"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.