Ranbir Kaleka Indian, b. 1953


Ranbir Kaleka is a multi-media artist based in New Delhi. Kaleka was trained at the College of Art, Chandigarh, and the Royal College of Art, London. Initially trained as a painter, his work has increasingly animated two-dimensional canvases within experimental film narrative sequences.


Kaleka has been exhibited in a range of major international gallery and museums. In 2007, Dr. Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, senior Judaica curator, Spertus Museum, Chicago, commissioned Kaleka to make a Holocaust memorial. The site-specific video installation is titled ‘Consider’, an installation consisting of two projections, a painting and an audio narrative of oral testimony from Auschwitz. In 2005, Kaleka showed at the 51st Venice Biennale in the exhibition ‘iCon - India Contemporary’ co-curated by Julie Evans, Gordon Knox and Peter Nagy. In 2002, Kaleka exhibited at the Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria, in the exhibition ‘Kapital and Karma: Recent Positions in Indian Art’. Kaleka was awarded the National Award by the President of India at the 22nd National Exhibition of Art organized by the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1979 in Delhi.


The artist lives and works in New Delhi.

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