Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was an Indian painter and artist, considered as one of the greatest painters in the history of Indian art.
Ravi Varma is one of the few painters who managed to accomplish a beautiful union of Indian tradition with the techniques of European academic art.
His paintings can be classified into three categories – portraits, portrait-based compositions and theatrical compositions based on myths and legends. It is the third category of paintings for which Raja Ravi Varma is most renowned.
Raja Ravi Varma is known for his amazing paintings, which revolve mainly around the Puranas (ancient mythological stories) and the great Indian epics – Mahabharata and Ramayana.
He is sometimes regarded as the first modern Indian artist due to his ability to reconcile Western aesthetics with Indian iconography.
This is one of the reasons why he is considered as one of the most, if not the most prominent Indian painters.
His paintings are full of color and life, sprung from a world most of us are not familiar with.
Hopefully sharing this beautiful art will change all of that.