IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2015

Reeta Gidwani Karmarkar
Reeta Gidwani Karmarkar


From the time I held my first crayon there was never any doubt in my mind that I would paint. High school included a silver medal in an international juried art show in Seoul. My work, which was fairly figurative until that point, changed after I got a scholarship to the Accademia di Belle Arte in Rome. I found the perspectives used by 14th century painters fascinating – an epiphany for me! Since then my work has explored different angles, as well as plains of perspective and false perspectives…narrowing and expanding space with colour and mixture of rigid hard-edge plus rough painterly strokes. It intrigues me to take architectural designs and abstract them. It is gratifying to be shown and get commissions; but not me, the challenge is in freeing myself further out of rectangular boundries, and challenging the viewer to do the same.

Reeta Gidwani-Karmarkar plays with perspective in her artwork, using color, lines, light, and darkness to distort spaces. Gidwani Karmarkar was born in India, received her Laureata at the Academia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy, and has spent most of her adult life in Europe and North America. She is a painter as well as a muralist. Some of her murals can be seen in UK (London), Italy (Rome, Tirrenia, Taranto, Tor Sapiense), USA (Rochester, Chicago). Reeta’s paintings have been part of numerous international solo & group shows, are housed in international collections both individual as well as in museums (Venezuela, Spain, Italy, India), and have won her several major awards including a Silver medal (UNESCO Art Exhibition, Seoul, Korea) and a Gold medal (Premio Nazionale de Pittura, Citta de Velletri, Italy). She lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
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