Rithika Merchant

Rithika Merchant

India 1986

Fine Art


Rithika Merchant
Rithika Merchant
January 10, 2016
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Rithika Merchant is an Indian artist best known for her drawings that combine craft with mythological associations – exploring the theme of anthropomorphism and personification through her own internal, personal folklore.

Rithika was born in Mumbai, India in 1986. She got her BFA at Parsons the New School for Design, New York. In 2006, Merchant also attended Hellenic International Studies in the Arts in Paros, Greece. For a while Rithika traveled all around the world, visiting such places as Romania, Portugal or the United States.

Luna Tabulatorum

Rithika Merchant - Orbiter, 2015
Rithika Merchant – Orbiter, 2015

All along her artistic career development, she was devoted to the answering the questions about the cyclical idea of human existence. Being born and growing up in India marked her trajectory in a way that the rebirth, reincarnation or karma play pretty important part in her art expression. The curious fact is that she is not religious at all, but being exposed for the long time to many teachings of the Hinduism left a trace in her imagination. The polytheistic culture she was in touch with, opened a door for her to explore some more different pagan religions, which are actually utilizing very similar anthropomorphic imagery, creating so many interpretations of the very nature on its way to explain the history of creation and humanity.

Rithika mostly paints esoteric scenes, depicting the enigmatic nature of the moon, for example,m in her Luna Tabulatorum series. Full of spirituality, occultism, and femininity – her work reveals many layers of reality that holds the feminine body for the empowered source of all transformations in the world of nature.

Origin of Species

Rithika Merchant - Janus from the Origin of Species, 2011
Rithika Merchant – Janus from the Origin of Species, 2011

For her Comparative Mythology series, this artist spent a lot of time researching myths – the way and methods by which they are tied together. On the other hand, for Origin of Species Rithika was simply looking at animals pictures, just for the sake of details and anatomically accurate mannerism.

As for the technique, Rithika prefers working with gouache and ink on paper. She does not create preliminary sketches in order to let her intuitive nature guide her. This artist’s playful but still very precise lines are simply captivating. Her work has been featured on Daily Serving, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Gawker Artists.

This artist is represented by Stephen Romano Gallery.

Rithika Merchant currently resides in Barcelona, Spain.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Language of the Birds: Occult and Art80WSE Gallery, New York. U.S.A.Group
2016Combustion EspontaneaMadrid, SpainSolo
2015Reliquaries: The Remembered SelfTARQ, Mumbai, IndiaDuo
2015Luna TabulatorumStephen Romano Gallery, New York, U.S.A.Solo
2015HieroglyphicaStephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.Group
2015Magica SexualisStephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.Group
2015Opus Hypnagogia: Sacred Spaces of the Visionary and VernacularThe Morbid Anatomy Museum, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.Group
2015Rite of PassageArt*ry Gallery, Fort Kochi, Kerala, IndiaGroup
2015Not Man The Less, But Nature MoreSummerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.Group
2015Metro Curates Art FairThe Metropolitan Pavilion,New York, U.S.A.Group
2015In Missa InterfectionisVernum Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.Group
2014Diplomatic ArtGaleria Calpe Timisoara, RomaniaGroup
2014Abundantia Cornu CopiaeStephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.Group
2014Diplomatic ArtHelios Gallery, Timisoara, RomaniaGroup
2014In Missa InterfectionisStephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.Group
2014Collectiva de Petit FormatGaleria Espai b, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2014Encyclopedia Of The StrangeTiny Griffon Gallery, Nuremberg, GermanySolo
2013MythographyGallery Art & Soul, Mumbai, IndiaSolo
2013India Art FestivalGallery Art & Soul, Mumbai, IndiaGroup
2013Crest of the Strawberry MoonGospel Flat Farm, Bolinas, California, U.S.A.Group
2013Of The HandMadder Moon Gallery, Singapore, SingaporeGroup
2013InventariGaleria Espai b, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2012Xmas 12/ The Big Group ShowGalleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2012O FimEspaço Santo Antonio, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilGroup
2012Sobre El PaperGaleria Espai b, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2012Tristesia Paraphernalia MemorabiliaFundatia Interart Triade, Timisoara, RomaniaGroup
2012Tristesia Paraphernalia MemorabiliaArthouse Wolfsberg/Garana, Garana, RomaniaGroup
2012Collectiva d’EstiuGaleria Espai b, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2012Mitología ComparadaSwab Art Fair (presented by Galeria Espai b), Barcelona, SpainSolo
2011Origin of SpeciesGallery Art & Soul, Mumbai, IndiaSolo
2011Barcelona ShowcaseCasa Batllo, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2011Collectiva NadalGaleria Espai b, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2011Art de Mercat X L XLGaleria Espai b, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2011Exhibition RoomWho Galeria, Lisbon, PortugalGroup
2011Kala Ghoda Arts FestivalMumbai, IndiaGroup
2011SnowballArticule Gallery, Montréal, Québec, CanadaGroup
2010Collectiva NadalGaleria Espai b, Barcelona, SpainGroup
2010De SanguineGuardia Sanframondi, Benevento, ItalyGroup
2010Chic and CheapGalerie Vivell, Liege, BelgiumGroup
2010New Mirror IllustrationWho Galeria, Lisbon, PortugalGroup
2010New Mirror IllustrationMuuda, Porto, PortugalGroup
2009Kala Ghoda Arts FestivalMumbai, IndiaGroup
2009Worlds Within WordsFabrica do Braço de Prata, Lisbon, PortugalSolo
2009Conversations With MyselfPois.Cafe, Lisbon, PortugalSolo
2008Collection of DreamsConvento São Francisco De Mertola, Mertola, PortugalSolo
2008Senior CitizensGallery MC, New York, U.S.A.Group
2008I'll show you mine, if you show me yoursParsons Fine Arts Gallery,New York, U.S.A.Group
2007City Symphonies/Urban Muck ParsonsFine Arts Gallery,New York, U.S.A.Group
2007Mentor/MeteorParsons Fine Arts Gallery, New York, U.S.A.Group
2006HISA Final ShowThe Hellenic International Studies In The Arts; Paros, GreeceGroup
2004The Armature ProjectGrand Central Station, New York, U.S.A.Group