Raj More was born on 20th February 1974, Akola (MH) and now lives in Mumbai. He graduates from “Sir J. J School of Art’’ Mumbai 1999 & he has dedicated his life to art and doing Painting in field of Visual Art.
He won the National Award for the 54th National Exhibition of Art organized by Lalit Kala Academy at New Delhi in 2012. He is a Winner of the 2010 Asia Art Award & Excellence prize present by EM Art Gallery & a collaborative venture with the Korean Govt.
Seoul, Korea 2001 Awards of Scholarship for the Young Artist of the year, Ministry of Tourism & Culture, Department of Culture, Govt. Of India.
1999 Prize for Best watercolour, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai.
1996 State Art Award by Maharashtra Government. Dr Manisha Patil curated the show ‘Rethinking the Regional’, a collaborative venture of Shlok( Lokmat group) and NGMA at National Modern Art Gallery Mumbai 2015.
Palette art gallery curated by Rohit Gandhi, New Delhi 2014 Peter Nagy invites for a solo show in his curated show at United Arts Fair edition 2nd, New Delhi 2013. ‘’Art 507’’ show Curated by Mia Jung at Lotte gallery, Seoul.Korea 2012.
His work at Busan International Art fair & ASYAAF International Art Fair Curated by Dain Oh present by Gallery LVS, Seoul.Korea 2012.
United Arts Fair Curated by Johny ML at New Delhi 2012. Johny ML curated SOFA at India Art Festival Fair, Mumbai 2011.
He has done solo shows -‘’ Metropective MH01’’ at Exhibition Hall, Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara curated by Vijay Patel 2012.
’’Urban Acrylics’’ curated by Mr Ebrahim Alkazi at Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi 2012. “B 4 Mumbai’’ at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 2011. International Curator Michal Matej curated a show at Fine Art Gallery, Bratislava.
The Slovak Republic, EU-2010 ‘’Lifeline786 Mumbai’ BMB Art Gallery Mumbai 2008. Salaam Mumbai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 2006. ‘’Pachola’’ at Roof Top Oberoi Gallery present by ING Barings Bank. Mumbai 1999.
He has done the same group show in short– ‘’DIVERGENT HORIZONS’’ Suresh Jayaram curated contemporary Indian art from Regional Centre at Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai 2014.
Hari Somakantam curated a group show at Art Stream Gallery, Singapore 2014. Confluence- BMB Art Gallery Mumbai 2011. ” Dimensions in time & space’ curated by Mr Ebrahim Alkazi at Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi 2010.
‘’Bombay Boys‘’ Gallery Beyond at Indian Habited Centre, New Delhi 2002. Since 1994, Raj More has held several solo & group shows and participated in some of the major exhibitions across the globe.
His works were also featured in international auctions. He gets some national, international Award and the same Scholarship for his works. The Urban city has kept him alive with its fascinating sights & sounds. He chooses urban metros cities as the ultimate destination for his work & loves to explore cities which are very well reflected in his work.
He believes, “ Every Urban City in the world has a soul of its own and it talks to you”, that’s why he always expresses this as the language of his work.
His motivation behind his work the involvement and its circumstances, elements like vehicles, animals and beauties. He takes Bollywood beauties as the subject in his work as a multifaceted part of life.
He mostly takes the Bull symbol to represent the controlling power of a city, exposing a serious gap between the rich and the poor. Yes, he agrees that he capture violence, religion, Bollywood, as these are a part of urban space.
He can’t deny all these things and so it appears in his work. Furthermore, humour is the medium of thought in his work.