Ravinder Reddy was born in Suryapet village, Andhra Pradesh in 1956. He did his B.A. and M.A. in sculpture at M.S. University, Baroda (1975-82), the later period of which saw his body and clothe in impressions influenced by Pop Art and simplified, smoothly bulging shapes of a fluid vegetal, animal and human character playfully suggesting a surge of life forces. These were followed by high relieves and all round sculptures depicting contemporary city girls interpreted in warm humor through allusions to Mathura yakshis. Overly sexual, even challenging and threatening, these modern statues of lust and fertility are loud, perhaps vulgar, yet naively defiant and expectant also of tenderness and reveal raw feelings under a crude, filmy glamour.
There is a deep, physical immediacy in them which conveys emotions and associations of meaning. Reddy’s earlier platters and fiberglass works subdued inner properties of the materials covering them in flat car paint in order to retain only those traits which would emphasize the subjects’ own palpability.
Between 1982 and 84 Reddy studied in London sculpture at Goldsmith College of Art and Ceramics at the Royal College of Art adding terracotta to fiberglass as his steady medium. From 1984 to 90 he was a faculty member, then assistant director of the Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad, eventually moving to teach sculpture at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. By the later’ 80’s he was doing free-standing, oversize heads and relief figures of nude women and lover couples in a gradually varied, steady development from the style which yet more inherently blended an archaic and classic rooted ness with present day sensuous ways on the popular plane. His contemporary nymphs – from coy adolescent girls to sated middle-aged house wives, often gilded or painted in iconic colours like blues, are massive and monumental, but intimately exposed. They look at the viewer directly with their large, open eyes, almost hypnotically. Utterly tactile, fluid and powerfully synthesized, yet with a capacity for delicate, nuances detail or splashed under kitschy, oily pigments and garish ornament, they are also soft, enchanted, pleased and serene. Although presented with a dose of irony and witticism, the aggressive ribald, apparitions exude endurance, love, dreaming and sustenance, perhaps and indistinct sense of being set within social moulds.
Reddy’s solo exhibitions were held at Art Heritage, New Delhi and Bombay 198 1, Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad 1982, Max Muller Bhavan Hydrabad 1989, CCA, New Delhi 1990, Sakshi Madras, Bangalore 1095-96, Sculpture, New Delhi 1995, Traditions/ Tensions, Asia Society, New York 1996. He has received junior and senior fellowship from the Department of Culture, Government of India 1991-93, 1995- 97, LKA awards in Gujrat 1980 and national one 1980, a Sanskriti Award in arts New Delhi 1990.