Born in Bangalore in 1958, Rekha Rodwittiya completed her graduation from The Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in 1981. She then received the Inlaks scholarship for her M.A. in Painting from Royal College of Art, London in 1984. In 1988-89 she was invited as guest artist to the Konsthogskolan, Stockholm and was also invited to deliver series of lectures on Indian Art at the Ecole des Beaux Arts Grenoble and Castello de Rivoli, Torino in 1991. She did a short stint at the Fullam Institute on Film and Video, and was conferred the Staff Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation Asian Cultural Council to work in the U.S. in 1990. 


Rekha Rodwittiya's work describes complex issues of life and living, of alienation and belonging, of discrimination and acceptance, of accord and discord. It is of paramount importance to this sensitive artist to react pragmatically to socio-political attitudes that surround her. Her work reflects her sensitivity towards socio-political attitudes along with the reflections from her past.

 

She does not treat art, and life in isolation and deems it necessary to experience life to paint. Her fervent activity of painting is a struggle for her own rightful existence. The artist explains to say, "I go through all the terror and agony of stepping into an 'unknown'." Her images are a byproduct of her thoughts and emotions, her readings, observations, beliefs, values and vast compilation of past experiences.

 

The artist draws on a heritage of elemental imagery, tempered by psychological insights, portraying women through the prism of personal experience and day-to-day realities. As she has noted: "Caught within the intricacies of adult angst where the undercurrent of pain was recognized though not fully understood by me, the drawn or constructed image became very early a means of deciphering all that I accumulated from observing....My sense of empathy with the drawn image was that it offered a physicality, and established a concretizing of the otherwise intangible. It became a method, as I perceive it in retrospect, of creating a dialogue that gave meaning to a psychological realm."

 


Education

 

1982-84              
MA (Painting) Royal College of Art, London, UK.

Awarded a distinction for my thesis “A Painful Journey”.

Received The Unilever Painting Prize at the degree show.


1982-83               
Studied Film & Video at the Fulham Institute, London, UK


1982                     
Awarded Inlaks Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art London, U.K


1978                     
Studied & practiced photography under the guidance of Prof Jyoti Bhatt


1976                     
BFA Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda, India

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2016                     
Love done right can change the World- To be presented at Vadehra Gallery, Delhi  

Rekha Rodwittiya | The Rituals of Memory: Personal Folklores & Other Tales, Aicon Gallery, New York


2014                     
The Guarded Megalopolis of the Feminine Heart, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai


2013                     
Matters of the Heart, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai


2011                     
Intangible Interlocution: An Anthology of Belonging, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai


2008                     
Rekha@ fifty Sakshi Gallery, Bombay


2007                     
Second Skin, Air Gallery & Sakshi Gallery, London, UK

Second Skin, Maya Gallery & Sakshi Gallery, London, UK


2006                     
Once Upon A Time…, Sakshi Gallery at Shridharani, Delhi


2005                     
Encrypted Soliloquies, Sakshi Gallery at Art Folio, Singapore


2003                     
Bye-Bye Baby, Sakshi Gallery, Bombay

Old Fables : New Myths, Sakshi Gallery in collaboration with Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda


2001                     
Subtexts, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore


1999                     
Time Zones: Home & Away, Sakshi Gallery, Bombay


1998                     
Evocations, Studio Barbieri, Venice, Italy


1997                     
My Body – My Land, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

Re-Inscribing Ancestries, Nazar Gallery, Baroda

Borders/Territories, Apparao Galleries at Gallery 678 New York, USA


1996                     
In Shades of Red, Sakshi Gallery, Bombay


1994                     
Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore


1993                     
Art Heritage, Delhi

Cymroza Art Gallery, Bombay


1992                    
Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

Seagull For Arts, Calcutta


1991                     
Sakshi Gallery, Chennai


1990                     
Cymroza Art Gallery, Bombay


1989                     
Art Heritage, Delhi


1988                     
Gallery Sassi, Stockholm, Sweden


1987                     
Art Heritage, Delhi


1986                     
Sarala Art Centre, Chennai

Cymroza Art Gallery, Bombay


1985                     
Art Heritage, Delhi

Cymroza Art Gallery, Bombay


1982                     
Urja Art Gallery, Baroda, India

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2015                     
The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art, Dag Modern, New York

Sakshi group exhibition at the Park, Chennai


2014                     
In-Between, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai


2013-14              
Forgotten Figures', Aicon Gallery, New York


2013                     
The Sakshi Show’, presented by Sakshi Gallery at The Park, Chennai

First Edition, presented by Sakshi Gallery at Taj Krishna, Hyderabad

Mapping Gender: Bodies and Sexualities in Contemporary Art across the Global South, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

The Possibility of Being, Exhibit 320, New Delhi

In house, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai


2012                     
Diva, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

Contemporary, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

Contemporary, presented by Sakshi Gallery at The Park, Chennai

Looking Back, Looking Forward, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

Daya/ On Kindness: An Australia India cultural exchange, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne Australia

Narratives of the Self, Gallery Espace, New Delhi


2011-12               
Back to School: Baroda 1979-89, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai


