Bio Of Rooma Mehra
Awarded Government of India’s Merit Scholarship.
Awarded by the USIS.
Topped in the Mittelstufe-I Examination conducted by the Max Mueller Bhawan in German Language.
Awarded by the Goethe-Institut, Munich.
Awarded at the Shankar’s International Painting Competition at age 13.
Worked at the Lalit Kala Akademi's GARHI studios for over a decade.
SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
Scholarship for studying Fine Arts at the Art Students League of New York, U.S.A., 1986.
Included in the International 'Who's Who of Professional Women by American Biographical Institure', North Carolina, U.S.A., 2000.
Artist of the Month Award from www.digitalconsciousness.com in May, 2005.
Woman of the Year 2006 by American Biographical Institute.
Included in Golden Treasury of Indo-Anglican Poetry, and Indo-Anglian Literature’s “Who's Who” published by Sahitya Akademi.
Included in the Indo-American Who's Who in 2006.
First solo show at AIFACS, New Delhi, 1982 (Paintings).
Same Exhibition sponsored by the Indo-Soviet Cultural Society (1982).
Third solo show of Paintings and Sculptures at Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi, 1985.
Fourth solo exhibition of Paintings, Reliefs and Sculptures at Shridharani Gallery, 1989.
Vadehra Art Gallery, 1989 (their inaugural show).
Educational show, Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, 1989.
Exhibition of Watercolours sponsored by Gallery 42 in 1992.
"In Search of Peace"- Exhibition of Paintings and Mixed Medias, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2002.
Exhibition at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, organized by Aakar, 2003.
Sponsored Exhibition at the India Habitat Centre, Open Palm Court, New Delhi, 2005.
Sponsored Exhibition of Sahitya Kala Parishad, Gallery Greenwood & Wisdom Society of Creative Arts at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 2006.
Garhi Artists Community for Kargil Martyrs at Lalit Kala Akademi Galleries, 1999.
"The Feminine Perception"- Exhibition of Paintings by three Women Artists, Gallerie Petite,1995.
Dhoomi Mal Art Centre, 1996.
AIFACS Annual 1996, AIFACS Mini Sculpture Exibition, 1996.
Sahitya Kala Parishad Annual Exhibitions 1981, 1983, 1985,
Sahitya Kala Parishad, 1994.
Dhoomimal Art Gallery – Ravi Jain Memorial, 1992.
1st All India Mini Sculpture Exhibition, 1992.
AIFACS Annuals 1987, 1988 (Diamond Jubilee Exhibition), 1990 etc.
All India Women’s Art Exhibition, 1987.
Dhoomimal Sculpture Festival, 1990 to 1994.
Artists of Fame and Promise – Living Art"- co – sponsored by Studio one and AIFACS, 1991.
Inter-State Exchange of Art (SKP), 1984, 1985.
Welcomgroup Art Auction for Drought Relief at the Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi, 1986.
International Women’s Art Exhibition AIFACS, 1988.
National Exhibition 1990 (Lalit Kala Akademi) New Delhi, 1990.
Bharat Bhavan Biennial of Contemporary Indian Art, 1990.
Exhibition of Indian Artists organised by the Indian Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1984
Works displayed in Copenhagen Town Hall, Denmark.
Invited to participate in " A View of the New " a Commonwealth and U.K.
Contemporaries Art Show by the Royal Overseas League, 1990.
Private showings and sale of paintings during travel to Austria, Denmark, Austria and Switzerland, 1984.
INDIVIDUAL COLLECTIONS IN INDIA
Secretary, Indian Council of Cultural Research (ICCR) during first exhibition in 1982
Embassy of Spain,
Embassy of Switzerland,
Studio one collection
Indian Ambassador to Denmark etc.
Collection of ARTE ANTICA, Canada, 2002
Paintings and Sculptures in individual Collections in Switzerland, U.S.A. Denmark, Austria. Spain and Japan
OTHERS (Voluntary Work)
Taught visually challenged students of the Blind Relief Association
Worked with the SOS Childrens Villages of India (Christian Childrens Fund)
EXCERPTS FROM ART REVIEWS AND WRITE-UPS BY ART CRITICS
Things that fade, that cannot easily be caught and pinned down are Mehra’s concern, as of any devoted artist who knows that to seek is all.
- Keshav Malik in THE TIMES OF INDIA
There must be something common between painting, sculpture, poetry and music, so many painters write poetry, so many poets can also play some musical instrument or the other or sing.
