Educational-professional-details

RITENDRA ROY (born: 11th March, 1972)

Educational Qualifications :

1983 – 91 : Secondary and Higher Secondary (10+2 level) Schooling (both under West Bengal Board of Education)from Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur.
1992 – 97 : Bachelor of Visual Arts (B.V.A) in Painting (1st Class First) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.
1997 – 99 : Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) in Painting (1st Class) from Visva – Bharati University, Santiniketan.
1999 : National Educational Test (NET) qualification from the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India for Lectureship in the field of Visual Arts.

Recognitions (academic and professional):

1985 : Certificate of Merit in Indian Painting from the Department of Indian Culture, R.K.M Ashrama, Narendrapur.
1996 : Abanindranath Tagore Memorial Medal in Painting from the Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata.
1997 : Annual Award in Painting from the Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.
1997-1998 : National Scholarship in Painting from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
1998-1999 : Merit Scholarship in Painting from Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan.
1999 : Nirode Baran Memorial Prize from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata at the 24th Annual convocation for securing first position in the B.V.A examination of 1997.
2001- 2003 : Cultural Scholarship in Painting from the Department of Culture, Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Government of India.
2004 - 2006 : U.G.C Junior Research Fellowship from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.
2006 - 2008 : U.G.C Senior Research Fellowship from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.

University Teaching Experience : Employed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts (Painting), University of Kalyani, West Bengal, from July 2012 onwards. Served as a Guest Lecturer from January 2002 till May 2004, and as a UGC Research Fellow from July 2004 till June 2008 in the Department of Painting, Faculty of Visual Arts, RBU, Kolkata. Took classes at both the Bachelor’s and Master's levels.

Research Experience : Worked under the Ph.D. programme (UGC Research Grant) at R.B.U., Kolkata from Dec.2005 till May2010. Research topic - The ‘Jorasanko’ and the ‘Khoai’ : Rethinking about the Association and Responses of Artists. The study historically looks into the development of the art of landscape painting and the significant approaches with regard to the work of some of the past Masters of Bengal, and how they were influenced by the surrounding environment in which they lived and worked. (Thesis not submitted)

Paper presentation in UGC- sponsored National Seminar : Delivered a lecture and visual presentation entitled Home – A Few Cultural Readings of the Live-in Environment in the UGC-sponsored National Seminar – ‘Whither Culture Studies : Contexts and Contestations’ conducted by the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Kalyani on 5th March, 2013.

Literary Contribution : ‘Art for the Future’ - published in the ‘Prabuddha Bharata’ (January 2001 issue), an English monthly journal (started by Swami Vivekananda in 1896).It is an article exploring some proposals about how art can help humanity within the changing contemporary scenario, and enhance its scope for future prospects.

‘The Changing Scenario’ : Scope, Prospects and Proposals’ – published in the ‘Vichitra’(Vol 5., 2009), a magazine on art and culture of the Faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. An article where the role of an artist has been looked into with regard to the contemporary directions in the field.

‘Land-Scape-Art : An Example of Behavioural Response’ - published in the ‘Ahana’(Vol.2, 2010), a yearly magazine on Art and Culture of the Govt. College of Art & Craft, Agartala, Tripura. The write-up signifies the subjective interpretation of the personal association of an artist (in this case Rabindranath Tagore) with respect to the space that he has encountered.

‘Art Practice within the Academic Structure : A Methodological Evaluation’ – published in the first issue(2013) of ‘Kalyani’, the magazine initiated and brought out by the Department of Visual Arts, University of Kalyani.

Worked as an Associate Editor for the Art Etc. magazine (formerly an ECA publication, later a Chisel Crafts Pvt. Ltd. publication). Have contributed news articles, exhibition reviews for the magazine also.

Professional Exposure / Participations : Have been exhibiting works since studentship days. Working as a professional fine artist from 1999 onwards. Works have been selected and displayed in important national level exhibitions, curated shows and other group shows at major centres all over India and at some places abroad. Held five large solo exhibitions - in Kolkata (at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Dec.2000 & Feb.2004 and at Aakriti Art gallery, May-June 2010) and in New Delhi (at AIFACS,Feb.2002 and at Gallerie Ganesha, March-April 2012), which have been acclaimed widely. Invited by different organizations and institutions for participation in art workshops and camps.

Details of Professional participations :

Solo Exhibitions :

March-April 2012 : HOME : at Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi.
May-June 2010 : Progress of Non-Abstract Geometry : at Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata.
February 2004 : Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata.
February 2002 : All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi.
December 2000 : Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata.

Participation in selected (Curated) Group Shows (Including National Exhibitions) :

