Rameshwar Broota (b. 1941)
Champaner, near Vadodara, 2010
Rameshwar Broota, born in 1941 in Delhi, graduated in Fine Arts from the Delhi College of Art in 1963 and joined the institution as a lecturer. He has serves as Head of Department at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi.
Broota is known for his paintings of male bodies, both muscular and emaciated, a 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.
Broota’s works are housed in leading collections in India and abroad including the National Gallery of Modern Art-New Delhi, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, several Lalit Kala Akademi collections across India, the Josip Broz Tito Museum-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.
Some of his awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Lalit Arpan Festival, the ‘Kala Vibhushan’ by the AIFACS, New Delhi, the National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi New Delhi. He lives and works in New Delhi.