The artist is known for his paintings of male bodies, both muscular and emaciated, testament to the passage of time. Over the years, Broota has perfected his unique technique, discovered by accident, in which he first applies layers of different coloured paint on the surface followed by a final coat in a dark colour, and then scratches and scrapes away the upper layers of the painting with a sharp knife, to literally unearth his luminous images.Broota has received the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, three times: in 1980, 1981 and 1984. He was also awarded the ‘Kala Vibhushan’ by the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi, in 1997. Broota has exhibited far and wide, his most recent solo shows being ‘Counterparts’ at Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, both in New Delhi, in 2009; ‘Photographs by Rameshwar Broota’ at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, and Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, in 2008; and ‘Archeology of experience’ organized by Vadehra Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi, the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Mumbai, in 2004-05.
Rameshwar Broota lives and works in New Delhi.