1975, 1976 Foundation Sir J.J. School of Art Mumbai
1976 - 1978 Diploma in Text. Design Sophia Coll. Mumbai.
Artists Statement: " I prefer to fill my canvases with my love, emotions, and energy so viewers can enjoy it for many years later & also Wish to be remembered as an Artist who always SMILED and I feel "All art is an autobiography in some way. The theme, style, even color can give you a glimpse of the artist."
Her paintings are in the Collections of Many in Canada, the UK, the USA, Britain, New Mexico, Australia, Miami, Pakistan, India.
Myself & Art ~ I love that special moment when you dip a brush into colors and lay it down on the canvas. Shaping colors and creating textures and spaces excites me so much. It's magic coming from so long ago, back to when I received as a gift my first watercolor set.
It was love at first sight. Hence I knew we'll never draw apart. But then, in school, I never felt I would be a Professional Artist.
Since my first attempts, I realized how important painting was to me: it filled my afternoons, after classes, and I could create my own universe with just a glass of water and a brush.
That's that natural way I always tried to approach my artwork.
The result is a relentless search for an expressive method, experimenting with different art techniques and accurately selecting materials that allow my work to be unique, fine, and long-lasting.
Rukshana Hooda is a Semi Abstract Artist with a Foundation degree from Sir J.J. School of Art and was armed with a Diploma in Textile Design from Sophia College, Mumbai. She revisited her core and created Semi-Abstract Paintings which are pertaining to designating a style of painting or sculpture in which the subject remains recognizable although the forms are highly stylized in a manner derived from abstract art.
According to her The biggest challenge, which She finally overcame, was to find her own space and get back to creativity whilst being a full-time homemaker. Also, health was on a decline but was able to overcome all of it and get back to art and art shows, to see every day as a challenge, to heal, to be able to do more and better art, to win awards, to be motivational which she feels is a tremendous BLESSING.
She is a semi-abstract visual artist, following her instincts and creating her own genre in charcoals, texture, and acrylic on canvas.
She believes that art is the communication of knowledge and experiences.
Ruks uses charcoal in her construct as she feels, this is where we all come from and also believes in the adage, ashes to ashes, dust to dust! We will all eventually return to where we have emerged. She is inspired by the five elements of nature, Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Void.
This is further incorporated in all her Art, and it forms the basis of her communication. She says Colors are like the rewards of life that one receives from the universe hence they are always bright and alive for her. Colors also create a sense of positive energy in contrast to the stark charcoal that she uses to form the blueprint of her thoughts, from darkness to light.
She happily embraces all feedback for her work and says she is surprised by the way people interpret her paintings and that keeps her alive and bewildered. For her It’s the journey of evolution and imagination and the opportunity to experience the process of learning and unlearning with which she is blessed, which helps her to create better. She feels her Awards are a sign of being appreciated as an Artist, people do recognize her as a Professional Painter, and feels delighted and blessed with this opportunity in her Life to express herself through Paintings. She says, visiting homes of Families, Friends, Collectors and seeing Her works displayed there is The greatest delight. She says ~ We all aspire for something, if we pursue that with all our devotion and give it time; the universe will conspire and help us create our own legacy. When that happens and the circle is complete, it’s our duty to thank the Universe for its gift.
Ruks says She paints as she believes in Rudyard Kipling's quote, "An ounce of demonstration, is worth a ton of theory."
Lines from an Art Critic Regarding My Paintings: "Her subject is never a story but lyrical and takes you to a world of fantasy which is sublime in nature.
Whilst Viewing My Art-works turn on all your senses and let life make its impact on you."
Your dreams are your paints, the world is your canvas. Believing is the brush that converts your dreams into a masterpiece of reality and that Masterpiece is your Life....!!!!
SOLO EXHIBITION: 7 DAY ART GALLERY, MUMBAI, INDIA ~ 2005.
SOLO EXHIBITION: OASIS ART GALLERY, MUMBAI, INDIA ~JULY 2006.
SOLO EXHIBITION: RONAK ART GALLERY, MUMBAI, INDIA ~ MARCH 2009.
SOLO EXHIBITION: LEELA KEMPINSKI, MUMBAI, INDIA ~ 2010.