2011                     
Anecdotes, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

Daya/On Kindness: An Australia India cultural exchange, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Review, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

Pause: A Collection, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

High-Light, presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai at The Oberoi, Gurgaon

Back to School: Baroda 1979-89, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi


2010-11              
A Collection, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai


2010                     
Gallery Collection, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

Roots, 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai at The Park, Chennai

Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

Dali's Elephant, Aicon Gallery, London

International Ceramic Centre Baroda - Exhibition at ABS Baroda and at Art & Soul Mumbai - Wired at the Heart Singularities, RL Fine Arts, New York

1.2.3.4.5...In the Line of Fire, Lemongrasshopper, Ahmedabad


2009                     
Inaugural Show, Sakshi Gallery, Taipei

Arco ’09, Sakshi Gallery, Madrid , Spain

Gallery Collection, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

‘Collection of works,’ Sakshi Gallery Mumbai                           

Zip Files, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

Finding India, Sakshi Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Long Gone & Living Now, Gallerie Mirchandani & Steinreucke, Mumbai


2008                     
Art Taipei, Sakshi Gallery, Taiwan

Gallery Display, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai


2007                    
Sakshi moves to Colaba, Inaugural Show, Bombay

Art on the Wing, An exhibition to support VCARE an animal shelter, Sarjan Gallery, Baroda

Invited to exhibit in a show curated by Paternlab, The Teardrop Explodes, London, UK

Art Miami, Sakshi Gallery, Miami, USA


2006                     
Making of Divinity: curated by Ina Puri, Sakshi Gallery, Bombay


2004                     
Tiranga, rights and responsibilities, curated by Peter Nagy for Shallu & Naveen Jindal, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay

6 part painting titled A chanced meeting between Nukata No Okimi and a serendipitous yayavar, installed at site in the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum and displayed for six weeks, Fukuoka, Japan


2003             
Un passage dans la lumiere” curated by Philippe Mouillon for the Laboratoire in Algiers.

The Said & the Unsaid, Apparao Galleries, Bombay


2002                     
Cinema Stills, Apparao Galleries, New Delhi

The Sheen of Metal”, The Pallette Art Gallery, New Delhi

Nav-Nayika , Tao Gallery, Bombay


2001                     
Figures in my Mind, Gallery Espace, Delhi

Palette 2001, Delhi

Indian Contemporary Fine Art, Saffron Art & Apparao Galleries, Los Angeles, USA


2000                      
Embarkations, The Millennium Show curated by Yashodhara Dalmia, Sakshi Gallery, Bombay

a la nuit tombee, curated by Philippe Mouillon for Berge 2000, Grenoble, France

Early works, The Fine Art Company, Bombay

Timeless Visions: Contemporary Art of India, From the Herwitz Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, USA

Celebration of the Human Image, curated by Yvette Kumar for Gallery 42, Delhi


1999                      
The Tale of Six Cities, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Bombay

Pacaembu, curated by Phiippe Mouillon for the Laboratoire, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Participated in the “Benefit Event for the Elephanta Project” organized by Tasneem Mehta for INTACH, Bombay

Imagined Spaces, a one year touring exhibition with Surendran Nair at major art centers in Australia. This exhibition was toured by the Noosa Regional Art Gallery under the directorship of Kevin Wilson.


1998-99              
Lines of Desire, curated by Jagjit Chuchun, Alnoor Mitha & Kim Merrington. A Liverpool Art School & Oldham Art Gallery & Museum touring exhibition.


1998                      
Indian Spring, Apparao Galleries & Gallerie Martini, USA


1997-98              
The Edge of Awareness, curated by Adelina Von Furstenberg (Art for the World) for the 50th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO). Did an assemblage of three water colors on Maheswari Odhanis titled Stories from the Womb, Geneva – Sao Paulo - New York - Delhi


1997                      
Nirguna/Saguna, curated by Peter Nagy, Nature Morte, Delhi

Women Artists of India - A Celebration of Independence - Curated by Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Mills College Art Gallery, California, USA

Epic Reality- Contemporary Narrative Painting from India, from the Herwitz collection

Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USA


1996                      
Of Women –icons/stars/feasts, Eicher Gallery, Delhi

12 Contemporary Painters - from 1984 to 1996, The Fine Art Resource, Bombay

Acro da Lapa – curated by Philippe Mouillon for the Laboratoire, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


1995-96              
Inside Out: Women Artists of India - a touring exhibition in England, curated by Alison Lloyd for the Middlesborough Art Gallery, UK


1995                      
Art for Cry, Bombay, Delhi

Portrait Exhibition, Sakshi Gallery, Bombay

Dialogues of Peace, Curated by Adelina Von Furstenberg for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Constructed a painted room titled Songs from the Blood of the

Weary which is part of the Jehangir Nicholson collection

Bombay, An RPG Exhibition, Bombay

Contemporary Art- Deutsche Bank Bombay, compiled by The Fine Art Resource, Bombay

