Rekha Rodwittiya

Artist Rekha Rodwittiya’s unique imagery stems from her responses to everyday events around.

Anchored by: Deepa Nair
Photographs: Courtesy Sakshi Gallery

Artist Rekha Rodwittiya who was born in Bengaluru in 1958, recently exhibited her work at the Sakshi Gallery titled Rekha@Sixty: Transient Worlds of Belonging. The exhibition reflected on her career, commenting on human life through the lens of her experiences; from her early childhood in Bengaluru through her teenage years influenced by 70s icons such as Peter Blake, The Beatles and Mary Quant, to exhibitions in Europe and America. Quiz her on how she became an artist, and she says, “From the age of five I knew I would be a painter — not an artist, but specifically a painter. The reason for this could be attributed to many things, but the point in question I want to make here is that it wasn’t that I was greatly skilled or proficient — it was something else. It was this deep-rooted knowledge of my own need for art within my existence that held my connection to it since I was a child.” Working with oils and water colour, Rekha chose the territory of personal histories in her early works to talk about a private world that her outer countenance camouflaged. Over the years, this celebrated artist has numerous exhibitions to her credit.

She was also invited to deliver series of lectures on Indian Art at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Grenoble and Castello di Rivoli, Torino in 1991. In 1995, Rekha was invited to create work for an exhibition in Geneva to commemorate 50 years of the United Nations for which she created a seminal work titled Songs From the Blood of the Weary. This work was most recently exhibited in a solo show of the same title at the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Mumbai.