Chitra Ganesh


Artworks of Chitra Ganesh usually visualize the effects of cheerfulness and inspiration, sex, despair, beauty and dazzling in life. It is quite surprising to know that the protagonists of her paintings are only women portrayed as pin-ups, mothers, priestesses, witches, heroines, warriors, and goddesses as she holds expertise in making mixed-media drawings, digital collages, photographs, paintings, and installations. There is a revelation that images and themes used in her artworks are derived from Hindu, Greek, and Buddhist mythology, Bollywood posters, and 19th century European fairy tales where she showcases women as sexual objects with strength and power.

Born in 1975 at Brooklyn in New York, Chitra Ganesh is a daughter of Indian immigrant parents. Since her childhood, she has shown her interest in history and literature and her artworks are a testimony of the reflection of social theory and contemporary literature from the world. 

Education & Work

As far as her educational qualification is concerned, she holds the degree of BA in Art-semiotics and Comparative Literature from Brown University in 1996 followed by an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2002.   

Artworks of Chitra Ganesh have been showcased in various art exhibitions held at venues across the USA including the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Museum of Art, the Asia Society, Bronx Museum of Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, White Columns, Momenta Art, and Apex Art in New York. At the same time, her works have also become center of attraction in international venues include the Museum of Contemporary Art (Shanghai), Devi Art Foundation (New Delhi), EVAM (Spain), Museum voor Moderne Kunst (Netherlands), ZKM (Germany), and the Prince of Wales Museum (Mumbai).

It is interesting to note that renowned publication houses like the New York Times, Flash Art, Art Asia Pacific, and Time Out New York have agreed to provide space to publish her creations. Ganesh has also received grants for her immense contribution in the fielding of painting from the Astraea Foundation (2004), NY Community Trust (2006), New York Foundation for the Arts (2005, 2009), Printed Matter Inc. (2009), the Art Matters Foundation (2010), and the Joan Mitchell Foundation for Painters and Sculptors (2010). Her work is represented in premier global museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, San Jose Museum of Art, Saatchi Collection (London), Devi Art Foundation (New Delhi), amongst others.

Awards and Accolades

In the year 2012, Chitra Ganesh is awarded with John Simon Guggenheim memorial foundation Fellowship in the Creative Arts, with recent solo presentations at the Gothenburg Kunsthalle, PS 1/MOMA, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Other accolades she has already received in her career include the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency, Smack Mellon Studios, and Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, and New York University's A/P/A Institute (2013-14).

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