Born in 1941 in Delhi, Rameshwar Broota graduated in Fine Arts from the Delhi College of Art in 1963. Soon after his graduation, he joined the institution as a lecturer. Since 1967, Broota has served as Head of Department at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi.

The artist is known for his paintings of male bodies, both muscular and emaciated, testament to the passage of time. Over the years, Broota has perfected his unique technique in which he first applies layers of different coloured paints on the surface and then meticulously scrapes away the upper layers of the painting with a sharp knife, to literally unearth his luminous images.

Rameshwar Broota lives and works in New Delhi.

HONORS AND AWARDS

2013 – ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, Lalit Arpan Festival, Asavari, New Delhi
1997 – ‘Kala Vibhushan’, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi
1988 – LN Gupta Memorial Award, Max Mueller Bhavan, Hyderabad
1987, 88 – Senior Fellowship from the Ministry of Education, Government of India
1980, 81 and 84 – National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1976 – Hyderabad Art Society Award for Graphics
1973, 75 – All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award, New Delhi

COLLECTION

Broota’s works are housed in leading collections in India and abroad including the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, the Rashtrapati Bhavan – the official residence of the President of India, several Lalit Kala Akademi collections across India, and a number of educational and other institutions. Some of the prominent international collections include the Josip Broz Tito Museum in Yugoslavia and the Kunst Museum in Dusseldrof. His  works are part of various private collections in India, USA, Germany, Switzerland, UK, France, Mexico, Sweden and Dubai. These include the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection and the Peabody Essex Museum in USA, the Jane and Kito De Boer Collection in Dubai, Rajshree Pathy art collection in Coimbatore, and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi and Greater Noida.

EXHIBITIONS

2014 – ‘Visions of interiority: interrogating the male body, Rameshwar Broota: A Retrospective | Works from 1963-2013′, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
2012 – ‘Traces of Man’, XVA Gallery Dubai
2011 – ‘This End to the Other – Recent photographs by Rameshwar Broota’, Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkatta
2011 – ‘Everything is part of itself: a suite of 24 photographs’, 1×1 Art Gallery, Dubai
2011 – ‘This End to the Other’(photographs), presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi and Vadehra Art Gallery, Defence Colony, New Delhi
2009 – ‘Counterparts’, presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
2008 – ‘Photographs by Rameshwar Broota’, presented by Sakshi Gallery and Vadehra Art Gallery at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
2007 – ‘Rameshwar Broota’, presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
2004 – ‘Archeology of Experience’, presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi; National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai, Gallery 88 Kolkatta, and Vadehra Art Gallery, Defence Colony, New Delhi
2001 – ‘Edge of Precipice’, presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi and Vadehra Art Gallery, Defence Colony, New Delhi
1998 – ‘The Winding Spiral’, Vadehra Art Gallery and Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
1990 – ‘Faces’, Genesis Art Gallery, Kolkatta
19862 – ‘Man Series’, Calcutta Art Gallery, Kolkatta

2012 – ‘Roti, Kapda aur Makaan’, Ojas Art, New Delhi
2011 – ‘Form and Formlessness’, Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon
2011 – ‘Natural Bodies, Subverted Canons’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010-11 – ‘Figure/Landscape: Part Two’, Aicon Gallery, London
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 Trail’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2009 – ‘Progressive to Altermodern: 62 years of Indian Modern Art’, Grosvenor Vadehra Gallery, London
2009 – ‘Zip Files’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
2009 – ‘Master Class’, The Arts Trust, Mumbai
2008 – ‘Modern and Contemporary Indian Art’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Dlehi
2008 – ‘Still Moving Image’, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon
2008 – ‘Mapping Memories – 1’, Painted Travelogues of China and Greece, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi
2007 – ‘Body Mind Soul’, presented by Gallery Threshold at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2007 – ‘The Eye Within’, presented by The Shrine Gallery at Romain Rolland Gallery, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi
2006-07 – ‘Indian Art II/III: Inventing/Inverting Traditions’, Grosvenor Vadehra Gallery, London
2000 – ‘Celebration of Human Image’, presented by Gallery 42, Habitat Art Gallery, New Delhi
2000 – ‘Distillations’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai
2000 – ‘Contemporary Indian Painting’, presented by Art Motif, Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2000 – ‘A Decade of the Gallery at the turn of the Century’, L.T.G. Art Gallery, New Delhi
1999 – ‘Contemporary Art of India’, Peabody Essex Museum, USA
1999 – ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, presented by Vadehra Art Gallery, Mumbai and New Delhi
1998 – ‘Multimedia Art of 90’s’, CIMA Art Gallery, Kolkatta
1998 – Group show with Jogen Chowdhury, Manjit Bawa and Gieve Patel, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
1997 – ‘Colours of Independence’ at National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, in association with CIMA ARt Gallery, Kolkatta
1997 – ‘Intuitive Logic II’, Osian’s exhibition and auction in New Delhi and Mumbai
1997 – Masanori Fukuoka’s Contemporary Indian Art Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata
1997 – ‘50 Years of Indian Independence’, presented by Vadehra Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
1997 – ‘Tryst with Destiny’ organized by CIMA, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
1997 – ‘Major Trends in Contemporary Indian Art after Independence’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1996 – ‘Modern and Contemporary Indian Paintings 100 Years’, Sotheby’s, London
1995 – ‘Contemporary Indian Paintings from the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection-Part I’, at Sotheby’s auction, New York
1995 – ‘Indian Contemporary Paintings’, Christie’s auction, London
1995 – ‘River of Art’, inaugural exhibition of Art Today, New Delhi
1989 – ‘The Timeless Art’, exhibition and auction by Sotheby’s, Mumbai
1988 – Takaoka Municipal Museum of Art and Meguro Museum of Art, Japan
1987 – Coups de Coeur, Halles de L’lle, Geneva
1987 – ‘Six Painters’ Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi
1984 – ‘Ten Artists’, Gallery 7, Mumbai
1982 – ‘Modern Indian Painting from the National Gallery of modern Art’, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C
1982 – ‘Contemporary Indian Paintings’, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany
1980 – ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Dubai
1973-74 – Touring exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art in Poland, Yugoslavia, Sweden, Bulgaria and Belgium
1965-70 – participated in several group shows at Delhi Shilpi Chakra, New Delhi

2012 – ‘India Art FAir IV’, New Delhi, represented by 1×1 Gallery, Dubai
2011 – ‘Miniscule Marvel’, presented by Contemplate at Gallery BMB, Mumbai
2011 – ‘Manifestations V’, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 – ‘Time Unfolded’, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi
2010 – ‘Art Celebrates 2010: Sports and the City’, presented by Vadehra Art Gallery, at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games
2009 – ‘Expressions at Tihar’, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
2008 – ‘Moderns’, Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan
1987 – ‘Coup De Coeur – Festival of India’, Geneva and Switzerland
1986 – 2nd Havana Biennale, Cuba
1986 – Baghdad International Festival for Arts, Iraq
1984 – Tokyo Biennale, Japan
1986 – Asia Art Biennale, Bangladesh
1982 – ‘India: Myth and Reality’, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England
1981 – International Triennale V, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1980-81, 1984 – National Exhibition of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1978 – International Triennale IV, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1976 – International Painting Festival, Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France
1978 – International Triennale III, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi