Rajesh Ram (b.1978, India)

Born 1978 at Jharkhand in rural India, Rajesh Ram grew up in a large family with meager resources. Though resisted by the family he pursued his strong artistic streak and interest by joining the College of Art at Patna in Bihar where he completed his B.F.A before moving to Delhi where he apprenticed with artist Subodh Gupta for a short while. The tribulations he has experienced on the road from Bihar to Delhi get mirrored in his work that plays with the vernacular idioms, making references to the colonial legacy of the language and the power structures that it still withholds. Rajesh constructs these in a new light of urban-rural and rich-poor binaries and the migratory cycle of movement of a rustic and uneducated villager. Rajesh often works in fibre glass and bronze for his sculptures and oils and acrylic for his paintings that visually explore the nuances of local phrases as titles for his work that focus on current economic, social and political scenarios with undercurrents of issues around food, environment and culture. A proliferation of text that runs through the bodies of his subjects with alphabets stenciled on the wings and hovering around, adds a nuance to his work.

An award winner at the 17th All India Art Contest, Nagpur, the artist has held several solo exhibitions, the most recent being 'Hybrid' at Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi and Kolkata, in 2008; Project 88, Mumbai, in 2007; ‘Kala Akshar Bhains Barabar’ at Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2007; and ‘Open Sculpture Show’ at the College of Art, Patna, in 2003. The group shows he has participated in include, 'Urgent: 10ml of Contemporary Needed!', presented by the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) at Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2008; Galerie Christian Hosp, Tirol, Austria, in 2008; 'Peers Group Show' at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2008; Art Konsult, Hong Kong, in 2008; Kala Gallery, Austria, in 2007; Art Pilgrim, London, in 2007; ‘New Paradigms’ at Gallery Romain Rolland and Gallery Threshold, New Delhi, in 2006; ‘Variation’ at the State Gallery of Fine Arts, Hyderabad, in 2006; and Habitat Centre, Open Palm Court, New Delhi, in 2004.

Ram, Rajesh b.1978

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