Ravindra Kumar Kumawat
b. 1988

The recurrent theme in Ravindra Kumawat’s bodies of work is globalisation. He paints what he sees around him – people at the bottom of the pyramid struggling to make ends meet in a globalised market.

His paintings are of people we meet every day but do not acknowledge amidst our busy lives. They are about people who make our life easier by working for us. The rich-poor divide, the high contrast between glamour and simple living are deconstructed from their environs and reconstructed in his canvases. The specialised effects,geometric patterns and textures Kumawat uses gives plenty of strength to his characters which are purposefully kept modest.

Kumawat chooses to showcase the hardworking lower class struggle for the basics on a daily basis. But there is no conflict either in his characters or in the paintings as a whole. His characters are at peace in their own space, going about their daily routine. You can see it in the dignity of the rickshaw puller, the tranquillity in the faces of the band players, the casualness of the coolies carrying heavy luggage, the innocence in the faces of young boys and girls who sell toys and other things at traffic signals…

He presents the blue collar worker without any expression of resentment that is usually attached to such references. His works while portraying their lives is not about their sufferings but a reminder of the wilful survivors that exist and share in our very globalised world.

Burma Rising

April 29th – May 14th 2017

Burma Rising | First Contemporary Art Show from Myanmar in Boston

read more