Rekha Rodwittiya was born in Bangalore in 1958. She studied B.A. (painting) in 1981 at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda and at the Royal College of Art, London (MA 1984, on the Inlaks Scholarship). Her work has been included in several group exhibitions in India and Abroad, including the VI International Triennial, New Delhi (1986), India in Switzerland: Six Young Contemporaries, Geneva (1987) and Inside Out: Women Artists of India, touring exhibition in the UK (1995-96).
The representation of the female figure has been a paramount concern for her, even as it has been significant for several feminist artists. Her early years at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda laid the foundations of what now stands as a politically alert feminist practice of painting. Recent years have seen, she exploring archetypal figuration of the female form in a celebratory mode. The disappearance of the male figure from her work is not so much a measure of exclusion as it is a positive assertion monumentalized figure of the female protagonist.
Honours and Awards
1994 Junior Fellowship, Ministry of Culture and Human Resources, Government of India
1990 Conferred The Staff Fellowship From The Rockefeller Foundation Asian Cultural Council to Work in the U.S.
1988-89 Invited Faculty and Artist - in - Residence, The Konsthogskolan Art College, by invitation from Svenska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
1984 Unilever Painting Award, Royal College of Art, London
1982 Inlaks Scholarship for her M.A. in Painting from Royal College of Art, London
Rekha Rodwittiya lives and works in Baroda.