Ranbir Kaleka

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Ranbir Kaleka
Ranbir Kaleka
is an Indian Contemporary artist. Ranbir Kaleka works in various media like oil on canvas, watercolors, painting and mixed media on shaped wood and board, digital photographs and complex video installations. His new media works, particularly his painting installations have developed in the latter period of his career.[1]

Early Life

Ranbir Kaleka was born in Patiala, Punjab, India, 1953. [2]


In 1970-75, he did Five Year Diploma in Painting, College of Art, Punjab University, Chandigarh. In 1985-87, he did M.A. Painting from Royal College of Art, London under the Charles Wallace Scholarship.[3]

Ranbir Kaleka currently lives and works in New Delhi.[4]


He served a teaching position for fine art at the Fine Arts Department, College for Women, Punjabi University, Patiala, India from 1976-77.

Then from 1980-8555 he served the teaching position for fine art at the Delhi College of Art, New Delhi, from 1980-85.[5]


Kaleka’s paintings, both on paper and canvas, in oils as well as mixed media, are almost surrealist in their treatment of scenes from everyday life. The lines are suggested, rather than sharply traced, and the colours almost deliberately restrained. Kaleka’s interest in cinema also lead to the advent of his video art, where he explores the effects of combining the physicality of the painted image with an image made out of light. The result is a ‘sort of hyperimage’, which achieves an intensity and subtlety of colour, and imbues the static with a sense of movement through the superimposition of sound and movement. The artist’s movement into video art has been an essential endeavor for his further exploration of the ‘psychological event’, an event that can only take place outside the physical confines of the frame of the painting, through the usage of light to create the image and the subsequent aura of the image.[6]


1979 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

 1986 Sanskriti Award, New Delhi



Volte Gallery & Saffron Art Gallery, ‘Ranbir Kaleka “Fables”, Delhi


Volte Gallery, ‘Sweet Unease’, Mumbai


Bose Pacia Gallery, ‘Reading Man’, New York


Bose Pacia Gallery, ‘Fables from the House of Ibaan: stage - I’, New York


Spertus Museum, ‘Consider’, Multi-media installation commissioned for permanent display, Chicago


Bose Pacia Gallery, ‘Crossings’, New York


ArtToday Gallery, New Delhi, India



Volte Gallery, ‘Your Name is different there’, Mumbai
Art Stage Singapore, Special Project, Singapore
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, ‘Deconstructing India’, Isreal
Lalit Kala Regional Centre, ‘To Let the World In: Narrative and Beyond in Contemporary Indian Art’, Chennai, India


Guangdon Museum, ‘Back to Basics”, 4th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China
Pearl Lam Fine Art, ‘Window in the Wall: India and China – Imaginary Conversations’, Shanghai, China
Latitude 28 ‘In the Illusion of Each Day’, Delhi, India
MediaArtLab, Expanded Cinema, Moscow
Prague Biennale 5, Prague BIennale Photo 2, ‘Crossroads: India Escalate’, Prague, Czech Republic
Lalit Kala Akademi, ‘Tolstoy Farm - Archive of Utopia’, New Delhi
Vancouver Biennale and Surrey Art Gallery, ‘In Transition: New Art from India’, Vancouver, Canada
Singapore Art Museum, ‘Comtemporary Masterpieces from Private Collection’, Singapore
The New Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair, Singapore
India Art Summit, respresented by Volte Gallery, New Delhi


MOCA Taipei, ‘Finding India, Art for the New Century’, Teipei, Taiwan
Sakshi Annual Exhibition, Taipei, Taiwan
Hong Kong Art Fair, represented by Sakshi Gallery, Hong Kong 
Arario Gallery, ‘Weight of Floating Time’, Cheonan, Korea, Seoul
‘Project’ 35’, (selection by 35 international curators, touring internationally), Dec 2010 - Feb 2011
Cervantes Institute, ‘Imaging Asia’, New Delhi
Lalit Kala Akademi (National Academy of Art), ‘Delhi’, New Delhi
Lalit Kala Akademi, Gallery Espace, ‘Marvelous Reality’, New Delhi


Seoul Convention Centre, Sakshi Gallery, Korea
ESSL Museum, ‘Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art’, Vienna, Austria
National Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art’, KoreaMori Art Musuem, ‘Chalo! India: A New Era of Indian Art’, Toyko, Japan
Museo Fundación Cristóbal Gabarrón, ‘Indi Dialogue. Arte experimental de la India’, Valladolid, Spain 
IVAM - Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, ‘India Moderna’, Valencia, Spain
CASA ASIA, ‘Indian Narrative in the 21st Century: Between Memory and History’, Madrid & Barcelona, Spain
Birla Academy of Art and Culture, ‘Astonishment of Being’, Kolkata


16th Biennale of Sydney, Revolutions-Forms That Turn, Sydney, Australia.
Mori Art Museum, ‘Chalo! India - A New Era of Indian Art’, Tokyo, (tour: National Museum of Contemporary Art,
Korea; 2009: ESSL Museum, Vienna, Austria) 
Asian Contemporary Art Fair, New York, ‘Simulasian: Refiguring “Asia” for the 21st Century’, New York
Devi Art Foundation, ‘Still Moving Image’, Gurgoan, Harayana, India.
Anant Art Gallery, ‘Machanisms of Motion’, New Delhi
Soulflower Gallery, ‘The Ethics of Encounter’, Bangkok, Thailand