2013 : 46th Annual Exhibition of Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata. Stroke and Chisel – an exhibition of contemporary paintings and sculptures of 65 artists across India, curated by Dr.Archana Roy at the ECA gallery, Kolkata.
2012 : Within Reach III : Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art at Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi. Art Fair at the ECA gallery, Kolkata. Art Mela at the CIMA gallery, Kolkata.
2011 : Uttar- Purab : an exhibition of Contemporary Art at Emami Chisel Art gallery, Kolkata. 44th Annual Exhibition of Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata.
2010 : Logged – an exhibition of Drawings curated by Amit Mukhopadhyay at the ECA gallery, Kolkata.
2009 : Art Against Terrorism — at Emami Chisel Art (ECA) Gallery, Kolkata Art for Concern – organized by Concern India Foundation at the Oberoi Grand, Kolkata.Next Gen – Exhibition of Young Painters at Kalakriti Art gallery, Hyderabad (in association with Aakriti Art gallery)
2008 : Signature Art Fest, Kolkata, organised by Emami Chisel Art Pvt. Ltd. and Avani Group. The Art of Santiniketan : Masters and Emerging Artists – at the Royal College of Art, London, organized by SA Fine Arts, London. Drawings – contemporary art show at Gallery K2, Kolkata Photography Exhibition at Gallery K2, Kolkata
2007 : Glimpses of Contemporary Art of Bengal at Point of View Art Gallery, Mumbai. Habiart Foundation & Aakriti Art Gallery at Parish Hall, Kolkata Freedom : What it means to me at Aakriti art gallery (curated by Pranabranjan Ray) Art for Concern - Monsoon Show of Contemporary Indian Art organized by Concern India Foundation at the Art Gallery, ITC Sonar Bangla, Kolkata. Modern to Contemporary at Gallery Kolkata.
2006 : Aakriti Art Gallery and Genesis Art Gallery at Habiart Gallery, New Delhi Young Artists from Bengal at Galerie La Mere, Kolkata .Gen Next – presented by Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata
2005 : Continuity, Disjuncture & Creativity at Akar Prakar (curated by Pranab Ranjan Ray). 38th Annual Exhibition of Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata Kaaya O Maaya - at the Genesis Art Gallery, Kolkata (curated by Ratnottama Sengupta). Octave – Exhibition of eight contemporary artists from Bengal at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. Art for Giving – Works of former students from Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan at Spandan Art Gallery, Kolkata.
2004 : 47th National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi at Lucknow. Contemporary Kolkata through Contemporary Art, organized by Mukta Shilpa at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (curated by Ratnottama Sengupta). Art Watch – Emerging Trends in Art of Bengal at Gallerie 88, Kolkata. Freedom – Contemporary Art show at Galerie La Mere, Kolkata. Rotary Art Vision – presented by Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata. 37th Annual Exhibition of Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata.
2003 : Marriott Hotel, New Delhi, organized by ITC WelcomGroup. Annual open – air exhibition of Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata.
2002 : Cityscapes show – Apparao Galleries, Chennai. Summer Show - Art Today, New Delhi Members of the Faculty of Visual Arts, R.B.U at Gallerie’ 88, Kolkata. West Bengal State Akademi of Dance, Drama, Music & Visual Arts at Kolkata 75th AIFACS Exhibition at Kolkata. Of Traditions & Paradigm – Contemporary Art at Oncidium Art Gallery, Kolkata (curated by Nanak Ganguly).
2001 : 43rd National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, at Bangalore. Annual show – Gallerie’ 88, Kolkata. Similarities & Dissimilarities – at the Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai (curated by Siddhartha Ghosh and Nanak Ganguly) Gallerie’ Ganesha, New Delhi. Tradition and Modernity in Bengal – organized by Birla Academy of Art & Culture at the Chitrakala Parisath, Bangalore.
2000 : Summer Show - Art Today, New Delhi. Feelings – Contemporary Art from Bengal at the Alternative Art Gallery, Calcutta. Young Faces in Contemporary Indian Art - Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Calcutta. West Bengal State Akademi of Dance, Drama, Music & Visual Arts at Calcutta Millennium Show – 33rd Annual Exhibition of the Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Calcutta.
1999 : Colours of a Century - works of contemporary Bengal artists at the Artist’s Centre, Kalaghoda, Mumbai. Galerié La Meré, Calcutta Proscenium’s Art Centre, Calcutta (curated by Prof. Partha Pratim Deb) Exhibition of five young artists from Bengal at the Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta (curated by Pranab Ranjan Ray)
1998 : Blip – Multimedia works through installation by Kala-Bhavana artists at the Nandan Gallery, Santiniketan (curated by Dipak Bhattacharyya) Within the Frame – Contemporary Indian Miniatures at the Apparao Galleries, New Delhi & at Gallery 678, Broadway, New York. ABC – Works of Young Contemporary Indian artists at the Apparao Galleries, New Delhi. 31st Annual Exhibition of Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Calcutta. Rank Holders (from different Art Institutions of North East India) Exhibition organized by Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Calcutta at Gaganendra Art Gallery, Calcutta.
1997 : Metropolitan Festival of Art, Calcutta. An Ode to Independence – To celebrate 50 years of Indian Independence the works of 50 Contemporary Indian Artists at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and Air Gallery, London organized by Apparao Galleries. Destinations – Contemporary Landscape Paintings at the Apparao Galleries, Chennai. Galerié La Meré, Kolkata.
1996 : West Bengal State Akademi of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts at Calcutta Annual Exhibition of Indian Society of Oriental Art, Calcutta. Rashtriya Kala-Mela (IXth) of Lalit Kala Akademi at Calcutta.
2000 : Inter-state Art Exchange organized by the West Bengal State Akademi at Tamil Nadu.
1994 : West Bengal State Akademi of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts at Calcutta.

Workshops / Camps attended :

2008 : At Santiniketan organized by Dunlop India Limited
2007 : At Hotel Fortune Central (ITC Group) in Darjeeling organized by Concern India Foundation in association with Genesis Advertising Pvt. Ltd. Invited by the Rotary Club of Calcutta as a Guest Artist at the Hotel Hindustan International, Kolkata.
2006 : At the Samilton & Rowland Hotel, Kolkata.
2005 : Nadir Sange Dekha, organized by the Sea Explorer’s Institute, Kolkata.
2003 : Painting workshop organized by ITC WelcomGroup, at Rajputana Palace Sheraton, Jaipur and Marriott Hotel, New Delhi.
2000 : Feelings - organized by the West Bengal Voluntary Health Association at Calcutta.
1999 : As an extra-curricular input in the IAS Professional Course Phase – II at the LBS National Academy of Administration, Govt. of India, Mussoorie, U.P.
1997 : Camlin camp at Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan.
1996 : The Association of Indian Universities, at Kalyani, West Bengal.