Ranadip was born in 1968 in Jamshedpur. He moved to Calcutta to study at the Government College of Arts and Crafts and graduated in 1992.
Ranadip’s richly picturesque style expresses itself in a variety of media including oils, pastels, watercolours, acrylic, mixed media and collage. His images, usually framed in bands of colour embellished with metaphoric and stylistic detail are rich in symbols drawn from history, mythology, popular culture and religion. Though mainly figurative, elements of abstraction are present in some earlier compositions. Never pinned to a single perception, his works are, in their rich variety of motifs, perspectives, moods and themes – mythological, cultural and personal – many-faceted responses to life’s endless diversity.
He is best known for his atmospheric paintings depicting scenes in the city of Calcutta and the surrounding countryside. The villages of Bengal, including Shantiniketan, are familiar subjects along with scenes from Orissa, Rajasthan and the rest of the country.
More recently, he has focussed his attention on Benaras. In his words: ““Benaras to me is like a sensuous and a beautiful young girl, sometimes playful, sometimes sombre, but always intense, and vividly colourful. The city brings to my heart a melancholy, and a sense of continuity. Everywhere my eyes wander, I see history, I see religion, I sometimes also see the dirt and filth, but above all I see a tableau of my country in every corner. Every corner of Benaras has a story to tell – the story of India.I have been experimenting with painting Benaras for more than a decade. Some times the forms come to me like tiny episodes of a play, sometimes the forms just seep into the canvas almost of their own volition. Everything about the city touches my heart, its old buildings, the incessant chanting on the banks of the Ganges, the endless throng of people seeking redemption, the belief of Hindus that it is the city which can transfer man from one state of being (human) into another (the spiritual )…. All these subtle and overt nuances of Benaras translate into colours and forms for my paintings.”
Defined forms, patterned structure and a dynamic and suggestive use of colour to reinforce symbolic imagery, are other distinctions of Ranadip’s style. Though the artist loves using vivid, well delineated colour, he displays equal aptitude for drama with deep dull tones.
He has won numerous awards for his work, including from the Bombay Art Society in 1996.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
- Nehru Centre Gallery, Mumbai (2013)
- Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (2013, 2009, 2005, 1999, 1997, 1993)
- Apparao Galleries, Chennai (2010, 2007)
- Art Chamber, Goa (2006)
- Moot Hall, Brampton, UK (2002, 2000, 1996, 1995)
- Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai (2001)
- Nehru Centre, London (2000)
- Tagore Centre, London (1994)