R. B. BHASKARAN (b. 1942)
Born in 1942, in Chennai, Tamilnadu, Bhaskaran studied advanced painting at government college of arts and crafts, Chennai from 1960 – 66. In 1964 he underwent training in Fresco Technique at Bhanasthali Vidyapith college, Rajasthan. Under a Scholarship from IAPA, UNESCO, in 1968 studied intaglio printmaking lithography and ceramics at Ein Hod in Israel and between 1970 – 80 he worked on the same technique under Prof., Paul Lingren of Smithsonian Institute, USA in india crowning his study of printmaking techniques with post Graduation studies at Portsmouth polytechnic, England as a BritishCouncil Scholar. He won Fellowship from Department of culture, Government of India, Ministry of Education, New Delhi Successively in 1979, 80, 81, 84, and 86. In 1982 he won the National Award for Graphic Art, Bhaskaran has held important offices, namely that of an Honorary Secretary Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai in 1987, Principal at the college of Art, Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu in 1995, and between 1997 – 2001 served in the same capacity at the government college of Art, Chennai. Served as member of india Council for Technical education and as Eminent Artist LKA New Delhi between 1997 – 2002,. Has held the position of the Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
Bhaskaran has held one man shows between 1966 to the present in India, Tel Aviv , Jerusalem , Suva in the Fiji Islands , UK and Holland. In Addition he has participated in group shows also. His Works are with collectors both in India and other Countries: leading government and education institutions such as National Gallery of Modern Art and lalit Kala Akademi New Delhi Bharat Bhavan,Bhopal , State Lalit Kala Akademies across India : British Council , London and South Hampton : Library of Congress , USA : Artists Centre , Jerusalem : San Diego State University , California.