Indian Artist Tiku Rajendar

4 04 2011

Rajendar Tiku is an Indian Artist currently living and working in Kashmir. In 1978, he received a Bachelor’s degree in Science and Law from Kashmir University, and completed a five-year training in Sculpture from the Institute of Music and Fine Arts in Srinagar. He specialises in sculpture. Rajendar’s works have been exhibited all over the world for many years. Recent exhibitions include:

Selected Exhibitions

2008
Metaphors in Matter Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India

2006
Bronze Lalit kala Akademi organized by Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India

2003
Sculpted Images India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

Rajendar has received Awards and Recognitions, including:

Awards

  • The National Award for Sculpture
  • 8th triennale-India (International) award for sculpture
  • Senior Fellowship of The Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Govt. of India
  • Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant

Roobina Karode wrote about Rejendar in a catalogue essay; an excerpt:

In all the tall claims of heroism manifested in its current gigantism, the danger that art faces most today is of being drowned out by the talk and noise of it. And that art has thrived as meditative presences in silent corners of the house, backyard or in open fields is treated perhaps as history.

Often in the present times, Art is aligned to an aesthetic that overwhelms, petrifies and possesses the human psyche in most haunting ways. But for Rajendar Tiku, his sculpture, must hold its dignity in silence and communicate through even a whisper.

One is moved by the intimacy of his perception that makes the intangible and meditative moments of the everyday visible in the most poignant fragments of his modest-sized creations. Without any figure released from the stone or the block of wood, one confronts the presence of human life in oblique and symbolic ways.

In configuring his ‘part-bone, part-flesh’ assembly of materials via unusual juxtapositions, the working methodology alters between carving, rupturing and suturing, ultimately threading and tying the disparate and disjointed parts to conjoin and coexist. Most importantly, Tiku’s poetic sensibility sublimates reactions to situations of protest, disquiet and vulnerability into an inspiring resilience. Transcending the limits of a specific address and meaning, Tiku’s art gathers the scattered pieces of life and strives to hold them together. What can be more urgent than this in a disintegrating world?

Please enjoy images of Rajendar Tiku’s works!

"The Site -  X", dever stone, variable dimensions, 2007

"The Site - X", dever stone, variable dimensions, 2007

"The Relic", bronze, 16 x 10 x 9 in, 2006

"The Relic", bronze, 16 x 10 x 9 in, 2006

"Hearth Back Home", bronze, 16 x 11 x 13 in, 2008

"Hearth Back Home", bronze, 16 x 11 x 13 in, 2008

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