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October 4, 1928 in Garhwal, India


Diploma in Fine Arts (five years duration) from College of Arts and Crafts, 1954

Positions held

  • Principal, College of Arts, Lucknow University (1973 – 1989)
  • Dean, Faculty Fine Arts, Lucknow University (1968 –1972)

Solo Exhibitions held:

  • 15 in New Delhi
  • 8 in Lucknow
  • 4 in Bombay
  • 2 in Mussoori and Landsdowne
  • 1 in Simla
  • 1 in Jhansi
  • 1 in Kanpur
  • 1 in Allahabad
  • 1 in Chandigarh
  • 1 in Pauri
  • 1 in New York

Group Exhibitions

RS Bisht participated in National Exhibitions and other All India Exhibitions for four decades.

International Level Participation:

  • Miniature 70, International Galleries, Frankfurt, W. Germany (1970)
  • Contemporary Indian Painting, National Museum of Modern Arts, Tokyo, Japan (1970)
  • 11th Sao-Paulo Biennale, Brazil (1971)
  • 4th Triennale – International, India (1972)
  • Third Asian Art Show, Fukuoka, Japan (1989)


  • Padma Awards: Padmashri (1991)
  • Kala Ratan, AIFACS, New Delhi(1991)
  • Fellow of National Lalit Kala Akademi(1988)
  • Fellow of U.P. State Lalit Kala Akademi(1984)
  • UNESCO Fellowship for Visual Arts (1967-68)
  • National Exhibition Award (1965)


  • 'R.S. Bisht In Search of Self' by Ratan Hingorani & N.K. Khanna
  • 'Ranbir Singh Bisht' published by Pustak Kendra, Lucknow (1966)
  • 'Contemporary Indian Art Series' a Monograph by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (1988)
  • 'Kala Trimashika on R. S. Bisht' by U.P. State Kala Akademi


Prof. R. S. Bisht wrote many articles for leading national journals and dailies.


Prof. R. S. Bisht was a member of many State and All India Level Cultural and Academic Committees and Organisations.


His artwork is on display in many private and public collections all over the world, including many galleries and museums.