Jai Zarotia

Jai Zarotia was born in Delhi in 1945. He is a National Diploma holder in Fine Arts from New Delhi and was associated with various children’s educational projects during 1971 to 1974. He joined the College of Art, New Delhi in 1974 and now heads the Painting Department. A winner of several awards and accolades, Jai Zarotia has exhibited his works in numerous exhibitions across India, Europe and many other parts of the world. 

Jai Zarotia’s works are powerful, highly communicative and mysterious. His paintings are beyond the realms of logic and reason. They have a spirit of freedom, of discovery and exploration. His recent works are a blend of the comprehensible and the hidden. With the idea of duality written allover the, his works operate between what we see and what is hidden, what stands out blatantly and what evades our attention, as well as between the different levels of consciousness. 

Even though a structural divide exists in his paintings, they do not lack any dynamic energy. Zarotia makes sure that they go through a constant reconstruction and reinterpretation within themselves as well as within our minds. In Zarotia’s paintings, we find a series of icons that are drawn from the physical world but which, when interpreted by him, change almost magically into those that represent a world that exists only in the furthest reaches of his imagination.

Zarotia’s ability to leave the commonplace behind and find the unusual is seen in the technique he employs as well. His paper works are mixed media most of the time, combining tempera and pencils with watercolours. His paintings also have almost surreal two-colour backgrounds, and even the play of light and shadow he uses in them is not confined by any physical laws, just like the subject of his works.

Artwork for Sale

Clock
by Jai Zarotia

Size:

40 X 36 inches

Masks
by Jai Zarotia

Size:

44 X 36 inches

Untitled
by Jai Zarotia

Size:

80 X 60 inches

Untitled
by Jai Zarotia

Size:

59 X 43 inches

Untitled
by Jai Zarotia

Size:

43 X 59 inches