Indian Winter, Kapil Jariwala Gallery, London, UK


1994                      
An exhibition of Womens Art - Society for promotion of art - Hyderabad


1993                      
Images, Sakshi Gallery, Chennai

Still Lives, Sakshi Gallery, Bombay

Husain ki Sarai , Vadhera Art Gallery, Delhi

Images & Words, A travelling exhibition for communal harmony organized by Sahmat - India

In small format-Works on paper, Sakshi Gallery, Bombay


1992                      
Journeys within Landscapes, Sakshi Gallery, Bombay

A Nest For Sparrow, curated by C.S Laxmi, Bombay


1989                      
Artists Alert, In Memory of Safdar Hashmi, Delhi


1988                      
Cry Exhibition, Bombay

Exhibition to Celebrate the Declaration of Human Rights UN, Geneva, Switzerland


1987                      
Second Biennial of Havana, Cuba

Alekhya Darsan - Six Young Contemporaries, Geneva, Switzerland

Print exhibition, Centre for Engraving, Geneva, Switzerland

Print exhibition, Bristol, UK


1986                      
Sixth International Triennale, Delhi


1985                      
Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art from the Herwitz Collection, New York, Pennsylvania,

Woraster & Vermont, USA


1984                      
Young Contemporaries, Sheffield, UK


1983                      
John Nevil Gallery, Canterbury, UK

Rebecca Smith Gallery, London, UK


1982                      
British Council Gallery, Bombay


1981                      
Young Students Exhibition, Planetarium, Baroda

All India Graphic Exhibition, Ahmedabad


1980                      
All India Photography Exhibition, Mysore


1979                      
Shaishav, photography exhibition, Baroda


1978                      
Opening Exhibition of Urja Art Gallery, Baroda

 

Residencies/Projects

 

2016                     
One month residency supported by Sakshi Gallery & hosted by Linika & Sanjay Kumar, Kodaikanal, Tamilnadu


2010                      
Invited for a one month residency at Montalvo Art Centre, USA


2004                      
Invited for a three month residency to the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan


2003                      
Painted on Bombay Suburban train as part of the celebration of the World Social Forum that was conducted in January 2004. This project was organized by Open Circle, Bombay


2000                      
Transcultural Drawing Residency (CAIR Fellowship) at the Liverpool Art College, John Moores University, UK


1999                      
Invited by the Noosa Regional Council for an international residency program. Surendran Nair was also part of this program, Noosa, Australia


1995                      
Worked on site specific location for world art exhibition “Dialogues of Peace” constructing

painted room titled “Songs from the blood of the weary” (duration two months), Geneva, Switzerland


1991                      
International Artist in Residence (duration two months), The Magasin Centre National D’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France


1990                     
Asian Cultural Council Rockefeller Foundation “Starr Fellowship” (duration six months), New York, USA


1988-89              
Artist in residence at the Konstogskolan Art College – invitation by the Svenska Institute – Stockholm, Sweden

 

Curatorial Projects

 

2015                     
“Subtextual Documentalists” An exhibition of photographs by Jyoti Bhatt & Manisha Gera Baswani – “The Collective Studio Baroda” in collaboration with “SITE art space” hosted by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai.

“Subtextual Documentalists” An exhibition of photographs by Jyoti Bhatt, Manisha Gera

Baswani & Noh Suntag from Korea, “The Collective Studio Baroda” in collaboration with “SITE art space” hosted by The Korean Cultural Centre (with assistance from Kim Kyoungae & Kim Changhyun), New Delhi.


2014                    
“Residual Remnants" An exhibition of paintings by T.Venkanna, Kim Kyoungae, Abir Karmakar, Poushali Das, Mitali Shah - “The Collective Studio Baroda” in collaboration with “SITE art space”.

“Subtextual Documentalists” An exhibition of photographs by Jyoti Bhatt & Manisha Gera Baswani “The Collective Studio Baroda” in collaboration with “SITE art space.”

“This Side of the Forest” An exhibition by Vasudevan Akkitham, “The Collective Studio Baroda” in collaboration with “SITE art space.”

“Measured Metres”An exhibition of painting & Sculpture by Indrapramit Roy & Mayur Gupta

“The Collective Studio Baroda” in collaboration with “SITE art space”

“Generations-Notional worlds” An exhibition of art by K. G. Subramanyan, Nagji Patel, Surendran Nair, Manisha Parekh, Sonatina Mendes & N..Divya, “The Collective Studio Baroda” in collaboration with “SITE art space.”


2012                     
‘Quiet Conversations from the Courtyard’, Ashvita, Chennai


2011                     
‘Feminine Syntax – Personal Biographies - Lemongrasshopper Art Gallery- Ahmedabad


2008                     
“Pernoctation & Early Drawings”, Curated the section of early drawing of Surendran Nair for Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai


1998                    
“Cross Currents”, Touring Exhibition co-curated with Jennifer Lloyd, Norway


1997                     
“The Printed Image”, Jyoti Bhatt for Cymroza Art Gallery, Bombay


1993                     
“The Drawn Image”, Cymroza Art Gallery, Bombay


1992     
“Four Young Contemporaries”, Cymroza Art Gallery, Bombay, Sakshi