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Exhibited : ‘Crossing’ October 2005, at Bose Pacia, New York.
Provenance : Property from an important Singapore based
collection, artwork was acquired by the present owner from Bose Pacia, New York.
Height of the figure - 6ft
Ranbir Kaleka was born in 1953 in Patiala, Punjab. He initially gained a diploma in painting
from the College of Art, Punjab University. In 1985 he went on to do his Masters in Painting
from the Royal College of Art, London on a Charles Wallace Scholarship and returned to
India in 1998. He wants his art to be treated like literature and be read like a passage or
chapter. Even though his work has a high imaginative quality he refuses to be classified
amongst the Surrealists or the Dada artists. He eventually moved away from painting and
started focusing on multimedia work. His love and interest in cinema led him to explore video
art. He uses painting and video to create a spectral cinematic interface. Some of his popular
works in this media are ‘Man Threading a Needle’ and ‘Man with a cockerel’. His video work
‘Crossings’ is a part of the permanent collection of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New
Delhi. He was honoured with the National award by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in the
year 1979. He was also a part of an important group exhibition in the year 1988 titled
Seventeen Indian Painters celebrating 25 years of Gallery Chemould. His work was
exhibited along with other prominent Indian artists like Raza, Tyeb Mehta, Jogen Chowdhury
and many more. The artist lives and works in New Delhi.