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Ratnakar Ojha

Mumbai, India 3 Followers

About Artist

"Colors are primary elements in my paintings. I like bright colors on a grey background. Red is my favourite." Vivid splashes of paint, attenuated figures of women and an overall impression of melancholy are what c...

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"Colors are primary elements in my paintings. I like bright colors on a grey background. Red is my favourite."

Vivid splashes of paint, attenuated figures of women and an overall impression of melancholy are what characterize the paintings of Ratnakar Ojha. A recurrent theme in his art is young women captured in introspective moods. "This is reflective of my love for the human form, particularly the feminine form. Though the paintings depict women trapped by circumstance and the exigencies of the times they live in, they are not mere puppets. Expressive and lively, their faces show their

inherent strength in the face of tragedy," he adds. His canvases exhibit a facade of brightness, but on closer perusal, display the underlying pathos.

Ratnakar Ojha does not let himself be bound by the conventional rules of art. In his paintings there are plenty of distortions and the bodies are elongated and twisted, thus emphasizing emotions to a painful intensity. There is a marked absence of symbols and objects, except for the frequent appearance of the parrot alongside the girls. This symbol is associated with 'shringar' or beautification, and is also used to denote an absent lover. Colors hold an endless fascination for Ojha, and his paintings are striking with the brilliance of the colors he employs. Acrylic and oil are the most frequent mediums used by the artist, although he does dabble in watercolors and pastels occasionally.


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  • About Artist

    "Colors are primary elements in my paintings. I like bright colors on a grey background. Red is my favourite."

    Vivid splashes of paint, attenuated figures of women and an overall impression of melancholy are what characterize the paintings of Ratnakar Ojha. A recurrent theme in his art is young women captured in introspective moods. "This is reflective of my love for the human form, particularly the feminine form. Though the paintings depict women trapped by circumstance and the exigencies of the times they live in, they are not mere puppets. Expressive and lively, their faces show their

    inherent strength in the face of tragedy," he adds. His canvases exhibit a facade of brightness, but on closer perusal, display the underlying pathos.

    Ratnakar Ojha does not let himself be bound by the conventional rules of art. In his paintings there are plenty of distortions and the bodies are elongated and twisted, thus emphasizing emotions to a painful intensity. There is a marked absence of symbols and objects, except for the frequent appearance of the parrot alongside the girls. This symbol is associated with 'shringar' or beautification, and is also used to denote an absent lover. Colors hold an endless fascination for Ojha, and his paintings are striking with the brilliance of the colors he employs. Acrylic and oil are the most frequent mediums used by the artist, although he does dabble in watercolors and pastels occasionally.


  • Academics

    1979 Diploma in Fine Art (Painting)

    1983 G.D.Art (Metal Craft)

    1974-75 Govt. College of Art & Crafts, Khallikote, Orissa

    1975-79 Indira Kala Sangit Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh

    1979-80 Sir J J Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai

    1981-83 Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai

    1979 Special training under Prof. N.S.Bendre at Faculty of Fine Art, Khairagarh University

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    1983, 91 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1984, 2000, 05 Artists’ Centre, Mumbai

    1984 Bhubaneswar, Organized by Orissa Lalit Kala Akademi

    1984, 87, 89 Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1985 Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore, Under the auspices of the Indo-German Cultural Society, Bangalore

    1985 B.S.M. Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1989 Arreaza Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1989, 90 ANZ Grindlays Bank, B. Desai Road Branch, Mumbai

    1990 ANZ Grindlays Bank, Vile Parle Branch, Mumbai

    1991 Designscape Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1994 16, Teen Murti House, New Delhi, organized by Vasundhara Raje & Veena Kilachand

    1995 ‘Portrait-Expression on Canvas’ Galleria, Mumbai

    1997 Artists’ Centre, Mumbai, organized by The Gallery

    1997, 98 Galleria, Mumbai

    2005 Hacienda Gallery, Mumbai

    2005 Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, Chennai

    2006, 07 Gallerie Leela, The Leela Kempinski, Mumbai

    2006 Legacy Art Gallery, Mumbai




    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    1980 Lalit Kala Gallery, New Delhi (Group STEP)

