Raju Baraiya was awarded the title of ‘Glenfiddich Artist in Residence’ in 2019 and this earned him a three-month global artistic residency at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Scotland. His show âSocial Gatheringâ presents works created by him during and after his residency.
Based in Baroda, Raju Baraiya’s works of art stem from this shift from a strong rural to an urban setting. Villages are unique spaces that retain their intrinsic character. These spaces demonstrate an inherent belief in ‘what they are’ in ‘the way they are’. Although with readily available technologies and ever-expanding urban boundaries, there has been a gentle amalgamation of the two for the sake of communication and advancement. However, this does not deprive the rural of its rural character. His inspiration comes from observation, from the correlation between the rural, the urban and vice versa. The constant back and forth between rural and urban amazes her and sets off her visual intrigue.
Raju Baraiya presents his solo exhibition entitled âSocial Gatheringâ at Gallery Art District XIII, F213A, Lado Sarai, New Delhi and will be held until October 17, 2021.
Raju Baraiya was born in a village called Jafravad in the Amreli district of the Saurashtra region of Gujarat. He has been interested in painting since childhood. He says, âI studied at Parekh Mehta High School in 2006 in my village. After my schooling, I did a year of license in KD Barot collage in Mandvi in ââ2008. I belong to the farmer’s family and my father and my mother worked in a salt company in Jafravad. After a year of graduation, a relative of mine helped me and I was admitted to MS University in Baroda. I am 33 years old and I currently work and live in Barod. ”
After graduating in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of MS University of Baroda, Vadodara in 2013. He obtained his postgraduate diploma in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts of MS University of Baroda, Vadodara in 2015.
He got a globally recognized initiative, Glenfiddich Artists in Residence, which was launched in 2002. He said: âThis provides a unique and inspired platform for artists around the world to showcase their talent and gain international recognition. . 2019, when I had the chance to participate in this program and won the âEmerging Artist of the Year 2019â award. The Glenfiddich Artists in Residence opened up a whole new realm of possibilities and broadened my artistic horizon. During my three month residency I got a chance to experiment with my art and was closely mentored by Andy Fairgrieve, the curator of the Glenfiddich Artists in Residence program. I also had the opportunity to chat with artists from different countries and exchange creative ideas. I am grateful to Glenfiddich for giving me this life changing opportunity. ”
As we all know at the time of the pandemic, it was very difficult to deal with everyone in the world. As an artist, I spent more time with my work in the room and the studio. Corona’s time brings a new change in the art world. After this corona virus, we spend more time with the family. I think it’s the right time to live with nature.
Regarding his personal exhibition âSocial Gatheringâ, he says: âMy exhibition of works of art that play with the idea of ââmasking and social distancing, with a mixed media on paper entitledâ Remember my childhood â drawing parallels between imagery of circles in a hopscotch game and those drawn in chalk that provide social distancing in public spaces now. There are also acrylic paintings titled “Evening Tune” and “A Season of Plastic” which use the Indian human body motif to transfer onto describe what an everyday scene would look like in a rural or semi-urban town. ”
About his inspiration, he says: âMy artistic practice stems from this transition from a strong rural environment to an urban environment. Villages are for me unique spaces that retain their intrinsic character. “like they are”. Although with readily available technologies and ever-expanding urban boundaries, there has been a gentle amalgamation of the two for the sake of communication and advancement. This does not, however, deprive the rural of its rural character. One can easily find rural traits in people who migrate to cities for various reasons. This rural character remains intrinsic and contradicts the urban. My inspiration comes from observation, from the correlation between the rural, the urban and vice versa.
Raju adds: âI find my effort to situate myself in my paintings as a very synonymous act. There is a constant struggle to redefine and relocate the ego in painting through superimposed marks, gestures and images. he would like to continue his artistic practice in the future, and explore his works more in the world.