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City painter’s art goes global

Sumit Bhattacharjee

His painting will be on display at the Olympic Fine Art Exhibition

Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Riot of colour: K. Ravi with his painting, which was selected for the expo in Beijing. —

VISAKHAPATNAM: Painter K. Ravi has once again done the city proud. His painting ‘Indian woman’ has been selected for display at the Olympic Fine Arts –2008 Exhibition, to be held at Beijing from August. The event is being jointly organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Chinese Olympic Committee (COC).

The organisers had invited over 80 well-known artists from across the globe to display their works, and Ravi’s painting was selected after a couple of hard rounds of selection process. The artworks of the selected artists will feature during the inauguration ceremony of the Olympic Games on August 8, and will be kept on display at various stadiums during the two-month long games.

Earlier, two of his paintings were selected and exhibited at the Master Cup International Cartoon and Illustration Biennial Exhibition, Beijing, and they received a special jury prize from the Master Illustrator’s Federation. The organisers received 2,355 works from painters across 76 countries and he was the only Indian who not only received an award but his works also featured in the catalogue.

A graduate of Andhra University Fine Arts Department, Ravi completed his post-graduation from Visva Bharathi University, Santiniketan. Human figure, especially the feminine form, has been his recurring motif and the traces of traditional form of ‘Madhubani’ paintings can be seen in his works.

“For the Olympic Fine Arts Exhibition, I was invited to send two of my works and one got selected. It is indeed an honour to get selected and be invited as an official guest of the Olympic committees for the opening ceremony of the games,” says the struggling painter. Despite a difficult existence, the painter has not quit his passion, with the hope of seeing light on the other side of the tunnel some day.

The IOC and COC will be bearing the expenses of all his travel and ten-day stay in Beijing.

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