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Rekha Rodwittiya View Artworks of Rekha Rodwittiya Back to Artist

Rekha Rodwittiya was born in Bangalore in 1958. She studied B.A. (painting) in 1981 at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda and at the Royal College of Art, London (MA 1984, on the Inlaks Scholarship).

Rekha Rodwittiya’s work is a dynamic continuum of life itself. Her images are a distilled expression of her thoughts, emotions, readings, observations, beliefs values as well as the rich repository of her past experiences.

The representation of the female figure has been a focal point of her works.  Her early years at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda laid the foundations of what now stands as a politically alert feminist practice of painting. Over the recent years, one can see Rekha Rodwittiya explore the archetypal figuration of the female form in a celebratory mode.

Her works have been included in many prestigious group exhibitions in India and abroad, including the VI International Triennial, New Delhi (1986), India in Switzerland: Six Young Contemporaries, Geneva (1987) and Inside Out: Women Artists of India, touring exhibition in the UK (1995-96).

Her works are in various private and public collections in India, U.K., U.S.A., Brazil, Italy, West Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands. Rekha Rodwittiya currently lives and works in Baroda.



  1982-84 M.A.(Painting), Royal College of Art, London

  1982-83 Studied Film and Video, Fulham Institute, London

  1978-81 Studied and Practiced Photography under the Guidance of Prof. Jyoti Bhatt

  1976-81 B.A.(Fine Arts), Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda


Selected Solo Exhibitions

  2016-17 'Love done right can change the World', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2016 'Love Done Right Can Change the World', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2016 'The Rituals of Memory: Personal folklore and other tales", Aicon Gallery, New York

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

  2013 'Matters of Heart', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

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

  2008 'rekha@fifty', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2007 ‘Second Skin’, presented by Sakshi Gallery at The Air Gallery, London

  2006 ‘Once Upon A Time….’, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

  2005 ‘Encrypted Soliloquies’, Singapore

  2003 'Bye Bye Baby!', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2001 'Subtexts', Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

  2000 Works presented at Art Amsterdam by Gallery FIA, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  1999 'Time Zones: Home & Away', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  1998 'Evocations', Studio Barbieri, Venice, Italy

  1997 'Borders/Territories', Apparao Gallery at Gallery 678, New York

  1997 'My Body-My Land', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  1996 'In Shades of Red', Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

  1994 Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

  1993 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1993 Art heritage, New Delhi

  1992 Seagull For Arts, Kolkata

  1992 Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

  1991 Sakshi Gallery, Chennai

  1990 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1989 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1988 Gallery Sassi, Stockholm, Sweden

  1987 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1986 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1986 Sarala Art Centre, Chennai

  1985 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1982 Urja Art Gallery, Vadodara

Selected Group Exhibitions

  2014 'In-Between', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

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

  2012 'Diva', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2012 'Looking Back, Looking Forward', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2012 'Aqua', Gallery Beyond, Mumbai

  2012 'Contemporary: A Selection of Modern and Contemporary Art', prsented by Sakshi Gallery at The Park, Chennai

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

  2011 'Anecdotes', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2011 'Pause: A Collection', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2011 'High-Light', presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai at The Oberoi, Gurgaon

  2011 'Back to School: Baroda 1979-89', Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2010-11 'A Collection', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2010 Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2010 'Dali's Elephant', Aicon Gallery, London

  2010 'Singularities', RL Fine Arts, New York

  2010 ' the Line of Fire', Lemongrasshopper, Ahmedabad

  2009 'Long Gone & Living Now', Gallerie Mirchandani + Steinreucke, Mumbai

  2009 'Zip Files', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2009 'Inaugural Show', Sakshi Gallery, Taipei

  2007-08 ‘Paisley - Exploding The Teardrop’, PM Gallery in collaboration with The Pattern Lab, Ealing

  2006 ‘Making of Divinity’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2004 ‘China Meets India in Berlin’, Alexander Ochs Galleries Berlin, Beijing

  2003 'The Said and The Unsaid', Apparao Galleries, Mumbai

  2002 'Cinema Stills' Apparao Galleries, New Delhi

  2001 'Figures in My Mind', Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  2000 'Celebration of the Human Image', Gallery 42, New Delhi