    1981 Ghaziabad

    1984-85 Artist at Gallery Bajaj Retrospect

    1985 Artists’ Centre, Mumbai by 13 Members of Artists’ Centre

    1985 Monsoon Art Show organized by Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1986 Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1986 Artists’ Centre, Mumbai (Three Artist Show)

    1987 Sheel’s Alcove Art Gallery, Mumbai (Opening Show)

    1988 Chetana Art Gallery, Mumbai by Moods a meeting point of Artist

    1989 Balgandharva Kala Dalan, Pune, Group Show of Moods

    1989 We' 89 at Academy of Fine Art, Calcutta

    1992 ‘The Search’ at The Gallery, Chennai

    1993 ‘DIRECTION-1’ at The Gallery, Chennai

    1994 Joint Show with J.S.M. Mani at Gallery Aurobindo, New Delhi

    1996 ‘Women in Indian Art’ by The Gallery at Visual Art Centre, Hong Kong

    1997 ‘AN ODE TO INDEPENDENCE’ celebrating 50 years of India’s Independence by Apparao Gallery at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; Air Gallery, London

    1997 ‘The Indian Beast’ by Apparao Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

    1998 ‘Highlight’ by Galleria at Academy of Fine Art and Literature, New Delhi

    1999 ‘Miniature Millennium Collection by Contemporary Indian Artist’ at Galleria, Mumbai

    2000 ‘IMAGES OF WOMAN’ groups show of 16 Senior Artists working with ‘Women’ as their theme at Galleria, Mumbai

    2000 ‘Art Aura’ group show by Artist members of Artist’ Centre, Organized by Artist’ Centre, Mumbai

    2000 ‘Ganesha’ a group show of 12 Artists organized by Galleria, Mumbai

    2000 ‘WORKS ON PAPER’ by group of selected Artists organized by Gallery Art Resource Trust, Mumbai in Collaboration with Sumukha Gallery

    2000 ‘WALL OF COLOR’ by Galleria at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2000 ‘India Visited’ Indian Contemporary Art, group show at Galerie D’ Art Amrita Dyalah, Mauritius

    2001 ‘I am moved’ A charity auction of Indian Contemporary Art in aid of Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund at The Peshwa, Holiday Inn, Pune

    2001 Indian Contemporary Art, Hong Kong, by Saffronart

    2001 ‘Fragile Ecologies’ group exhibition by six painters at Artists’ Centre, Mumbai

    2001 Members show of Artists’ Centre, Mumbai

    2001 Primary Color (gallery opening show) Mumbai

    2001 ‘Art Trends 2’ presents by Gallery at Estoril Court, Hong Kong

    2001 Group show, Gallery Art Resource Trust, Mumbai

    2002 ‘Artist of the month February 2002’ presented at Saffronart.com

    2002 Joint show at Primary Colors, Mumbai

    2002 Oyster-Exhibition of seascape presented by the members of the SIMA at Army & Navy Building Foyer, under Kala Ghoda Art Festival, Mumbai

    2002 ‘A Panorama of Indian Contemporary Art’ at Art Circle, Hong Kong, presented by gallery Maya

    2002 “Harvest 2002” by Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2002 “Ganesh” by Galleria Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2002 ‘Contemporary Indian Show’ by Intex, Colors on Canvas, Dubai

    2003 ‘INDIAN CONTEMPORARY ART AT IT’S BEST’ by Intex, Colors on Canvas, Dubai

    2003 ‘Figurative’ – a show of figurative paintings on canvas at Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2003 “4th Members’ Annual Exhibition” organized by Artists’ Centre

    2004 “Vision 2004” presents by Rang Art, San Francisco

    2005 “Monsoon show” at Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2005 Gallery opening show, Mumbai Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2005 Ganesha paintings by contemporary Artist, Mumbai Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2005 6th Members’ Annual Exhibition, Artists’ Centre, Mumbai

    2005 “TRILOGY” group show, Legacy Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2005 “COLORS 2005” by Art Land Gallery, Coomaraswamy Hall, Museum, Mumbai

    2006 “Expression” group show at Legacy Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2006 Group show at Abstract Art Gallery, Bangalore

  • Award & Recognition

    1996 All India Exhibition, Bhopal

    1978 Nutan Kala Sangam, Raipur

    1979 Merit Certificate – 20th State Art Exhibition (Student) Maharashtra

    1975-79 Eight Prizes from Khairagarh University


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