Represented by the O Gallery | United States Modern Art | Abstract Art | Atlanta area, Georgia USA
Chitra Ramanathan earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting with honors in 1993 and M.B.A in 1997 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While studying art in Paris, France during her student years, she was influenced by the Impressionist Movement, particularly Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France where she spent extended time. Extended visits in recent years both during a professional artist residency in Marnay, Giverny, and Paris, France, completing a professional artist residency program at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy and memberships to professional art organizations such as the College Art Association, New York shape her ongoing art making experience with fresh inspirations and cutting-edge techniques for her current work.
The artist’s career debuted in 1994 through a solo exhibition at the ARC Gallery/Educational Foundation in Chicago, Illinois shortly after completing her Bachelors degree. In 1995 different galleries on SoHo, Broadway, New York City hosted solo and group exhibitions of her acrylic and mixed media paintings, attracting notice by art critics including Manhattan Arts Magazine. Her numerous originals have since then been acquired by private collections, businesses, auctions and site-specific public art commission invitations.
Ramanathan's intuitive style involves treating her canvases to fresh, bright colors executed with rapid brush strokes, combined with varied intricately interwoven textural materials that extend the quality of extending the two-dimensional surface. Many of her paintings are created in expansive scale or as multi-paneled works which makes them attractive for displays in public spaces. She regularly employs various materials including fibers, found objects, plastics and wood to create on her ideas.
Simultaneously an art educator, Chitra Ramanathan's academic milestones include an international Visitor Artist invitation by the Keeper of the Royal Academy of Arts, London UK for a visual presentation and conducting student critiques at the Royal Academy of Arts Schools in 2005.