Artist Profile


Born in Landsdowne, Garhwal. 1956 Artist, Information Deptt., Govt. of UP, Lucknow. Chairman Subject Panel in Painting, Govt. of India Standing Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology, Ministry of Education, New Delhi. 1968, 72, 84 Member of the General Council, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1968 Member of the Executive Committee, State Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow. 1968 Member, UP Museum Advisory Board, UP. 1969 Member, Board of Studies in Fine Arts and Music, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. 1969 Representative of the Lalit Kala Akademi and All India Board of Technical Studies, New Delhi. 1969 Member of the Examination Committee, All India Board of Technical Studies in Applied Art. 1969 Member, High Power Committee of UP Education Deptt. for award of financial assistance under Govt. of India`s scheme to distinguished persons who have made contribution in art ans letters but are now in indigent circumstances or to dependents of such writers and artists.


  • 1948-54 Drawing Teacher`s Training Cretificate and Diploma in Fine Arts. 1954 Studied at Govt. College of Art and Craft, Lucknow.


Four solo exhb., New Delhi. Five solo exhb., Lucknow. Two solo exhb., Mussoorie. Soloexhb., Simla. Solo exhb., Jhansi. Solo exhb., Kanpur. Two solo exhb., Landsdowne. Solo exhb., Pauri. Solo exhb., Allahabad. Solo exhb., New York. Solo exhb., Bombay. Participated in the National Exhb., Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1961 Four Painters, Jyoty Art Gallery, New Delhi. 1964 Four Painters, Delhi Shilpi Chakra, New Delhi. 1965 Three Painters, NBG, Lucknow. 1965 Sixty-eight UP Artists, State Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow. 1967 Trends in Indian Paintings, Kunika Chemould Gallery, New Delhi. 1968 Four Painters, Press Club, Lucknow. Paintings on Christ by Eminent Indian Painters, organised by the Methodist Church in Southern Asia. 1970 Exhb. of Nine Contemporary Artists of India, organised by the Students Gymkhana IIT, in collaborartion with Gallery Chanakya, Kanpur. 1970 Miniature 70, International Galerie, Frankfurt. 1970 Contemporary Indian Painting II,


Allahabad Museum, Allahabad. BIC Club, Kanpur. Circuit House, Varanasi. Ministry of Education, Govt. of India, New Delhi. King George`s Medical College, Lucknow. Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and Lucknow. State Museum, Lucknow. Lucknow University, Lucknow. Punjab University, Chandigarh. Deptt. of Information, UP. Govt. House, UP. UP Secretariat, UP. Deptt. of Industry, UP. Deptt. of Education, UP. College of Art, New Delhi. Chandigarh Museum, Chandigarh. Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi. Bhilai Steel Plant, Bhilai. Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


1956 Received Chief Minister`s Gold Medal for the best watercolour, UP Artist Annual Exhb.. 1965 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1967-68 UNESCO Fellowship for Visual Arts, to study the contemporary art at various universities and art colleges, USA and France. 1984 Fellowship, State Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow. 1987 Fellowship, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. A Monograph title R.S. Bisht in Search of Self, was published by Pustak Kendra. A Monograph titled Ranvir Singh Bisht: 1988 Contemporary Indian Art Series, was published by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.


Paintings mostly painted with watercolors, that too, transparent, with wash and smudged effect. Bisht mostly painted grotesque portraitures and landscapes. His spontaneity in the rendering of brush strokes is clearly visible in his artwork.


1956 Lecturer, Govt. College of Art and Craft, Lucknow. 1960 Asstt. Professor, Govt. College of Art and Craft, Lucknow. 1968 Principal, Govt. College of Art and Craft, Lucknow. Later appointed as Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Lucknow University, Lucknow.