An award-winning child artist growing up in India, Ramanathan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting with honors in 1993, and a M.B.A in 1997 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Publications of Chitra Ramanathan’s biography and images have been featured in Askart.com, Luxury Real Estate Magazine, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), Who’s Who in America, International Contemporary Artists, Vol 1.a US-Greek Publication, the Indianapolis Business Journal, Indianapolis Monthly Home Magazine, Miami Art Scene Magazine in 2018, and the Art Guide Mag’s Artist Directory in 2020.
Ramanathan’s unique, intuitive style of painting is distinct with her treatment of fresh, bright colors executed with rapid brush strokes. Often combined with varied intricately interwoven textural materials interwoven into the paint rather than mere stand-alone collages, they visually create the aura of extending beyond their two-dimensional surfaces.
Frequently created in expansive scale or as multi-paneled works, the established artist’s ongoing body of work that visually portray the abstract concept of happiness and expression of joy as the theme. They have been frequently displayed in been private as well as public venues including courthouses, hotels, and prominent solo and group exhibitions. Numerous originals have been acquired by private and business clients, auctions.
Site-specific public art projects include among other an installation of a pair of custom-created paintings at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas in 2004
commissioned by MGM Resorts International. Recent projects include a commission request by a private client in Miamisburg, Ohio to create pair of paintings identically measuring 7 feet high by 3.4 feet wide, completed in July 2020. A custom mixed media painting in dimensions of 3 feet high by 5 feet wide was commissioned for a private venue in Boston, Massachusetts in 2018. In 2016, a three-paneled painting was commissioned by the CEO of the Biaggis restaurants in Bloomington, Illinois.
An art educator who has taught courses and workshops in the Painting mediums since 2004, Ramanathan was invited as Visiting Artist by the Head of the Royal Academy of Arts, London UK in 2005. for a visual presentation and student critiques at the Royal Academy of Arts Schools.
© Chitra Ramanathan 2021. All Rights Reserved.