Ranjani Shettar

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Ranjani Shettar (born 1977) is an Indian visual artist, who is perhaps best known for her large-scale sculptural installations.[1] She currently lives and works in Karnataka, India.[2]

Early life[edit]

Ranjani Shettar was born in 1977 in Bangalore, India.[2] In 1998, she received her Bachelors in Sculpture from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in Bangalore.[2] In 2000 she received a Masters in Sculpture, also from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat.


Shettar creates sculptural installations that combine elements of nature and industry using a range of materials that include beeswax, sawdust, wood, latex, PVC tubing, silicone rubber, and metal.[3] Known for bringing traditional crafts and practices into her contemporary work, she crafts both natural and industrial materials into multidimensional works that bring forth the metaphysical characteristics of existing within a constantly changing physical environment.

In 2009, Shettar created a group of smaller sculptural works. Bird Song[4] is created from muslin and steel with curving, lyrical lines suggesting feathers and flight. The Bird Song sculptures hang like floating musical notes of a melody and resonate with a transient beauty found in nature. In another work, muslin cloths textured like weather worn skin are stretched into five organic forms, each seemingly compliant to a pull that makes known its delicateness with a gentle opening. Waiting for June is composed of small bake terracotta shells that reveal tender cracks that are suggestive of parched earth, poignant yet beautiful. In Shettar's sculptures and installations, she creates environments that combine the two realms, man and nature, together with graceful and dynamic forms and textures.[5]

Artworks by Ranjani Shettar can be found in a number of leading public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art,[6] San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,[7] Museum of Modern Art,[8] Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art[9] and the Walker Art Center.[10]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

Solo Exhibitions

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • Ranjani Shettar: Between the sky and earth, Talwar Gallery, 2018[35]
  • Ranjani Shettar: Dewdrops and Sunshine,[36] Essay by Alex Baker, National Gallery of Victoria, 2011
  • Epiphanies, Essay by Marta Jakimowicz, Talwar Gallery, 2009
  • Vitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation,[37] Editors of Phaidon Press, 2009
  • Freeing the Line,[38] Marian Goodman Gallery, 2006
  • Transition and Transformation: A. Balasubramaniam and Ranjani Shettar, Essays by Loretta Yarlow and Deepak Talwar, Published by University Gallery, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, 2005


  1. ^ a b "Ranjani Shettar, Varsha", Museum of Modern Art, Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Ranjani Shettar", National Gallery of Victoria, Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  3. ^ Bird Song, by Ranjani Shettar.
  4. ^ Singh, Devika."Ranjani Shettar at Talwar Gallery", Frieze (magazine), Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Ranjani Shettar: Seven ponds and a few raindrops". The Metropolitan Museum of Art, i.e. The Met Museum. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  6. ^ "I am no one to tell you what not to do by Ranjani She"
  7. ^ "Just a bit more by Ranjani Shettar", Museum of Modern Art, Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Sing Along - Ranjani Shettar - Google Arts & Culture". Google Cultural Institute. Retrieved 2018-02-17. 
  9. ^ "Invitations by Ranjani Shettar", Walker Art Center, Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  10. ^ Khoj International, New Delhi, India.
  11. ^ "Indian Spring". talwargallery.com. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  12. ^ "Epiphanies". talwargallery.com. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  13. ^ Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Boston, MA.
  14. ^ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SfMoMA), San Francisco, CA.
  15. ^ "Present Continuous". talwargallery.com. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  16. ^ "High tide for a blue moon", The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Between the sky and earth". talwargallery.com. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  18. ^ "Night skies and daydreams". talwargallery.com. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  19. ^ "Bubble trap and a double bow". talwargallery.com. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  20. ^ "Ranjani Shettar: Seven ponds and a few raindrops". The Metropolitan Museum of Art, i.e. The Met Museum. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  21. ^ Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.
  22. ^ Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK.
  23. ^ Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France.
  24. ^ "Transition" Archived 26 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine., University of Massachusetts.
  25. ^ 9th Lyon Biennial Archived 10 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine., Lyon, France.
  26. ^ Carnegie Museum of Art Archived 28 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine., Pittsburgh, PA.
  27. ^ San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SfMoMA), San Francisco, CA.
  28. ^ Liverpool 10th Biennial, Liverpool, England.
  29. ^ "On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century", Museum of Modern Art, Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  30. ^ "Barely There Part II", Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  31. ^ "Participants in the Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art", Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  32. ^ "Seven Contemporaries", Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  33. ^ Zegher, Catherine de; Shettar, Ranjani; Talwar, Deepak (2018). Ranjani Shettar: Between the sky and earth (1st edition ed.). Talwar Gallery. ISBN 9788193666302. 
  34. ^ Dewdrops and Sunshine Archived 24 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine., National Gallery of Victoria.
  35. ^ Vitamin 3-D: New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation, from the Editors of Phaidon Press.
  36. ^ Freeing the Line Archived 16 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Marian Goodman Gallery.

External links[edit]

  1. The Business Times, Joy of Lacquer, May 2011.
  2. Vogue India, The Homecoming, August 2011.
  3. Art India, Up in the Air, September 2012.
  4. The Wall Street Journal, Ranjani Shettar: Night Skies and Daydreams, August 2014.
  5. Arts Illustrated, Inside Outside, April/May 2015.