Rajkumar sthabathy Profile :
BORN : 27-07-1975
EDUCATION : Bachelor of Fine Arts with concentration in Painting,Govt. College of Arts & Crafts, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu.
ONE MAN SHOWS :
2013 – Portraits of Empire, Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad. 2011 – Artexpose – LeMerdian , Coimbatore. 2011 – Vivid Pallete – Kasthuri Srinivasan Gallery, Coimbatore. 2011 – World Photographic Day , Sethuram Art Gallery, Pondicherry.2011 – Out of Space , Sethuram Art Gallery, Pondicherry. 2010 – SOIL – “Yathra” Art Foundation, Auroville, Pondicherry. 2009 – Chennai Sangamam, Studio Pellazzo, Chennai. 2009 – Rural Life, Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad. 2008 – Working Class Peoplpithanga, Auroville, Pondicherry.2007 – Buddha – Vibe, Pondicherry.2006 – Rhytham of Village, Focus Gallery, Chennai.2005 – Expressions Through Colours, Manasthala, Chennai.2003 – Search Through Medium, Kasthuri Srinivasan Gallery ,Coimbatore.2000 – Tree Of Life, Manasthala, Chennai.
GROUP SHOWS :
2014 – Regional Art Exhibition-LalitKala Akademi-Chennai.2014 – The World Watermedia Exposition-Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center,Bangkok,Thailand.2014 – International Watercolor Exhibition-Suzhou Art Museum, China.
2014 – 3rd International watercolor biennal,serbia. 2013 – Ethnic Concurrence Asian Art Gallery Boston, USA .2013 – Shenzhen water color biennal, China. 2013 – India on Canvas – Bluepenny Museum, Mauritius.2012 – Printemps D’Aquarelles, Beligum.2012 – Tamil Aesthetics – Galerie Selective Art,Paris.2012 – Biennal D’Aquarelles – Shanghai,China.2009 – Shrishti Art Gallery, Calicut.2009 – Art Fussion, Nehru Centre, Mumbai.
2008 – Svadam, Auroville, Pondicherry.2006 – Rhytham of Village, Focus Gallery, Chennai.1998 – Thuriga Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore.1997 – Futurist Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore.
PARTICIPATIONS :1998 & 2000 – All India Fine Arts & Crafts society National Exhibition, New Delhi.1997 – South zone cultural centre, Chennai.1997 – Tamil Nadu Oviya Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai.1997 – India Independence Golden Jubilee Show.1995 – South central zone cultural centre in Nagpur.1995 – Govt. Museum, Pudukkottai District, Arts Society, Pudukkottai.
AWARDS :1995 – Best Portrait Award, G.C.A.C, Kumbakonam.
HONOURS :1997 – First Prize of Appreciation Awarded by Tamil Nadu Oviya Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai.1998 – Best Student Scholarship given by Oviya Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai.
COLLECTIONS :In many private collections in India and Abroad.
Human emotions look and feel magical in R Rajkumar Sthabathy’s paintings; no one is impassive and are often seen depicting some form of sentiment. His works narrate the thoughts of people you meet on the street, like the old women selling flowers, auto rickshaw drivers, school children, the milkman or old men sporting turbans and big moustaches. Using primarily water colours he brings out the different expressions, moods and emotions of people. There is a scene, skill and technique throughout his artwork.
“When I paint, I want people to understand and look at the magnitude of emotions that these portraits depict. The wide smile of a street vendor, the lost expression of a priest, the reminiscing face of a woman and the happy laugh of a child. These aren’t just portraits, it a window into the myriad of human emotions. There is a huge tidal wave of change taking place in our society, these people are not a part of it and I see them to be the conservators of our culture. To me, emotions are what make a man human. Lacking that, he is living a lie and not fulfilling his purpose. My paintings show just the tip of the iceberg of an ocean of innumerable emotions.”