One of them is Rooma Mehra.
- Khushwant Singh in his MALICE column on Rooma Mehra in THE HINDUSTAN TIMES.
Rooma’s works reveal the products of a mind which in its ultimate imaginative reach is capable of finding itself wherever it looks even though it marks within, its own divisive strengths.There is a sense of visual victory, as one perceives these works.
Rooma’s is a fertile mind rich in the aspects of intricately and exquisitely enriched cognitive details. Rooma’s works invite an inexorable condition in which the intricacies are not to be revealed in the experience of the condition. It’s quality is felt in the richness of the ambient which engages the imagination with a wide range of tactile visual incident. Rooma’s paintings evoke a splendor that must have existed below the thin white sheen of the canvas she touched. In the stillness of all else around you listen to these paintings – as they weave their way through the crest of melody. For Rooma perhaps it is the inevitable that colour should be used with a fervent relish. In her deliberation to personalize or depersonalize she has also set a stage for a creative art.
-"ROOMA’S RESONANCE’ BY UMA NAIR
Rooma's Art is revolutionising in the sense that it emphasizes more on the happening. She touches the very core of personalities through her tantalizing and balanced shades.
- "A HAPPY BLEND OF WATERCOLOURS" by Vijay Bhushan
Rooma Mehra is a young artist who combines in her person both poetry and painting. It is a rare combination, but a strong one. What is significant is that she makes effective statements both literally as well as visually.
Rooma’s works with a sure hand and a lot of thinking goes into her work. That is why she knows what she is doing and what exactly she wants from the medium. It will be interesting to watch her next stage in both painting and in poetry. For she is a progressive artist and poet.
-"WITH A SURE HAND" by R.S.Yadav
Within the tradition of a synthesis of art forms and artists is an increasingly popular artist, Rooma Mehra. A self-taught painter and a poetess of repute, her watercolours are currently on display.
Rooma has chosen to work within the paradigm of the universal shunning the obvious "Indian" imagery.
- "NOT OF IMAGERY ALONE’ by Seema Bawa in THE PIONEER
Her strength lies in her sensitive faces as well as in her use of colours. Mehra has made skillful use of the medium of watercolours, exploiting both its dreamy, vapour-like quality as well as its rich colours and hues.
-"SERENE DREAMSCAPES’ by Bharati Chaturvedi in the INDIAN EXPRESS
Rooma belongs to the new generation and as her duty demand, she has a record to show a total involvement with her subject. She is an artist who finds her platform step by step. Her growth in the field has been evident for a strong work base
- "GLIMPSE OF PRESENT-DAY OBJETS D’ART’ from the Art Review of THE NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF ART
The familiar idiom of brush and colour, used to express familiar emotions, but the style in which Rooma Mehra expresses them truly distinguishes them.
- RATNOTTAMA SENGUPTA in THE TIMES OF INDIA
If the viewer goes through the paintings of Rooma Mehra, he will find a tragic sense of life deeply etched in the background of every painting. Looking at her paintings, no one would doubt the reality of the disquiet in her soul.
-"PAINTER’S DISQUIET IN SOUL’ in THE INDIAN EXPRESS
After seeing her paintings, the predominant feeling that one has is that she is in search of an incomprehensible and invisible truth – a longing for which is reflected in all her paintings.
- "ROOMA MEHRA’S WORLD OF ART’ IN NAVBHARAT TIMES
As a poetess and composer of many published pieces, Rooma views painting as having strong affinity with poetry. one expresses in the unsaid manner and the other in the said word.
- "FULFILLING A NEED’ in THE HINDUSTAN TIMES
Rooma Mehra’s multi-faceted personality cast a woman in bronze entitled "Prayer" to remind the sacrifices made by the martyrs. Conglomeration of forms, and rough textures are found so often in the art of Rooma.
-in TRIBUTE TO MARTYRS’ by VIJAY BHUSHAN Commenting on an exhibition organized by GARHI ARTISTS COMMUNITY FOR KARGIL MARTYRS at Lalit Kala Akademi
A very intense but muted angst permeates the Shridharani Gallery - a feeling of trauma and suffering runs through Mehra's work.
- "COMMENDABLE" by the Art Critic, THE HINDU
Rooma Mehra's has been an aware and active participation in Contemporary Art for the past few years.
-"THE COMPLETENESS OF THE WOMAN" in Dainik Jaagran