Artist Statement of Ragunath Venkatraman

A highly accomplished and versatile creative artist and painter with over five decades of proven, rich experience, Ragunath Venkatraman specializes in various facets of oriental art, viz. creative visual interpretations from rare epics from India; and life - like depiction of real Indian nature sceneries, mythological episodes, ancient and modern cultural/historical imagery and the varied and multi-cultural life styles of the region. His expertise spans from exquisite reproduction of architecture, to rare paintings of Indian life in its true to life perspectives.

Born in 1941 into a traditional South Indian family ambience in Pinjai, in Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, he opted for specialist art education and training, after completing his formal academic studies. He underwent rigorous training in the Government Collage of Arts and Crafts in Kumbakonam and was successfully awarded advanced Diploma.

Thanjavur, was and still is the cultural capital of Tamil Nadu, where artistic traditions enjoyed royal patronage. Having grown up in a rich cultural milieu of the times, he has deeply imbibed the intricate nuances of traditional art forms. He has been associated with the art scene, especially in the South and has made rich contributions to leading calendar printing companies, including Prasad Process Ltd., Aaral Graphics, Vadapalani Printers, Sivakasi Art Printers etc., to mention only just a few of the leading Publishing houses.

Ragunath has also contributed some of the highly rated visual images for these Organisations and others. Endowed with high realistic and creative visualization skills he is capable of wonderfully blending the hues and colours to make his oil paintings a visual treat. His art interpretations are well known for rare and fine balance of his pieces of art. His work consists of figurative compositions that explore the several hues of human relationships and emotions.

His Exhibitions have been very favourably reviewed by the erudite Art critics and reviewers in Chennai. His works are reflection of not only the times, but also the mind and heart of the people in the world. His paintings exhibits realistic impressions of beauty, harmony, fine balance, rich colours which are constantly imprinted on his inner vision and emerge as colour forms on canvas. He lives and works in Chennai, Tamil Nadu