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       Born in 1977, Rekha Rana completed her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a specialization in painting from the Faculty of Visual Arts at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, in 1997. She followed this with a Master’s degree in the same, and later went on to pursue a doctorate from the Department of Painting of Banaras Hindu University, graduating in 2009.
       The city of Banaras constitutes an integral influence on Rana’s art. Deeply moved by the traditional and modern coexisting in the same sphere, Rana’s art also combines varying ideas of abstraction and figurative. Deft, strong strokes and shading combined with vibrant colours renders energy to Rana’s art which is imbibed with swift movement. Using recognizable forms and turning to abstraction through them lies at the centre of Rana’s art practice.
       Rekha Rana has had solo shows at the Jahangir art gallery,Mumbai in 2010,museum gallery,mumbai in 2010, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 2004; the Regional Cultural Centre, Varanasi, in 2002; and Hotel Taj Ganges, Varanasi, in 1999. In 2009, her work was included in a joint exhibition at DD Neroy Gallery, Mumbai. Her work has also been part of group shows at coomarswami hall-chhatrapati shivaji vastu sangrahalaya,Mumbai in 2011,the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, in 2009; Art Desh, Mumbai, in 2007; the Lalit Kala Akademi,New Delhi 2004, Kunstation, Kleinsassen, Fulda, Germany in 2001; and the Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow, in 1999 etc. She has participated in the Annual Show at the Artist Centre, Mumbai, in 2009; the ‘Exhibition of Contemporary Art’ at Allahabad National Museum, in 2002; state level exhibition by AIFACS at L.K.A,Lko1996, and the All India Art Exhibition at the Uttar Pradesh State Lalit Kala Akademi in 1995,1996,1997,1998.
       Rana has received several awards including the Uttar Pradesh State Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarship in 2003-04, and a Research Fellowship from Banaras Hindu University in 2000-02. Lalit kala Academi national fellowship 2005-06 from L.K.A.,New Delhi . Three times nominated by the ministry of H.R.D.,gov of india for commonwealth scholarship-u.k and Indo Chinese scholarship for China in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
The artist lives and works in Mumbai.
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