  2000 'Timeless Visions: Contemporary Art of India', from the Herwitz Collection, Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, USA

  2000 'Early Works', The Fine Art Company, Mumbai

  2000 'Embarkations: The Millennium Show', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

 1999 'Imagined Spaces', a one year touring exhibition with Surendran Nair at major Art Centers in Australia, Noosa Regional Art Gallery, Australia

  1999 'Pacaembu', Sao Paulo, Brazil

  1999 'The Tale of Six Cities', Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1998-99 'Lines of desire', A Liverpool Art School & Oldham Art Gallery & Museum touring exhibition

  1998 'Indian Spring', Apparao Galleries & Gallery Martini, USA

  1997-98 'The Edge of Awareness', 50th anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Sao Paulo, New York, New Delhi

  1997 'Epic Reality', Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, USA

  1997 'Women Artists of India - A Celebration of independence', Mils College Art Gallery, California, USA

  1997 'Nirguna/Saguna', Nature Morte, New Delhi

  1996 'Acro da Lapa', Laboratoire, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  1996 '12 Contemporary Painters from 1984 to 1996', The Fine Art Recourse, Mumbai

  1996 'Of Women, icons/stars/feasts', Eicher Gallery, New Delhi

  1995-96 'Inside Out: Women Artists of India', a touring exhibition in England, Middles-borough Art Gallery, UK

  1995 'Indian Winter', Kapil Jariwala Gallery, London, UK

  1995 'Contemporary Art, Deutche bank Bombay', The Fine Art Resource, Mumbai

  1995 'Bombay', An RPG exhibition, Mumbai

  1995 'Dialogues of peace', Geneva, Switzerland

  1995 'Art for CRY', Mumbai & Delhi

  1994 An Exhibition of Women's Art: Society for Promotion of Art, Hyderabad

  1993 'In Small Format-Works on Paper', Sakshi gallery, Mumbai

  1993 'Images & Words', A traveling exhibition for Communal Harmony, Sahmat India

  1993 'Husain Ki Sarai', Vadhera Art gallery, New Delhi

  1992 'A Nest for Sparrow', curated by C.S.Laxmi, Mumbai

  1992 'Journeys with landscapes', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  1990 Exhibition for the ter-centenary of Calcutta & the support of the SICW, Kolkata

  1989 'Artists Alert', In memory of Safdar Hashmi, New Delhi

  1988 Exhibition to Celebrate the declaration of Human Right’s, UN, Geneva, Switzerland

  1987 Print exhibition, Bristol, UK

  1987 Print exhibition, Centre for Engraving, Geneva, Switzerland

  1987 'Alekhya Darsan', Six Young Contemporaries, Geneva, Switzerland

  1984 Young Contemporaries, Sheffield, UK


  2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2011 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2011 'Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern & Contemporary Art from India', San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose

  2011 'The Intuitive: Logic Revisted', from the Osians Collection at The World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland

  2010 'Finding India: Art for the New century', presented by Sakshi Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Taipei

  2010 'Evolve: 10th Anniversary Show', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2010 'Roots', 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai at The Park, Chennai

  2005 ‘Shakti 2005’, Aicon Gallery, New York

  1987 Second Biennial of Havana, Cuba

  1986 Sixth International Triennial, New Delhi

  1981 All India Graphic Exhibition, Ahmedabad

  1980 All India Photography Exhibition, Mysore

Honours and Awards


  2010 Montalvo Artist Residency, Montalvo Center for the Arts, Sartoga, CA

  1994 Junior Fellowship, Ministry of Culture and Human Resources, Government of India

  1990 Conferred The Staff Fellowship From The Rockefeller Foundation Asian Cultural Council to Work in the U.S.

  1988-89 Invited Faculty and Artist –in- Residence, The Konsthogskolan Art College, by invitation from Svenska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

  1984 Unilever Painting Award, Royal College of Art, London

  1982 Inlaks Scholarship for her M.A. in Painting from Royal College of Art, London

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