A A Raiba
A A Raiba was born in 1922 in Bombay, and enrolled at the Sir J J School of Arts in 1942, studying miniature painting techniques. On the advice of Langhammer, Raiba went to Kashmir between 1957 and 1959, and the valley "informed a substantial part of Raiba's art practice. He drew frequent allusions to humans, animals and folk motifs that he witnessed in the temples of Jammu and Himachal Pradesh. This was the period when he shifted his focus on the imagery of landscapes, nudes and still-life.” (Critical Collective, 9 May 2016, online) He developed an interest in the history of the Konkani community which was once ruled by the Abyssinian Dynasty of Murud and Janjira. Kings were a favourite subject in his art.In 2012, Clark House Initiative organised an exhibition to rekindle an interest in Raiba's work, with an attempt to replicate the international model where artists receive a royalty on the resale of their artwork. The following year, a retrospective of Raiba's work was held at the Sir J J School of Arts. Raiba passed away in Mumbai on 15 April 2016 at the age of 93.
His exhibits with us are two oil on canvases.