Rekha Rodwittiya has established a strong, politically vigilant feminist practice that sanctioned her representation of the female figure in a non-voyeuristic manner. The female figures in her work from the 1980s and early 1990s were often tormented and anguished, negotiating antagonistic surroundings. In her later works, however, she celebrated the female form by presenting it in domestic, intimate situations, very often omitting masculine figures and almost always soaked in bright, bold tones.
Rodwittiya primarily expresses herself in the medium of painting, but her vast oeuvre also includes digital works and sculptural installations. Her works draw from her personal beliefs, values, thoughts, emotions and past experiences to portray the complexities of life that emphasize issues of love, life, alienation, discrimination and acceptance. It is her belief that life and art are inseparable as she notes, “I go through all the terror and agony of stepping into an.unknown."
Rekha Rodwittiya was born in Bangalore in 1958. She specialized in painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda in 1981, and completed her M.A. in painting with an Inlaks Scholarship from the Royal College of Art, London in 1984. Her debut solo in 1982 in Baroda has been followed by over thirty-five one-man shows across various locations including New York, London, Venice, Stockholm, Singapore, New Delhi and Mumbai. Rodwittiya has travelled widely and lectured on contemporary Indian art for several fellowships and artist residencies in Sweden, France, USA and UK. Her works are in a number of private and public collections in India, UK, USA, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Rodwittiya lives and works in Baroda.