Ranbir Kaleka | the artist




The artist Ranbir Kaleka
Born 1953, Patiala, Punjab, India.
Lives and works in New Delhi, India.

Style and technique of the artist: Video, Painting, Sydney Biennale,


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Viewing many of these pieces one has the impression of being summoned into a world within the frame of the work which seems to be on the verge of moving from a dream state to waking. The point is not that Ranbir’s figuration and juxtaposition often have a dream-logic but more importantly that the aesthetic and psychological landscape of his work is not closed—one where the viewer must try to decode the artist’s meaning—but open—inviting the viewer into the making of meaning…
Man with Cockerel-2
Fables from the House of Ibaan
Ranbir Kaleka was born in 1953, raised in the Punjabi city of Patiala and studied at the College of Art in Chandigarh (1970-75) and received a Masters Degree in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London in 1987. He has held solo exhibitions of his works at Bose Pacia in New York (2005 & 2007) and Art Today in New Delhi (1995). His works have been included in most of the museum shows of Indian contemporary art that have been mounted around the world in the past decade, including: “Chalo! India” at the Mori Museum in Tokyo (2008); “India Moderna” at the Institute of Modern Art in Valencia, Spain (2008); “New Narratives” at the Chicago Cultural Institute (2007); “Horn Please” at the Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (2007); “Edge of Desire” at the Asia Society in New York (2005); “iCon: India Contemporary” at the Venice Biennale (2005); and “body.city” at the House of World Cultures in Berlin (2003). In 2007 he was commissioned to create a permanent video installation for the new Spertus Museum in Chicago and in 2008 his work was included in the Sydney Biennale…


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