Artists > Ratheesh T.

RATHEESH T., Sunny House, 2015, oil on canvas, 60.9 x 60.9 cm / 24 x 24 in


The geographical source of the imagery in Ratheesh's paintings is undoubtedly Kerala, the lush green vegetation of this tropical state of west-coast India, and the dark complexion of its people. A second look reveals that's not what the paintings are really about. Kerala is certainly present here, but the true location of these works is elusive. One would be misled if one were to look out too literally for cartographic pointers.

Ratheesh's whole venture far outstrips notions of genre – it is bigger, broader, inclusive of contemplations that strictly genre works would not be able to accommodate. The sheer excess of fascinating visual material offered us – each detail worked on with incredible enjoyment and control – defeats any simple moralistic interpretation.

Born 1980 in Kerala, India
BFA (Painting) – College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum
Lives in Trivandrum

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2011

    'Green Pond', Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin;  catalogue essay by Gieve Patel

  • 2007
    'Moving Earth', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai; catalogue essay by Gitanjali Dang and interview with Manoj Vyloor

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    DWELLING, 10th Anniversary Show (Part II), curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

  • 2015
    ‘Freude Schoener Goetter Funken – Am Anfang war das Kreuz’, Galerie ABTART, Stuttgart/Germany, curated by Tilman and Gabriele Osterwold 
  • 2014
    5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Museum, Japan
  • 2013
    'Touched by Bhupen', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
  • 2012
    Kochi Muziris Biennale, Durbar Hall, Kochi
  • 2012
    Mumbai Gallery Weekend, Taj Lands End, Mumbai
  • 2011
    ‘India is now...’, Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
  • 2011
    5th Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
  • 2011
    ‘India Inclusive: Contemporary Art from India’, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta
  • 2010
    ‘Open’, Zoya Museum, Slovakia
  • 2008
    ART FORUM Berlin, together with Jyothi Basu and Aji V.N; presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
  • 2008
    ‘Everything’, 12 Artists from India, curated by Bose Krishnamachari for Willem Baars Projects, Westerhuis, Amsterdam
  • 2006
    ‘Min(e)dscapes’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
  • 2005
    ‘KAVA 1’, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, Kerala
  • 2005
    ‘ROSL Arts Scholars Exhibition’, Jerwood Space, London


  • 2004

    Royal Over-Seas League Scholarship for travel to the U.K. and Residency at Hospitalfield House

Public Collections

  • Fukuoka Museum of Art