Born in Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh, in 1979, Ramesh Gorjala studied at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in painting. Gorjala works with a delicate and intricate technique, portraying his spiritual view of subjects from Indian mythology through both his imagery and his process. His use of a palette dominated by gold, red and green, creates a rich and natural feel in each of his paintings, the moods that he is able to create add an antiquated yet contemporary dynamic to his work.His subjects include Hanuman, Vishnu and Buddha, they are painted with great sensitivity and attention to detail. Gorjala does not necessarily restrict himself to a single, large protagonist in his pieces. Instead, he integrates subjects, mixing not only one figure, but multiple images unified into a broader character. This is sometimes brought together by fragments of text, usually in the background of his surfaces adding a new dimension to them. Another repeated element in the background of his works is the checkerboard pattern of black and shades of white and grey, adding a novel and modern twist to pieces that have a largely traditional and spiritual feel.

Gorjala’s work has won him various awards, including the 2000 Mahatma Gandhi Birth Centenary Memorial Award from the Victoria Technical Institute (V.T.I.), Chennai, and the 2002 State Award from the A.P. Crafts Council.

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