Ramesh Gorjala (b. 1979)
Ramesh was born in the temple town of Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh. Thjisperhaps influenced the character of his largely mythology based work, featuringpantheons of Indian Gods and Goddesses with a traditional Indian setting. ABachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Jawaharlal Technological University (JNTU),Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, he works with a delicate and intricate technique,using a palette dominated by gold and red. His subjects, mainly gods, goddessesand mythical forms are all painted with attention to detail. His multiple images aresometimes brought together by fragments of text, usually in the background, ora checkerboard pattern of black and shades of white and grey in the background.This adds a fresh dimension to a mostly traditional and spiritual ouvre.Gorjala’s work has won him various awards, including the 2000 Mahatma GandhiBirth Centenary Memorial Award from the Victoria Technical Institute (V.T.I.),Chennai, and the 2002 State Award from the A.P. Crafts Council. His solo showsinclude ‘Mythological Metaphor’ at Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2010;‘Embracing Modernity’ at Mon Art Gallerie, Kolkata, in 2007. Some of his groupshows held at Mumbai, New Delhi, Jaipur, Chennai, Bangalore and London are‘Black is Beautiful’, and ‘Sacred and Secular’ at India Fine Art, Mumbai, 2010 &2009; and ‘Roots and Shoots: An Exploration’, organized by Mahua Art Galleryat London, 2007.