Ratna Gandhi is a sculptor, art curator and an art instructor based in Vancouver, Canada. She has over two decades of experience of creating varied artworks using different materials – stone, metal, wood, fiberglass, paper mache, ceramics, fabric, plaster and clay.
Ratna completed her Bachelors (in 2000) and Masters (in 2002) in Creative Sculpture from the renowned Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Vadodara, India. In 2001, she was conferred with India’s highest honor for Visual Artists – the prestigious National Award by the Lalit Kala Akademi of Arts (New Delhi). She has been invited to various Indian National and Regional Art camps and has been conferred with National fellowship in the field of Visual Arts by the Government of India. She was awarded the Outstanding Young Indian award for cultural achievements by the Worldwide Federation of Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs. In 2008, she won the Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy Award.
Before migrating to Canada, Ratna was based in India, where she collaborated with prominent National arts and design Institutes as an art instructor. She has extensively collaborated with senior artists of global stature and resident communities to create sculptures in multiple media during art residencies and art workshops. She has also been an active co-curator for theme based art shows across different international platforms.
Ratna has worked with the City of Port Coquitlam (Canada) as an Artist in Residence from October 2020 to March 2021. Her residency public art project involved the local community around the theme ‘Interactions with Nature’. Ratna’s works are now owned by private art collectors in Germany, United States of America, Yugoslavia, Paris, Venice, Singapore, Israel and India.
The art of sculpting is an extension of my everyday life, a quest of delving into the thoughts about existing forms around me and manifesting them through sculptural communication. I sculpt like an insider, privy to everyday reality of human existence, expressing the trials, triumphs, turbulences and joys that define our being. Art, for me, is a means of translating the intangible into tangible, of giving voice to the otherwise subaltern everyday activities that are neither necessarily considered esoteric nor significant. I capture such moments through my sculptures that bridge the gap between reality and representation of the real.