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. Many of her paintings are created in expansive scale, or as multi-paneled works. With the abstract concept of happiness and expression of joy as the theme of her ongoing body of work her work has attracted displays in both private and public venues including courthouses, hotels, and prominent solo and group exhibitions.
An award-winning child artist growing up in India, 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. Her numerous originals have been acquired by private and business clients, auctions, and site-specific public art commissions including an installation of a pair of custom-created paintings at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas in 2004 invited by MGM Resorts International.
Recent private commissions include a recently completed commission request by a private client in Dayton area, Ohio to create pair of paintings identically measuring 7 feet high by 3.4 feet wide that was completed in July 2020. In 2016, a three-paneled painting was commissioned by the CEO of Biaggis chain of restaurants in Bloomington, Illinois, and a 5 feet wide X 3 feet high created for a private client in Boston, MA in 2018.
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., the Indianapolis Business Journal, Indianapolis Monthly Home Magazine, Miami Art Scene Magazine in 2018, and the Art Guide Mag’s Artist Directory in 2020.
In recognition of her experience, 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
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