Chitra Ramanathan

Chitra Ramanathan

Constructions/Collage - Mixed Media - Murals - Painting - Printmaking - Visual Arts - Visual Arts Instructor - Public Art


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Chitra Ramanathan is a contemporary Indian American visual artist and art educator. Her distinguished, predominantly large-scale abstract conceptual mixed media and acrylic paintings are in corporate and private collections as acquisitions, and featured as site-specific public art installations including murals.

Combining intense colors with layers of varied textural materials often incorporated into the paint, each of the artist’s unique originals interact with light as to visually and physically extend the boundaries of the two-dimensional surface. Inspired by intensely colorful, yet ephemeral garden blooms and changing seasons inspire the e artist to visually portray happiness, comparing both fleeting and cyclical. The hint of circles almost always present in her paintings signify the cycle of nature.

Chitra Ramanathan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1993, majoring in Painting with honors, and her M.B.A in 1997 with concentrations in Human Resources and Art Museum Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Following her B.F.A degree, her paintings were recognized by art critics through exhibitions on Broadway, New York, with numerous originals acquired within the U.S and abroad and site-specific public art commissions based on her style and concept.

Interviews with the artist by eclectic publications with biography and images have been featured in various magazine and book publications include Who’s Who in America,, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), International Contemporary Artists, Vol 1. available on, the Indianapolis Business Journal, Indianapolis Monthly Home, Luxury Real Estate Magazine among others.

Chitra Ramanathan is a Visitor Artist invitee to the Royal Academy of Arts, London U.K, requested by the Keeper of the Royal Academy Schools for a visual presentation of her body of work, artist talk, tour completed along with conducting student tutorials in 2005.