SOLO EXHIBITION: OUT OF THE BLUE ART SPACE, LE SUTRA, MUMBAI 23rd Aug-5th Sept. 2010.
SOLO EXHIBITION: KOHINOOR CONTINENTAL ~ 16TH JAN-31st JAN 2011.
SOLO EXHIBITION: Gallerie Leela @ THE LEELA KEMPINSKI, MUMBAI, INDIA ~ 17th Jun – 23rd Jun. 2011.
SOLO EXHIBITION ~ Svenska Hotels, Oshiwara, Mumbai ~ Feb 1st to 29th Feb. 2012.
SOLO EXHIBITION ~ KOHINOOR CONTINENTAL ~ 16th May to 18th June 2012. Andheri-East Mumbai.
SOLO EXHIBITION: Pradarshak Art Gallery, Khar, Mumbai, India ~ 17th Sept to 29th Sept. 2012.
SOLO EXHIBITION: Nehru Centre, Mumbai, India ~ 12th Feb to 18th Feb 2013.
SOLO EXHIBITION: The Oberoi, Trident, Mumbai, India ~ 27thOct to 9th Nov 2014.
SOLO EXHIBITION: Venue: U2 Designer Denim, behind " Jal Darshan ", Perry Cross Road, next to Chimbai Police chowki, near Joggers Park, Bandra ( West ) Mumbai 400050, ONGOING
SOLO EXHIBITION ~ Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai. 25th-26th Nov. 2016.
SOLO EXHIBITION ~ @ The Leela Mumbai bet. 8th-14th Sept. 2017.
SOLO EXHIBITION @ Nehru Centre, Mumbai, India
10th to 16th Sept. 2019
Group Exhibition~ KamalNayanBajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai, India. ~ July 2009.
Group Exhibition ~ The Leela, Mumbai, India, bet 5th Aug -11th Aug. 2011.
Group Exhibition ~ Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, 19th Dec to 27th Dec. 2011.
Group Exhibition ~ Thane Kala Bhavan, Thane West, Mumbai, bet. 26th.Jan - 2nd Feb. 2012.
Group Exhibition: Taj lands end, Bandra 20th April 2012.
Group Exhibition ~ Arctic Vision ~ 16th June - 16th July 2012.
Group Exhibition ~ Cymroza Art gallery, Breach candy, Mumbai 23rd June - 27th Jun 2012
Group Exhibition ~ Free Port Exhibition Center, Mer Rouge, Mauritius, An Art and Culture Exhibition, 7th - 16th Sept. 2012.
Group Exhibition: ARTIC VISION, The Gallery, Off Link Rd, Goregoan West, Mumbai India bet. 18th Oct -2nd Nov. 2012.
Group Exhibition ~ Jawahar Kala Kendra (Jaipur) bet: 19th - 22nd Oct'2012.
Group Exhibition ~ (AIFACS) Gallery, New Delhi Paint for Justice, Delhi 8 nov.-14 Nov 2012.
Group Exhibition ~ “Aroma” ~ COOMARASWAMY HALL, Fort, Mumbai from 12th November to 16th November 2012.
Group Exhibition ~ 27 th Nov.-3rd Dec. 2012 the Indian society of international low (Supreme court) New Delhi Paint for Justice
Group Exhibition ~ “Expressions” @ Artist Centre, Mumbai 25thFeb – 3rd March 2013.
Group Exhibition ~ “Amalgamation” ~ The Viewing Room, Mumbai, bet. 24th May - 29th May 2013.
Group Exhibition ~ IAF ~ Nehru Centre, Mumbai bet 19th – 22nd Dec. 2013.
Group Exhibition ~ ANOKHII at Lalitha Kala Academy; Trichur, Kerala, bet January 14th to 18th, 2014.
Group Exhibition ~ "FRAGONARD" at BalGandharva Rang Mandir
Deccan Gymkhana Jungli Maharaj Road . Pune. from 4 th August 2014 to 6 th August 2014.
Group Exhibition ~ Annual Art Exhibition at Artists' Centre, Ador House, First floor, 6 K, Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400001. from 4th- 16th Aug. '14.
Group Exhibition ~ Annual Art Exhibition of Sir J. J. school of Art at 23rd - 29th Sept. 2014. Venue ~ Deenanath Dalal Art Gallery. Andheri Sports Complex.
