IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2013

Ruee Gawarikar
Ruee Gawarikar

My works are about the predicament of an individual in a chaotic, urban environment. They stream from my experiences of being born and brought up in India. Having been part of a booming and vigorously developing nation, I witnessed an extreme change in lifestyle and subsequently in outlook and priorities. My paintings depict the extreme fragmentation of a multifaceted man arising from contrasting thoughts of higher aspirations and complex material ambitions. They portray the excesses of humans and subsequent consequences on the psyche and mind.

Accordingly, these works are exaggerated, unrestrained and dramatic in style. Drawing is an important aspect of my works - hence the dominance of color black. My forms show influences of a wide variety of sources, the sculptures of the Ajanta – Ellora caves, cartoons and expressionist art. The drama and story telling aspects are inspired by my background in classical Indian dance. I use Indian folk tales, myths and legends, juxtaposing them with contemporary issues and stories.

Educational qualifications

B.F.A. (Painting) with Bridge Course
Pune University, 2009, Passed in Distinction
Bharati Vidyapeeth's College of Fine Arts
Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune

Dip.A.Ed, Post-Diploma in Art Education,
2002-2003,First Class,
Bharati Kala Mahavidyalaya ,
Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune

G.D.Art,Government Diploma in Fine Arts
Bharati Kala Mahavidyalaya ,
Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune

Learning "Kathak" - Classical North Indian Style of Dance, through the 'Guru-Shishya
Parampara' for the past 8 years,
From Srimati Prabhatai Marathe,
Founder-Director of "Kala Chhaya", Pune


From Pandit Satya Narayan Charka,
East West School of Dance, New York

Special training / Courses/Workshops

Print Making Workshop-2008/9
Bharati Kala Mahavidyalaya,

Sculpture Workshop, 2003

Print-Making," Technique and Art", 2003
Bharati Kala Mahavidyalaya

Drawing and Painting Workshop by artist Theo Besemer
Bharati Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune

Experience in Related Professions

Assistant Professor, 2003-2004
Bharati Vidyapeeth's School of Fine Arts,
Bharati Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune, India
Specialized Subjects: Art Theory, Indian and Western History of Arts and Aesthetics
Representational and Non-Representational forms of Composition

Gallery-In-Charge, 2003
The Poona Art Studio,
Pune, India

Cover Illustration for a Book of Poems,
"Kadhi He Kadhi Te",

Company Dancer, 2006-Present
Kathak and Contemporary Dance,
"Surati for Performing Arts",
Jersey City, NJ

Company Dancer, 2004-Present
"East West School of Dance"
Monroe, NY

Art, Costume and Prop Management,
"Tyohaar" Dance-Drama, 2007
"Surati for Performing Arts",
World Financial Centre,
New York, NY

Art Direction, Choreography, Performance
Poetry/Music based play, "Kadhi He Kadhi Te ",
Pune, India

Selected Presentations and Exhibitions (Visual Arts)

Erasing Borders - 2012
Indo American Arts Council
Crossing Arts Queens, Mar 2012
New York, USA

Bronx Charter School of Arts, May 2012
New York, USA

Art6, Aug 2012
Richmond, USA

The Monsoon Show,
Jehangir Art Gallery, June 2009
Mumbai, India

Women's Day special Exhibition
India Art Gallery, March 2009
Pune, India

"Mumbai, Meri Jaan",
Kala Ghoda Art Festival, Feb 2009
Mumbai, India

12th Western Region Art Exhibition, 2009
Camlin Art Foundation- Juried, Award
India Art Gallery, Pune, India

"Print-Makers", 2008
Print Making Workshop Group
Art 2 Day Gallery, Pune, India

International Indian Art Exhibition, 2006
World Trade Centre,
Jakarta, Indonesia

Chatak monsoon show, 2003
Jehangir Art Gallery,
Mumbai, India

Pupra, 2003
Mumbai, India
Prague, Czech Republic.

Art Society of India, 2002
Jehangir Art Gallery,
Mumbai, India

Selected Performances:

Ramayan Dance Drama, 2008, 2009, 2011
Metropolitan Museum of Art,
New York, NY

Everything Jersey City Festival, 2008
Jersey City, NJ

Public School Program Series ”Excerpts from Tyohaar”, 2008
Jersey City Museum,
Jersey City, NJ

Children’s Day Function,2008
Indian Consulate,
New York, NY

Tyohaar, 2007
Kenwood College,
Jersey City, NJ

Tyohaar, 2007
World Financial Centre,
New York, NY

Drums Along The Hudson, 2007
Inwood Hill Park,
New York, NY

Rhythms, 2007
Rock Theatre, Times Square
New York, NY

Krishna Leela Dance Drama, 2006
Blue Sky Theatre,
Monroe, NY

Kathak Performance, 2006
Union County College,
Cranford, NJ

Ganesh Festival,
Pune, India

Achhan Maharaj Mahotsav,
Kamani Auditoraium,
New Delhi, India

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