R. M. Singh

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R M Singh
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Mohinder Singh

(1965-05-09) May 9, 1965 (age 54)
Baroli Kalan
EducationGraduation in Fine Art
Alma materGovernment College of Arts, Chandigarh
Known forPortraiture and Sikh Paintings[1]
StyleRealist Art
ElectedSecretary Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi (State Academy of Fine Art, Punjab), 2010[2]

Rahi Mohinder Singh better known as R M Singh, is a Punjabi-speaking Indian painter, illustrator, and teacher. Hailing from the state of Punjab, he has added a profound flavour of that land and its people in his paintings. Sikh history has been his favourite theme. Though he is located in urban or suburb, his painting depict rural Punjab with fields, bullock carts, oxen, water ponds, and traditionally dressed people.[3] He studied under artist Sobha Singh.[4] He has painted many men and women of importance and his portraits have been exhibited the Parliament of India and the President House of India.[5][6]

Early life and education[edit]

Rahi Mohinder Singh started schooling at a government primary school in his native village Bharoli Kalan, distt. Pathankot, Punjab, India. Later, he went to a nearby town Pathankot for high school. He started painting in oil colours when he was in 7th standard. The very first painting, he recalls painting was a landscape on waste piece of plywood tea leave container box. He was introduced to canvas painting, later. In 1983, he got a chance to meet renowned artist Sobha Singh (painter) at Andretta, Himachal Pradesh.[7] R M Singh remained a lifelong follower of Sobha Singh's works.[4] Soon he became a child prodigy known for his art works among local art lover families of Pathankot. He participated in an exhibition, which was organised by a local convent school, where he sold off all his displayed works. For his further studies in art he went to New Delhi but finding the Delhi atmosphere not much to his taste, he returned and tried at Government College of Arts, Chandigarh. He completed his graduation in Fine Arts from this institute.

Works and style[edit]

R M Singh is known for working with a wide spectrum of genres of painting. Painting landscapes is rather easy for him, but, where he finds the actual challenge to his sense of aesthetics and the grip over the medium is the genre of portraiture. He recognize a deeply entrenched realism in himself as he says that the portrait cannot be simply 'like' someone, it should 'be' someone.[8]


In 1994, he was commissioned by the War Museum in Ludhiana to paint portraits of the war heroes of Punjab.[citation needed]

He made 40 portraits of writers and artists of Punjab for Punjab Kala Bhawan, Chandigarh.[citation needed]

At Shabad Parkash Meuseum, Rakba, Ludhiana, Punjab, he painted portraits of the 36 writers of Guru Granth Sahib. He also painted the "Inauguration Ceremony of The Holy Guru Granth Sahib ji" which portrays Baba Buddha ji opening the holy scripture for the public.[citation needed]

Singh has painted portraits of Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir[9][10] and Shivraj Patil. Both portraits are displayed at Lok Sabha Gallery at the Parliament of India. In 2012 and 2016, respectively, he painted portraits of Pratibadevi Singh Patil[11] and Pranab Mukhraji. Both portraits are displayed at the Rashtrapati Bhavan (president's residence) in New Delhi.[12]


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  4. ^ a b "PressReader.com - Connecting People Through News". www.pressreader.com.
  5. ^ "Lok Sabha".
  6. ^ "man who paints presidents".
  7. ^ "The Tribune - Magazine section - Saturday Extra". www.tribuneindia.com.
  8. ^ "the man who paints presidents".
  9. ^ "Poet, Teacher, Leader: Gurmukh Singh Musafir". sikhchic.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-19.
  10. ^ "Giani Gurmukh Singh Musafir - SikhiWiki, free Sikh encyclopedia". www.sikhiwiki.org.
  11. ^ "Master of detail ~ Rahi Mohinder Singh – the artist". 15 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-10-16. Retrieved 2018-10-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)