Chitra Ramanathan’s paintings arrived on the art scene in 1995 when various art galleries on SoHo, Broadway, New York City invited the artist to exhibit in solo and group exhibitions. Her work was immediately noticed by art critics including Manhattan Arts that praised the works’ unique style and rendering of colors true to Chitra Ramanathan’s roots as a child artist growing up in India.
The exhibits transformed into opportunities as her paintings began featuring on the internet, with numerous originals being acquired by individual and businesses the following years. Since then, there has been no looking back.
Chitra Ramanathan received her Bachelors of FineArts degree, majoring in Painting with honors in 1993 and her M.B.A degree with concentrations in Art Museum Administration and Human Resources in 1997 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. During her student years, the artist spent an extensive period of time studying art in Paris, France. The experience paved the way for her future abstract paintings that compare the emotion of happiness as cyclical and fleeting to ephemeral garden blooms, a concept influenced by the Impressionist Movement particularly Claude Monet’s paintings. Chitra’s ongoing goal and dialogue with her audiences is achieved through treating her canvases to fresh bright colors and intricately interwoven textural materials which are executed intuitively with rapid brush strokes. The results exude freshness, and transmit joy for viewers and owners of her paintings who have deemed them suitable for all venues. Many of her individual paintings are created in expansive scale or as multi-paneled works which makes them attractive for displays even in large venues such as lobby areas of public spaces.
The artist’s working process, often large installations, evolves continually with each developing piece being infused with new art materials, the luminous surfaces treated with primarily acrylic mediums or mixed media, or often dense with collage and imagery, and cutting-edge techniques learned through educational avenues such as art conferences including serving as committee member (Committee for Diveristy Practices, 2007-2010 and Services to Artists, 2003-2006) of the College Arts Association, New York, and professional artist residencies at organizations in France and Italy in recent years.
An art educator as well, Chitra is an active member of Americans for the Arts. In 2005 she was invited by the Head of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, U.K as visiting artist where she presented a talk and visual presentation of her unique body of work, and provided student critiques at the attached Royal Academy Schools.
Chitra Ramanathan’s paintings and biography have been featured in various magazine and book publications including Who’s Who in America, askart, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), International Contemporary Artists, Vol 1. available on Amazon.com, the Indianapolis Business Journal, Luxury Real Estate Magazine and others.
The journey continues.