“Contemporary visual artist Chitra Ramanathan earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with honors in 1993 and M.B.A in 1997 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois USA. While a student at Illinois, she participated in a study abroad program in Paris, France in 1992, she was influenced by Abstract Expressionism portraying emotions, and the Impressionist Movement, particularly Claude Monet’s Haystack Series. To quote, Art of the Matter, College of Fine + Applied Arts: “Six Questions with Alumna Chitra Ramanathan, published on April 19, 2019: Begin quote: “She sees the marriage of these movements as the backbone of her current work: capturing the fleeting moments of impressionism with happiness as her subject”. End Quote.

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.

Chitra Ramanathan’s ongoing dialogue with her audiences is achieved through treating her canvases to bright colors and intricately interwoven texture materials which are executed with rapid brush strokes. The results exude freshness, and have provided pleasure 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 in all venues including large spaces such as lobby areas of public spaces.

The artist’s working process, including large installations evolves continually with each developing piece being infused with new art materials.The 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 even wood to fashion her ideas. The resultant luminous surfaces are treated with primarily acrylic mediums or mixed media, often dense with collaged imagery and cutting-edge techniques learned through educational avenues such as art conferences. Her experience serving as committee member (Committee for Diversity 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 have been compelling factors.

Her numerous originals have since then been acquired by private collections, businesses, auctions and site-specific public art commission invitations. Some examples of completed public art installations include permanent installation of a pair of 4 feet wide and 6 feet tall signed paintings housed inside the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens – Bellagio Hotel commissioned by MGMResorts International in 2004, a 13.8-foot wide mural created at Crooked Creek Elementary School through a grant by the Washington Township School District of Indianapolis in 2008, several large paintings of varied sizes commissioned by the Arts Council of Indianapolis for installation in Chase Bank Towers, downtown Indianapolis during 2006-2007.

Currently two large-scale paintings displayed at the College of Medicine in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996 are being planned for relocation. 

Chitra Ramanathan is a member of the College Arts Association, New York and Americans for the Arts. She has served in the jury panel for art competitions including the Annual All Florida Juried Arts Show in Stuart, Florida in 2014 the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, South/Central Indiana region for 2012 and 2013.

Professional Artist Residencies in Europe at the Camac Centre D’Art at Marnay sur Seine near Paris, France and the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica at Venice, Italy in recent years have added to fresh inspirations and cutting-edge techniques for her current work.

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.com, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB)International Contemporary Artists, Vol 1. available on Amazon.com, the Indianapolis Business Journal, Luxury Real Estate Magazine, a video interview in 2017 at Boston, MA, USA, latest by the Miami Art Scene Magazine that traces her career in a question and answer interview.

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