Ratan Parimoo #Biography
Ratan Parimoo is a modern Indian painter, born in 1936 in the picturesque city of Srinagar, Kashmir. In 1951, at the age of 15 he came to Baroda to gratify his immense passion for fine arts and urging curiosity to explore India and Indian art. Under the guidance of the great Indian painter N.S.Bendre, he completed his bachelor and masters in fine arts from the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda. He thereafter moved to London in 1960 under the commonwealth scholarship received from the British government and there he attained the degree of B.A.Hons, history of arts from the London University. Being completely captivated by the splendor of fine arts, he could not feel satisfied with the acquired knowledge and hence further obtained PhD in art history.
With thorough acquaintance in art history and aesthetics, he started educating as a lecturer and at a later stage as a professor to enlighten the coming generations in the field of fine arts. He also served as Dean for Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda. Simultaneously he got associated as member in various influential organizations like the Central Advisory Board of Museum - Government of India, UGC panel for fine arts and art purchase committee of National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi.
Besides being an admirable modern painter he also has the flair for writing. He has contributed enormously in Indian art history by writing books on various subjects out of which studies on the art of Raja Ravi Varma, Gujarati School and Jain manuscript paintings, chronology and comparative study of the paintings of the three Tagore’s are to name a few. He also provided his understanding to various authors by helping them to edit books on subjects related to Indian art and culture, historical development of contemporary Indian art and many others.
Since 1956 he has held over 10 solo shows and over 20 group shows in Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Baroda, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Srinagar in India and Durham in UK. He has also held retrospective shows in 1972 and 2006 in New Delhi and in 1999 in Mumbai. His works regularly keep on featuring in the auction houses around the globe. His works are part of the several valued private and public collections worldwide. Presently, he is the director of L.D.Museum in Ahmedabad.