Completed Applied Art (1973 – 1978)
from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai,
Started painting in the year 1998
– Written by Jaishree – 04/03/13
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
Graphic artist and a sensitive painter, Uma studied Applied Art at Sophia College Polytechnic in Mumbai. Formal education only provides an understanding of medium and technique. The rest is left to the artist to explore and discover, which is just what Uma did. In 1998, she started painting seriously, slowly moving from being a Sunday painter to a more focused artist, inspired by everything around her even her dreams.
Uma started painting as a means of self-expression, making the transition overnight, from applied art to fine art. Painting slowly developed into a regular feature in her life and soon she was doing still life, investing in canvas and oil colors, blissfully happy, as canvasses started to pile up. They became answers to problems at work, life and on the personal front.
Uma’s doodles, sketches and paintings are about her experiences in life. Some of her subjects are elements of nature, the sea, relationships like parent and child, the human figure, self-portraits. She started as a realist, expressionist painter. Slowly, her style became more and more surreal, her subject became philosophical and spiritual. Paintings that followed showed war, the human soul; canvasses became larger.
As an experiment, she even got a couple of child dancers, perform classical dance on canvass with their feet soaked in paint. The figures that seemed to be dancing and disappearing looked liked illusions that were visible for a moment, disappearing in the next. Her paintings hold different interpretations for every viewer and many have identified themselves in her art. She awakens the subconscious of the viewer of her art. Though personal and deep, Uma’s paintings ‘speak’ to the viewer, thus crossing the line from personal to universal.
Date of Birth : Dec. 1955
London – The Nehru Centre, High Commission of India – July 2nd – 6th, 2018
I was Invited to Exhibit here. Exhibition title – “Silence Speaks”.
Canada – Scarborough Arts, Cedar Ridge Gallery – December 2nd -18th 2017
Juried show titled “Something Different & the Big Art Book”.
An initiative of The City of Toronto. All three of my entries were selected.
Canada – Consulate General of India, Toronto – September 25th 2017
Solo Exhibition of my Paintings.
Canada – Art Square / Art Hub Gallery – August 2nd – 14th, 2017
Participated in a Group Show in Toronto City where three of my paintings were displayed.
Washington DC – The Indian Embassy – May 5th, 2017
A 60 minute presentation/talk in English titled – “A Walk through the Artist’s Mind” followed by an exhibition of my paintings.
It was an immersive experience for the audience, inviting them to see the detail, understand the thought process behind the scenes of an ‘Art Work’ through the medium of Contemporary Indian Art. Embassy’s official page showcasing the talk is uploaded at the below mentioned link:
You can also view photographs at https://www.indianembassy.org/gallery.php?album=186
March 2015 – Conducted a 3 hour art workshop for under privileged students enrolled into ACCESS – (US Embassy’s RELO English Micro Scholarship Program) at Anjuman-I-Islam Saif Tyabji High School-Mumbai, INDIA. My Concept – Help the girls and boys see differently and bring them around to understand Women’s Empowerment, through the medium of art.
November 2014 – Exhibited at India Art Festival at Nehru Centre in Mumbai in a group show of 3 artists.
November 2013 – Bandra Wine Festival – Monsoon Winds, in the Art Section.
March 2013 – at the Wine Festival – Monsoon Winds, at Ramada Inn, Powai.
May 2006 – first group show of 3 Artists at Malad in Orlem. The exhibition titled “INNERVISION” was inaugurated by Bharat Dhabholkar – the Theatre, Ad-Man & Film personality.
In Advertising for more than 25 years and Co-founded firm Origin Ad Ventures which evolved into Origin Hak Communications Pvt. Ltd. in the year 2008
Select areas of Advertising Expertise include:
- Visualizing – Starting point of my career where my ability to think differently was put to test in every creative we worked on.
- Art Direction – Leading a team, synchronizing thoughts and ideas culminating in successful product branding and campaigns.
- Copy Writing – A natural ability to ‘word’ily express the created visuals, adding a new dimension to my creativity.
- Client Servicing – Co-relating client ideas with that of the creative team and vice versa, resulting in successful campaign.
- Operations – Co-ordinating & scheduling the work of all parties involved, racing to meet the deadlines and deliver on time.
- Visual Artist – Painting since 1998 alongside managing my Advertising career
- Poetry as literary art – My poems are inspired by my paintings and vice-versa.
- Spiritual need to express my feelings and my passion drive my Art practice
- Desire for Community engagement
Applied Art and Advertising (1973 to 1978) – Sophia College Polytechnic in Mumbai, India.
When I studied Advertising, computers had not touched the art field. Everything was hand drawn. Sketching and life drawing formed an important part of our training. Fine Art is largely self-taught and now, so is working on computers.
You can also find me on:
Facebook Page: Artist Uma Ramakrishnan