Group Exhibition ~ KOHINOOR CONTINENTAL ~ 1st. to 31st Oct.2014. Andheri-East Mumbai.
Group Exhibition ~ Colors of Heritage – 2014 at Greenmark Art Gallery, Vaishali East of Delhi bet. 18th-26th. Oct 2014.
Group Exhibition ~ Anokhii ~ 21st-28th Dec 2014. at State Art Gallery, Madhapur, Hightech City, Hyderabad.
Group Exhibition ~ Reeves ~ Gallery space, Plot no 259-C, Road no. 12, M.L.A Colony, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad,500034 India bet. 28th Mar-15th April 2015.
Group Exhibition ~ "Before and After" At The Art Entrance, Army & Navy bldg. Foyer, 148 M. G. Road, Kalaghoda, Mumbai 40001. bet 28th Mar-3rd April 2015.
Group Exhibition ~ Hotel Hindusthan International, In front of 'Mythh' Restaurant, Ground floor, 235/1 A J C Bose Road, Kolkata - 700 020. bet. 23rd -30th June 2015.
Group Exhibition ~ "SPANDAN International Art & Craft Festival in GOA" bet.Jan. 20th to 24thJan. 2016. @ Entertainment Society Goa, Near Inox, Panjim Goa 403001.
Group Exhibition ~ "SPANDAN International Art & Craft Festival in Mumbai" bet. April. 10th to 14th. 2016.at Coomaraswamy Hall, Kalaghoda, Mumbai 40032.
Group Exhibition ~ 16th All Artist Member's art EXHIBITION@ Artist Center Art Gallery, Adora House. M G road. Kala Ghoda. Mumbai 18th July to 24th July 2016.
SOLO BOOTH @ "Kalaa Spandan National Art Festival" 17th to 20th November 2016, Gr.Fl. Nehru Center, Mumbai.
Group Exhibition ~AT ARTISTS' CENTRE - ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF '' DRAWINGS & SKETCHES COMPETITION - 2017'' - bet. 20th Feb - 26th Feb. @ Ador House, First Floor, 6 K. Dubash Marg, Kal Ghoda, Mumbai, India 400 001.
Group Exhibition ~ The Prestigious Jubilee Arts, The Fine Arts Society, Fine Arts Cultural Centre, Chembur East. and Awarded for The Same for Western Region India. 2018.
Group Exhibition ~ IAF, Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai bet. 15th - 18th Feb. 2018.
Group Exhibition ~ The Prestigious Jubilee Arts, Balgandharva Rang Mandir, 24th and 32nd Road, Church Road, Near to Patwardhan Udyan, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050 27th April 2018.
Group Exhibition ~ "Kalaa Spandan Art Fair" 23rd-26th Nov'18, Gr. Floor, Nehru Centre, Mumbai.
Group Exhibition ~ The Jehangir Art Gallery, Kalaghoda, Mumbai, India bet.16th April -22nd April 2019.
Group Exhibition ~ L.P. Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Sidhivinayak, Prabhadevi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400025. 14th-16th Feb 2020.
Honors & Awards
From Camlin ~ Oct 1972.
From Happy Hours Workshop ~ Oct 2015.
From People's Choice Art Award~ Feb 2016.
From Amazing Artists Quebec, Canada ~ Black and White Painting Award Feb 2016.
From Amazing Artists Quebec, Canada ~ Abstract Painting on Series of India Award Feb 2016.
Award of Excellence From Spandan 2015.
National Award of Excellence For Best Charcoal Artist From Spandan 2016.
Award for Abstract Art From Spandan Enhance Groups 2016.
From People's Choice Art Award ~ May 2016.
From People's Choice Art Award ~ May 2016.
From The Prestigious Jubilee Arts, The Fine Arts Society, Fine Arts Cultural Centre, Chembur East. and Awarded for The Same for Western Region India. 2018.
Award Certificate: Generation Art Foundation.
Collections:~ Her Artworks are now in the Collections of Many in Burnaby, British Columbia, Paris, France, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Menorca, Spain, Cayman Islands, Bristol, UK, USA, Great Britain, New Mexico, Australia, Miami, Constanta, Romania, Russia, Paris, Pakistan, India.
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