Professor Rajesh Naidu is an artist and educator. Through representational painting, aided by his affinity for art history studies, he seeks a balance between contextual underscores and painterly aspects. His art is derived from observation of people, places, and sometimes commonplace objects. He has exhibited in multiple juried, group and solo shows. As a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Indiana, USA), he conducted Painting, Art History, and Art Appreciation courses. He was also the Artist-in-Residence at the Institute. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts/Painting from the Indiana State University, during which he was an Instructor for Beginning and Intermediate Level Drawing courses, and held a Graduate Assistantship scholarship. He began his academic career with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from the Savitribai Phule Pune University, following which he worked in the construction industry for some time.
Professor Rajesh Naidu has been appointed to the School of Arts and Sciences in the division of Performing and Visual Arts, where he teaches courses in painting and in the history of the visual arts. These courses are open to all Ahmedabad University students. He aims to bring the benefits of observational drawing and painting into many parts of the campus, including the engineering and life sciences labs.