Born in Udupi, Karnataka in 1957, Bhaskar Rao is a self-taught artist who has held more than 20 exhibitions in India and in Singapore, Bangkok, Johannesburg, Dubai and Paris. Starting his career as a sculptor and muralist today he devotes more time to his paintings. His paintings are near realistic images of the people living on the edge of society from his native Udupi. They are filled with a strange light and misty glows. More recently, his puppet series provoke us to question ourselves.
Bhaskar was the recipient of the Karnataka Lalit Kala Award on four occasions, in 1969, 1979, 1980 and 1981, and the Award of Honour from the Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy in 1996. He won the G. S. Shenoy Memorial Award in 2001 and the prestigious Karnataka Rajyotsava Award from the Government of Karnataka in 2004. Most recently he was awarded the Upadhyaya Mudubelle Art Foundation Award, Udupi in 2007.
Bhaskar lives and works in Bangalore.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
- Crimson Art Resource, Bangalore (1994, 1993, 1990)
- The Gallery, Chennai (1994)
- Shrinagar Art Gallery, Udupi (1972)
- Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore (1971)
Selected Group Exhibitions
- Amaya Art (2011, 2009, 2006)
- ‘Stellar Configuration’, presented by Vinnyasa Art Gallery, Chennai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (2008)
- Images Art Gallery, Bangalore (1997, 1996)
- Artists Forum, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore (1995)
- Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (1994, 1992, 1985)
- The Gallery, Chennai (1992)
- Crimson Art Gallery, Mumbai (1990)
- Mysore Art Council, Udupi (1974), Hyderabad (1974), Mumbai (1974) and Bangalore (1973)