Kunstmuseum Bern, ‘Horn Please - The Narrative in Contemporary Indian Art’, Switzerland
Hangar Bicocca, spazio d’arte contemporanea, ‘Urban Manners’, Milan
Chicago Cultural Institute, ‘New Narratives - Contemporary Art from India’, Chicago, (toured: Salina Art Center, Salina, Kansas; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, N.Brunswick, New Jersey)
Newark Museum, ‘Public Places, Private Spaces’, Contemporary Photography and Video Art New Jersey, (toured: Minneapolis Institute of Arts ,Minneapolis)


Art Basel, ‘Art Video Lounge’, curated show by Michael Rush, Maimi Beach
Arario Gallery, ‘Hungry God’, Beijing, China, (Museum of Modern Art, Busan, Korea; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto)
National Gallery of Modern Art, ‘Edge of Desire’, New Delhi, (toured: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, , California)


Venice Biennale, ‘iCon - India Contemporary’, Venice, Italy
Lalit Kala Akademi, Golden Jubilee, New Delhi
Osians, ‘Revisualising India’, New Delhi
Gallery ArtsIndia, ‘Herwitz 100’, New York


Residency at Sally & Don Lucas Artists Programs, Montalvo Arts Center, California
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Anges ‘LA FREEWAVES 9th Biennial Festival of Film, Video and New Media - How Can You Resist?’ Geffen Contemporary, LosAngles; (toured: Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; cheLA(Corriente Hipermediatica Experimental Latinoamericana), Buenos Aires, Argentina; Huffmans House, Encuentro
Internacional de Espacios Independientes; Valparaiso, Chile)
The Art Gallery Of Western Australia, ‘Edge Desire’, Perth, Australia, (toured: Queens Museum of Modern Art, Queens NY; The Asia Society, New York; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Marco, Monterrey/MX; National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai)
Culturgest-Lisbon, ‘Zoom!’, Portugal
Walsh Gallery, Visual Performance, curated by WuHung and Julie Walsh, Chicago
Sakshi Gallery, ‘After Dark’, Mumbai


10th Biennial of Moving Images, Centre for Contemporary Images, Saint-Gervais, Genéve, Switzerland
Nation Museum of Modern Art, ‘diVERGE’, Mumbai
Apeejay Media Gallery, ‘Liminal Zones’, Delhi
House of World Culture, ‘BODY•CITY, Siting Contemporary Culture in India’, Berlin, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art, Merida, ‘Interactive A03’, Biennale for New Media Art, Yucatan, Mexico
Grantpirrie, ‘An Apparent Calm’, Sidney
Video Roadshow, Mumbai
British Council, ‘Root en Route’, New Delhi, Chennai; Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, Bangalore


KHOJ, International Workshop in Mysore, India
Kunsthalle Wien, ‘Kapital & Karma’, Vienna
Apeeyay Media Gallery, ‘Private Mythologies - Sound and video works of the personal and the political’, New Delhi
Nature Morte, ‘PhotoSphere’, New Delhi


Art Today, ‘Rare and Unusual Paintings’, New Delhi


Alliance Francaise, ‘Silen TV video lounge’, (with Michel Mallard, Olivier Reneau & Denis Chevalier), New Delhi
Public Art Project, ‘Images for a Hundred Lamp Posts’, Ealing, London
Indo-Austrian Art Projects in Public Space, ‘Boxwallahs’, The DeEgo-Cube, Gurgaon, Haryana
Sakshi Gallery, ‘Embarkations-The Millennium Show’, Mumbai
Max Mueller, ‘Art and Technology’, Mumbai


Expo 2000, artistic consultant, Basic Needs Pavilion, Hannover Germany
British Council, ‘Edge of the Century’, New Delhi


Public mural for Thames Trains at Southall Station, London commission - Ealing and the European, Union Fund


Open Drawing Competition Exhibition, Cheltenham and North England


Smith Jariwala Gallery, ‘Indian Winter’, London
Pitshanger Manor Gallery, ‘First Sight’, London


Royal Academy, ‘Summer Exhibition’, invited Artist, London
Gallery Espace, ‘Drawing’94’, New Delhi
Connaught Brown Gallery, The Affordable Art Company Exhibition, London


Gallery Chemould, ‘Seventeen Indian Painters’, Bombay


Robert Hull Fleming Museum, ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, University of Vermont, Burlington, USA
Halle Sud, ‘Coup De Coeur, Festival of Indian Art’, Geneva, Switzerland


Bucknell University, Contemporary Indian Art, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania


Grey Art Gallery, Contemporary Indian Art, New York University, New York


Sahitya Kala Akademi, Painting Camp, Sohna, Haryana, India


World Punjabi Writers Conference, Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, New Delhi


Lalit Kala Academy, Fifth Triennale India, New Delhi
Royal Academy of Arts, Contemporary Indian Art, London
Museum of Modern Art, ‘India - Myth and Reality’, Oxford



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