Born - April 29, 1848, Kilimanoor, Travancore, Kerala
Died - October 2, 1906
1868 Learnt the Oil Painting Technique from European Painter, Theodore Jensen, and Alagiri Naidu, a court Painter of Swati Tirana, Maharaja of Travancore
1862 Self-taught and received first painting lessons from his uncle Raja Raja Varma
2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art...
Selected Posthumous Exhibitions
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
2003 ‘Manifestations', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi, and World Trade Centre, Mumbai
1993 Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings, and Oleographs at Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Trivandrum; National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), National Museum, New Delhi
1903 Lalit Kala Sangam, Chennai
1899 Baroda Puranic Commission Exhibition, Baroda & Mumbai
1893 Worlds Colombian Exhibition, Chicago
1889 Inaugural Exhibition, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai
1880 Exhibition at Poona
1873-74,76 Fine Arts Society, Chennai
1873 Vienna Exhibition, Austria
Honors and Awards
1880 Gaekwad Gold Medal, Poona
1873,74,76 Governors Gold Medal, Fine Arts Society Exhibition, Chennai
1873 Vienna Exhibition
Raja Ravi Varma Malayali Indian painter. He is considered among the greatest painters in the history of Indian art. Firstly, the best examples of the European techniques with a purely Indian sensibility. his works are held to be among While continuing the tradition and aesthetics of Indian art, his paintings employed the latest European academic art techniques of the day. Secondly, he was notable for making affordable lithographs of his paintings available to the public, which greatly enhanced his reach and influence as a painter and public figure. Indeed, his lithographs increased the involvement of common people with fine arts and defined artistic tastes among common people for several decades. In particular, his depictions of Hindu deities and episodes from the epics and Puranas have received profound acceptance from the public and are found, often as objects of worship, across the length and breadth of India.
Raja Ravi Varma was closely related to the royal family of Travancore of present-day Kerala state in India.
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