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ratnakarojha2004@yahoo.co.in

Selected Solo Shows

Jehangir Art Gallery,

Mumbai

1983

Artists’ Centre,

Mumbai

1984

Orissa Lalit Kala Academy,

Bhubaneswar

1984

Max Mueller Bhavan, Under the auspices of the Indo-German Cultural Society,

Bangalore

1985

Arreesa Art Gallery,

Mumbai

1989

Designscape Art Gallery,

Mumbai

1991

Jehangir Art Gallery,

Mumbai

1991

16, Teenmurti House,

New Delhi

1994

Artists’ Centre,

Mumbai

1997

Galleria,

Mumbai

1998

Artists’ Centre,

Mumbai

2000

Hacienda Gallery,

Mumbai

2005

Vinnyasa Premier Art Galery,

Chennai

2005

Selected Group Exhibitions

We’89 at Academy of Fine Art,

Calcutta.

1989

‘The Search’ at The Gallery,

Chennai

1992

‘DIRECTION-1’ at The Gallery,

Chennai

1993

Joint Show with J.S.M. Mani at Gallery Aurobindo,

New Delhi

1994

‘Women in Indian Art’ by The Gallery at Visual Art Centre,

Hong Kong

1996

‘ AN ODE TO INDEPENDENCE’ celebrating 50 years of India’s Independence by Apparao Gallery at India Habitat Centre,

New Delhi

1997

‘The Indian Beast’ by Apparao Gallery at Shridharini Gallery,

New Delhi

1997

‘Highlight’ by Galleria at Academy of Fine Art and Literature,

New Delhi

1998

‘Miniature Millennium Collection by Contemporary Indian Artist’ at Galleria,

Mumbai

1999

‘IMAGES OF WOMAN’ groups show of 16 Senior Artists working with ‘Woman’ as their theme at Galleria,

Mumbai

2000

‘WORKS ON PAPER’ by group of selected Artists organized by Gallery Art Resource Trust,

Mumbai

2000

‘WALL OF COLOUR’ by Galleria at Jehangir Art Gallery,

Mumbai

2000

‘India Visited’ Indian Contemporary Art, group show at Gallerie D’ Art Amrita Dyalah,

Mauritius

2000

‘I am moved’ A charity auction of Indian Contemporary Art in aid of Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund at The Peshwa, Holiday Inn,

Pune

2001

Indian Contemporary Art by Saffronart

Hon Kong

2001

‘Artist of the month February 2002’ presented at Saffronart.com

Saffronart.com

2002

‘A Panorama of Indian Contemporary Art’ at Art Circle presented by gallery Maya.

Hong Kong

2002

“Harvest2002” by Arushi Art Gallery,

New Delhi

2002

‘Works on paper’ online exhibition by Saffronart.com.

Saffronart.com.

2003

‘INDIAN CONTEMPORARY ART AT IT’S BEST’ by Intex, Colours on Canvas,

Dubai

2003

“Vision 2004”,

San Francisco

2004

Abstract Gallery,

Bangalore

2005

“Colors-2005” Coomaraswamy Hall, The Prince of Wales Museum,

Mumbai

2005

“TRILOGY” Legacy Art Gallery,

Mumbai

2005

“CHILDRENS DAY” Group show at Gallery Soulflowers,

Mumbai

2006

“ART FOR CONCERN” by Concern India Foundation, Artists’ Centre,

Mumbai

2006

“Indian Kaleidoscope” at Gallery Archana,

Kuala Lumpur

2008

“Figuratives” Legacy Art Gallery,

Mumbai

2009

“Flavours” Artistree Gallery,

Mumbai

2009

“ART BY THE SEA” Live painting events by Le Sutra at Carter Road Amphitheatre ,

Mumbai

2013

“MUMBAI ON CANVAS” at Piramal Art Gallery, NCPA ,

Mumbai

2013

“Colors-2014” Coomaraswamy Hall, The Prince of Wales Museum,

Mumbai

2014

“JJITES ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SHOW” Dinanath Dalal Art Gallery,

Mumbai

2014

“ Mansoon Magic” online show @ indianartcollector.com

indianartcollector.com

2015

“Aarabdha-The Begining” at Taj Art Gallery,

Mumbai

2018

“JJITES ART EXHIBITION 2019” Jehangir Art Gallery,

Mumbai

2019

Collection:

Air-India; Premier Automobile; Hotel Kumaria Presidency, India International Art Centre, Bajaj Auto Ltd., Orissa Lalit Kala Academy, Broadcast Worldwide Limited, Go Go International, and Several individual collections In India and abroad.

ratnakarojha2004@yahoo.co.in

About

"That Ratnakar Ojha is unabashedly an Indian in spirit is proved by his exuberant use of colours. Using almost every hue in the spectrum, ranging from burning reds and passionate yellows, tastefully set off by turquoises, ultramarines and cobalt, he still manages to retain that sense of balance that is the hallmark of the Basohli miniaturists. Not once does he kneel over the merely polychromatic. Lavanya, that is grace and harmony is the keynote of these paintings."

-Veena Kotian. ( from an exhibition folder, 1997)

"Most of the times expressions of my portraits are pathos. But I use bright and unnatural colours to highlight joyful moods and exuberance. Colours are life of a painting and I use maximum hue to create depth in my work."

Ojha's trademark is vibrant colour and figurative work not to mention the reflection of extremes of emotion that his "people" experience. He has caught women in a pensive mood, their melancholy evident in their slanting eyes and inward gaze. These unforgettable figures leave an indelible;impression on the inner eye even as they captivate. Having been born in a village in the Keonjhar district of Orissa, in 1957 for Ratnakar Ojha it was painting or nothing right from the word go. One of his strong influences has his grandmother. "She used to make clay dolls for us to play. She also encouraged me to do something about my interest in drawing and paintings." reminisces Ojha. Besides, the natural surroundings of his village in Orissa reinforced his use of dramatic colours in his paintings

He studied at the Government College of Art and Crafts, Khallikote, Orissa ; Indira Kala Sangeet University,Khairagarh; and at the Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai.

A very collectable artist he has participated in many shows. His paintings are in several collections including Air-India; Premier Automobile; Hotel Kumaria Presidency; India International Art Centre; Bajaj Auto Ltd.; Orissa Lalit Kala Akademy; Broadcast Worldwide Limited; Go Go International and many more corporate & private collections.

Press Clippings

".....When all is said and done, the artist has succeeded in making his viewers think about the human conditions........"

- R.T. Shahani, The Sunday Free Press, Mumbai, October 8, 2000

"The shades prominently seen in his work are light blue, greens, mauves, pink, and yellows. The figures and faces are not realistic in the true sense but his lines succeed in expressing the emotion to the observer."

Jasmine Shah, The Asian Age, Mumbai, September 4, 1998

"They are mini wonders... bright and beautiful. They are all figurative works with simple compositions. They project a sense of joy and help build a festive atmosphere. Evidently, Ojha chooses to see the brighter side of things."

Arkay, The Afternoon, Mumbai, October 14, 1997

"His techniques is varied to suit his diverse expressions: one moment he uses swift brush work with water colour, while on the other, he touches his canvas with fleeting and feather-like moves in oil."

Sudipto Basu, Mid-Day, Mumbai, May 10, 1995

"Ratnakar Ojha of Orissa, comes out with slightly distorted, but stylised, extremely colourful faces of men and women. Very bright tones of red, blue and yellow along with black stresses glow form the canvas like stained glass."

L. V. The Hindu, Madras July16 1993

Contact

E-809/810 Lok Sarita Military Road, Marol, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400059 India.

+91-22-29204449 / 9892334861

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