Ramesh Gorjala’s paintings remind us of the intertexuality of Indian myths, multiple stories within a tale, many images ensconced within one. Born in 1979, in Kalahasti, Andhra Pradesh to a family of weavers, Ramesh Gorjala learnt the traditional Kalamkari art as a child from his uncle, Balaji Theertham, a national award winning Kalamkari artist. Gorjala’s art reflects the early impressions of being in the midst of an art practiced for generations in his village, where there is a depiction of the mythological characters and stories on textile parchments as well as walls and scrolls. The hues and colours that we find in Gorjala’s paintings is also a testimony to this early influence: earthy reds and greens interspersed with washed browns and sandalwood shades, the combinations are inspired from the Kalamkari traditions.
Gorjala left his training in commerce midway to pursue art, receiving his BFA and MFA degrees in Painting from JNTU, Hyderabad. It is here that Gorjala moves from the use of vegetable dyes to using acrylic as a medium. Post his BFA days, he travelled to Delhi and Bombay, to soak in the art of veterans and also proceeds to train under artists like Fawad Tamkanath and Laxman Aaley. Ramesh Gorjala has on multiple occasions expressed his deep gratitude for the creative guidance of artists like Thotta Vaikuntam and Surya Prakash. Gorjala’s remarkable body of work has won him many awards, including the 2000 Mahatma Gandhi Birth Centenary Memorial Award from the Victoria Technical Institute (V.T.I.), Chennai, and the 2002 State Award from the A.P. Crafts Council.