporary Painting, Christies Exhibition / Auction
1994 Drawing 94, organized by Gallery Espace, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi
1994 Review 1930-1993 from NGMA Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi
1993 Wounds, organized by Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata at Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata
1991 Artists for Helpage, auction organized by Helpage and Aspreys, UK at Mumbai
1991 Masters, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1990 Art Mosaic, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata
1989 Nature, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1989 Art for Cry, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata
1989 Artist Alert, Exhibition / Auction for Sahmat
1986 Contemporary Indian Painting, Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany
1985 India in Print, Tropen Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands
1982 Contemporary Indian Art, Royal Academy of Arts, England
1982 India, Myth and Reality, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England
1982 Modern Indian Painting, Washington
1982 Indische Kunst Heute, Federal republic of Germany
1982 Inaugural Exhibition, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal
1982 Indian Painting Today, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Asian Art, Bangladesh
1977 Pictorial Space, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1973 Contemporary Indian Painting, 25th Anniversary of Indian Independence, Washington, Los Angeles, Toronto
1972 Art Now, Kunika Chemould Gallery, New Delhi
1972 Drawings, Kunika Chemould Gallery, New Delhi
1970 Contemporary Indian Painting, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto Municipal Museum, Japan
1970 Indian Painters and Sculptures 1970, Kunika Chemould Gallery, New Delhi
1969 Contemporary Indian Painting, Australia
1969 Indian Painters 69, Max Muller Bhavan and Birla Academy, Kolkata
1966 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi
1966 Ten Indian Painters, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New Jersey State Museum, USA
1963 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

 

PARTICIPATIONS
2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2012 'Art for Humanity', Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore
2011 Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 'Time Unfolded', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi
2011 'Celebrations 2011', Kumar Gallery, 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
2010 'Roots', 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai at The Park, Chennai
2010 'Celebration 2010', Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi
2007-08 'From Everyday To The Imagined: Modern Indian Art', Singapore Art Museum, Singapore and at Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul
1992 Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1987 Festival of India, Coups de Coeur, Geneva
1986 Havana Biennale, Cuba
1980 Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Paintings in Miniature Format, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata
1979 Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Sculptures of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata
1979 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil
1978 Triennale India Restrospike, Federal Republic of Germany
1976 25th Pugwash Conference, Chennai
1975 Annual Exhibition of Society of Contemporary Art, Kolkata
1974 Menton Biennale, France
1972 25 Years of Indian Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1971 Contemporary Indian Painting, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador in Brazil and Venezuela
1971 Triennale-II, India and National Exhibition of Art, New Delhi
1968 Triennale-I, India
1967 Tokyo Biennale, Japan
1968 Triennale-I, India

 

HONORS AND AWARD
2005 Padma Bhushan, Government of India
2003 Raja Ravi Verma Puraskar, Government of Kerala
2001 Manaviyam Award, Manaviyam Cultural Mission, Government of Kerala
2000 Gagan - Abani Puraskar, Viswa Bharati University
1991 Parishad Sanman, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
1980 Noma Award for Childrens Picture Book Illustration
1978 Noma Award for Childrens Picture Book Illustration from Japan
1973,69 National Award for Painting, New Delhi

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST
A. Ramachandran was born in 1935 in a small town Attingal in Southern Kerala. In 1957, he obtained his Masters 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, Ramachandrans 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 childrens 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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