My practice springs out of this shift from a strong rural background to an urban one. Village for me is a unique space holding its own character and strength. These spaces present an impression of an inherent belief in the way they are. Although with more easily available technologies and ever spreading urban boundaries, there has been a gentle merging of the two in recent times. This nevertheless does not deprive the rural from its rural character. One can easily find rural traits in people migrating to cities for various reasons. The way these places are, makes you think in a particular way as and when you find yourself closer to them. This rural character remains intrinsic and contradicts with the urban. My inspiration comes from observing and diagnosing the rural in relation to the urban and vice - versa. The continuous push and pull between the rural and urban makes me wonder. I have been deriving imagery from these seemingly ambiguous notions of the urban and the rural. 

The complexities between the two spaces create a common meeting ground for me to explore through an impression I hold of them. My intention being to translate the ever-evolving image of their convergence. A kind of workable space, where both these worlds come at one place for me. A space to be manipulated and redefined and even fanaticized at the same time. My impressions and insights urge me to approach them in a manner of mark making. These marks further proceed in a representative image of convergence.The images and associative memories coincide with each other to redefine an existing relation or to present a newer contradiction. 

Raju Baraiya Winner EAY 2019

Raju Baraiya

Name : Baraiya Raju Kumar 

Father’s Name : Vaghjibhai Baraiya 

Date Of Birth: 28/9/1988 

Education Details: Post Graduate Diploma in painting from faculty of fine arts, MS university, 

Vadodara ,Gujarat. Completed my diploma in painting from faculty of Fine Arts ,M.S university,Vadodara, Gujarat, 2013. 


2018: PRAFULLA DAHANUKAR, Gujarat State award Maharashtra.

2016: ABIR art ‘First Take’ award.

2015: Nasreen Mohmmadi best display award.

2015: GUJARAT Satate Lalit Kala award.

2014: Ministry of Culture national award.

2014: Camel art foundation award.

2013: Gujarat kalapratisthanAward.

2012: Kalasakshi Trust Award. 


2019 : “Belles Petits choses” Group show Ganges Art gallery in Kolkata.

2019 : “ The BARODA MARCH” Group show The STAINLESS Gallery in Delhi.

2019 : “INTERLUDE-2” Group show in faculty of fine arts Baroda.

2019 : “KEM PAHOCHYA JYA PAHOCHYA-Part-3” Group show, Comnflictorium Museum in Ahmedabad

2018 : “KEM PAHOCHYA JYA PAHOCHYA-Part -1” Group show, Conflictorium, Museum in Ahmedabad .

2018 : “HUB 10- Tale of Two Cties” Group show, Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda.

2018 : “In Between The Conflict” Solo Show, Kala Vithi(Art Gallery),Bagor Ki Haveli, Udaipur.

2018: “NATURE/DELIBERATED” Group show, Art Centrix space Gallery,DELHI.

2018: “IN TER LUDE 1” Group show in faculty of fine arts, BARODA.

2018: “ANTHOGY ON THE ANNEXE” Group show in Ahemdabad NI Gufa, AHEMDABAD

2017: Once Upon A timeIn “Black & White” Group show ,Art Centrix space Gallery, DELHI.

2017: ZOCA zone of contemporary art “EMOTIVE IDIOMS” Grouped  Show in Canoria Art center, Ahemdabad.

2017: “PaPier” Groupe show Roots art gallery in Baroda.

2017: HUB Group show, Faculty of fine art Exhibition Hall 

2016: HUB WAT-R-COLOUR Group show .

2016: Shimeeshah studio Group show in faculty of fine art Exhibition hall .

2015: Group Exhibition ‘STATUETTES & TRINKETS’  At Faculty of fine art MSU.

2015:Group Show ‘Baroda calling’ Gallery Nvya ,Delhi.

2015: Group Exhibition “Emerging Palettes” Shrishti Art Gallery, Hyderabad-33 .

2014: First impression ,group show in godhra.

2014: Vibrant Gujarat, national education summit, group show.

2014: Shimisha ,open studio, group show ,Vadodara.

2013: Shared spaces at faculty of fine arts, ms university, Baroda. 

2013: Gujarat Lalit kala academy group show, Ahemdabad.

2013 : shimisha group show, Vadodara.

2012 : Gujarat Kala Pratishthan, group show, Surat.

2011 : Ongc group show, Vadodara. 


2018: Gujarat Lalit kala academy, painting camp Mount Abu.

2016: Mount Abu painting Camp

2015 : Kala Sakshi Workshop Sanskriti Kendra delhi.

2014 : Kala Sakshi painting workshop.

2014 : Gujarat kalapratishan painting workshop, surat.

2014 : water colour workshop, sagai dam,Vadodara.

2014 : landscape workshop sukhi dam.

2013 : Painting workshop, Saputara.

2012 : Kalashakshi painting workshop Delhi.

2012 : Miniature painting workshop in faculty of fine arts.

2011 : Gujarat lalit kala academy, landscape workshop, Nargol.

2010: Nalanda international school. 

Working space : Baroda.