IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2015

Aparajita Sen
Aparajita Sen
Aparajita Sen

As an artist, my background and rich influences of different cultures has steered me to explore the concept of symbolism and imagery, the mythical implications in various cultures have always intrigued me. While merging traditional symbols and thoughts and presenting those in a contemporary style, I also enjoy capturing the effects of the unification of visual ideas or subject matter and evoke a sense of mystery in my work. I get these effects with brilliant and vibrant colors. My style is mostly abstract and I also take delight in exploring the compositional possibilities in creating abstractions from everyday life. Working with oils and mixed media are most fulfilling to me.

My journey as an artist began in my early childhood years in New Delhi, India. I took to drawing and pencil sketching at a very young age as I was inspired by my maternal grandfather, who was a well-known Indian artist trained with the renowned poet and artist Rabindranath Tagore of Shantiniketan, India. Subsequently, my family immigrated to the United States. I continued drawing through my school years winning several awards and recognition for my art projects. In college, I majored in Computer Science and Finance, not having the opportunity to study Art. I found myself with little time to devote to my artwork. After graduating from St. Johns University, New York, I worked in the Financial/Banking field for some years. During those years, despite the time constraints I made every effort to pursue my artistic interests by continuing to draw and sketch whenever I had the time.
My strong desire to study art led me to make the decision to forgo my career in banking and pursue a career in Fine Arts and I enrolled in art classes at the Visual Arts Center in Summit, New Jersey. I have since completed several years of training with many award winning artists and worked with various mediums such as oil, pastel, acrylic, charcoal and watercolor as well as mixed media.
Additionally, I have completed a Graphic Design Certification from Rutgers University, New Jersey in December 2008. Since then I have continued to develop my skills by expanding my artistic range by exploring abstractions with mixed media and constantly considering and experimenting with new techniques and themes. I have also completed Visual Arts/Art History courses at Princeton University.

2013: The Center for Contemporary Art, member show, NJ
2013: West Windsor Art Council, faculty show, NJ
2013: ‘RAYS’ juried show sponsored by Regional Chronic Disease Coalition Morris/Somerset Counties, traveling show, NJ
2012: IAAC Erasing Borders Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, NY juried show (traveling show from New York to Virginia)
2011: Pastel Society of New Jersey, Award winners show
2010: Museum of American Finance, Wall Street, Event for Financial Literacy, NY
2010: Princeton University, Lucas Gallery, Charcoal Drawings show, NJ
2010: Pastel Society of New Jersey, Annual Member show, Bernardsville, NJ
2010: ‘Passport to the Arts’ juried show, Clifton Arts Center, Clifton, NJ
2010: Lakeside Art Studio show, Morristown Theater, Morristown, NJ
2009: Mrittika Inc of New Jersey - South Asian Heritage show, NJ
2009: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, member show, NJ
2008: Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, member show, NJ

2014: Light Space & Time, 2014 Abstract Art Competition – recipient of Special Recognition Award selected from 896 entries submitted from around the world
2014: Featured Artist at Manhattan Arts International, NYC
2010: Pastel Society of New Jersey, Annual Member show, Bernardsville, NJ – Award of Excellence

Paintings are in the collection of corporate offices and individual art lovers in US, India, UK.

2012: ACER Fundraiser (organization involved with conductive education for cerebral palsy children), donated four paintings for annual auction raised over $10,000
2012: Princeton Day School, conducted workshop with Second grade children for three paintings donated to the annual school auction/fundraiser
2010: Kent Place School, donated one painting for auction at the annual school fundraiser
2010: Museum of American Finance, NYC, donated three paintings for auction
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