Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
RATHEESH T., Invisible Caterpillars, 2019, oil on canvas
RATHEESH T., Invisible Caterpillars, 2019, oil on canvas, 182.8 x 243.8 cm / 72 x 96 in


Ratheesh T. is considered to be one of India’s most gifted painters. Born in 1980 in Kilimanoor, a small southern village situated in a dense forest, he moved to the city of Trivandrum to study art, and now maintains studios in both places. 

Placing his family and himself in monumental, meticulously crafted paintings, Ratheesh foregrounds situations and moments that are intensely personal and moving. His works demonstrate an intense attentiveness toward the specificities of costume, expression, gesture and attitude, the potency of his vision made visible through his precise and humorous handling of his subject. Ratheesh's commitment to particularity enables him to resist the temptation to reduce the diverse parts of a painting to the homogeneity of a recognisable artistic écriture. No two surfaces are exactly identical in terms of texture and glow, smoothness or granularity. Nor is there anything random about this artist’s compositions, wherein each area is individually and thoughtfully rendered. Disquieting in their allusions, his paintings are part of an ongoing interrogation of Self, Family and Nation.

(Partly excerpted from the essay “Between The Riddle and The Exclamation — Recent Paintings by Ratheesh T.” by Ranjit Hoskote, 2018)

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

Solo Exhibitions

2020  India Art Fair, New Delhi. Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
2018  'Ratheesh T. – Recent Paintings', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai 
2011  'Green Pond', catalogue essay by Gieve Patel, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin
2007  'Moving Earth', catalogue essay by Gitanjali Dang and interview with Manoj Vyloor, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019   India Art Fair, presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, New Delhi
2018   Nine Painters from Kerala, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
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', curated by Tilman and Gabriele Osterwold, Galerie ABTART, Stuttgart, Germany
2014   5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
2013   'Touched by Bhupen', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2012   First Edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, curated by Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, Durbar Hall, Kochi
2011   'India is now...', Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
2011   'India Inclusive: Contemporary Art from India', curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
2011   5th Anniversary Exhibition, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
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 

Public Collections
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan 
Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC, USA 
Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, India 



India Art Fair 2020, New Delhi

January 30, 2020 - February 02, 2020

Ratheesh T. – Recent Paintings

September 05, 2018 - November 20, 2018

Ratheesh T – Green Pond

April 29, 2011 - May 31, 2011

Ratheesh T. – Moving Earth

December 04, 2007 - January 05, 2008


Where I Work

by India Art Fair Editors, India Art Fair Newsletter