Ramachandra Kharatmal
b. 1977

Ramachandra’s world begins and ends with art. His work is his worship and passion. The many laurels including State and National awards are testimony to his dedication to art. Different things fancy him at different points in time but his love for recreating on canvas the human form is so perfect and lucid that he comes across as a master who understands not just the contours of the human form but also the emotions that the human form come built with – his paintings showcase the realities of life. Internal pain, anger, sorrow, misery and love come alive on his paintings.

Ramachandra doesn’t just draw; his paintings point to greater imageries of the subjects’ life and emotions. His use of quilt as a theme across his works is worth mentioning. Quilts have a strange quality about them – mostly they are pieces of fabric sewn together. Human relationships and emotions are sewn up bundles all the time – just like thme quilts. Most of his works also feature the poor and the middle class citizens in whose lives the quilt carry more significance as patched up clothing. As dark as it may sound, his creations are a total contrast; the quilts in full of colour and vibrancy. They ooze energy into the minimalist backgrounds. The stitch can also be found to occupy predominant locations throughout his canvases signifying emotions and lives stitched together.

The artist is heavy on brevity. But brevity of his imagery is camouflaged by the richness of his colours.Ramachandra fills every portrait with unique colours and patterns which are suggestive of the time and enhance the imagery of his painting. Such is the impact of his paintings that the viewer is left with a lasting impression long after he has left the presence of Ramachandra’s work. It is like walking away with an endearingly haunting memory of having been in the presence of something absolutely magnificent, almost like the touch of the Creator himself.

Burma Rising

April 29th – May 14th 2017

Burma Rising | First Contemporary Art Show from Myanmar in Boston

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