Artist Profile

Rameshwar Broota, born in New Delhi in 1941, graduated from the College of Art, New Delhi in 1964. As the head of the Department of Art, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, Broota has been teaching and inspiring many artists of the younger generation.

Since the beginning of his career Broota has been deeply involved in the contemporary human situation that degrades individuals and pollutes relationship between them on the social plane. His early oil paintings, showing ‘humanized’ gorillas, were corrosively satirical and showed the artist’s concern for the socio-moral being of man. Over the decades, though not a prolific painter, Broota evolved a technique of painting mostly in monochrome: On the canvas surface, usually painted in matte black, he works with a sharp, thin blade to bring in light and forms, exposing the white surface below, creating deep spatial dimensions. In this phase he focuses on monumental humans, wounded, hardened and somehow dehumanized. In some paintings he shows man against a forbidding wall on which appear illegible hieroglyphics, suggesting the inscrutable destiny of man. His highly personalised technique less painterly in application of paint, has the quality of a graphic print.

His paintings have been shown in many solo and prestigious groups shows, namely:

  • 1977 ‘Pictorial Space presented by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi;
  • 1982 ‘India: Myth and Reality’, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford;
  • 1982 ‘Modern Indian Painting’, Hirschhorn Museum, Washington DC;
  • 1986 Saddam Centre for International Art, Baghdad;
  • 1976 International Art Fair, Cagnes-sur-Mer;
  • 1998 Solo show at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi.