By Union of Excellence, Sept 17, 2021

Chitra Ramanathan

Contemporary Professional Art Industry Consultant | Painting Mediums, USA

Art Industry

Accredited under the UNOFEX Standards of Excellence since 2021

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Chitra Ramanathan at her Art Studio 2021- UNOFEX.jpg


There has been no looking back for the recently accredited UNOFEX member of the art industry and contemporary visual artist Chitra Ramanathan since 1995, when the artist’s career debuted with solo and group exhibitions of her paintings at different venues situated on Broadway, New York City, New York USA. Noticed by art critics for concept and originality, her name and art were featured in different publications including Manhattan Arts Magazine, New York.


The award-winning child artist growing up in India, Chitra Ramanathan earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting with honors in 1993 and M.B.A  in 1997 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois USA. During her student years, she visited Paris for an extended stay and study, influenced by the Impressionist and Expressionist Movements. As a professional artist she has completed residencies at the Camac Centre d’Art at Marnay sur Seine, France in 2010, and the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy in 2012.

Ramanathan's unique, intuitive style of painting is distinct with her treatment of fresh, bright colors executed with rapid brush strokes. Often combined with varied intricately interwoven textural materials interwoven into the paint rather than mere stand-alone collages, they visually create the aura of extending beyond their two-dimensional surfaces. Many of her paintings are created in expansive scale, or as multi-paneled works.

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© Chitra Ramanathan

Recent, private art commissions in the United States include a pair of paintings identically measuring 7 feet high by 3.4 feet wide, upon request by a corporate client that were installed in August 2020 – To quote the client Matt Ulliman, President at Ulliman Schutte Construction, Ohio, USA, June 22, 2021 who comments on LinkedIn:

“We purchased an outstanding painting from Chitra and then later commissioned her to create 2 very large complementary pieces of art for our home. She is a wonderful person and a true pleasure to work with. Chitra made the process easy and enjoyable. Chitra is a very creative artists and we could not be happier with the art she created for our home. The paintings are bright, vibrant, and harmonious with our space. Most importantly, everyone that views her art smiles with joy. We receive many compliments from our friends and family on her works of art. I highly recommend Chitra as an artist and also someone you will love to work with on any commissioned painting project you may desire for your home or office” – End quote. 

In 2016, a three-paneled painting was competed upon a commission invitational by the CEO of Biaggis chain of restaurants in Bloomington, Illinois. In 2018 a mixed-media painting with acrylics, gold leaf and textures with dimensions of 5 feet wide X 3 feet high was completed for a private client in Boston, Massachusetts.

With the abstract concept of happiness and expression of joy as the theme of her ongoing body of work, the artist’s originals have attracted displays in both private and public venues including courthouses, hotels and prominent solo and group exhibitions. Her numerous originals have been acquired by private and business clients, auctions, and site-specific public art commissions.

Examples of completed invitational public-art projects include a pair of custom-created paintings in dimensions of six feet by four feet, installed inside the Bellagio Conservatory at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas in 2004 at the request of MGM Resorts International,

 a 13.8 foot-wide mural commissioned by Crooked Creek Elementary School, Indianapolis, Indiana USA completed in 2008, and five large-scale paintings created in varied dimensions were displayed in downtown Indianapolis in 2006 as part of the public art initiative by the Arts Council of Indiana.

Chitra Ramanathan Art

© Chitra Ramanathan

Eclectic publications featuring Chitra Ramanathan's biography and images include, ongoing on,  IMDB The Internet Movie Database, and Who’s Who in America in 2008. Magazine features include International Contemporary Artists, Vol 1., a Greek publication, the Indianapolis Business Journal, Professional Artist Magazine, Luxury Real Estate, Indianapolis Monthly Home, The Miami Art Scene Magazine in 2018, and the Art Guide Mag's Artist Directory in 2020.

Concurrently an art educator, she has taught courses and workshops in abstract, mixed media and acrylic painting since 2004. Currently attached to the Norcoss Gallery and Studios, Georgia, USA, she previously taught courses and workshops as art faculty at the Art School of the Vero Beach Museum of Art, Florida and the Indianapolis Art Center, Indiana. In recognition of her experiences, Ramanathan was invited as Visitor Artist for a presentation of her art and career by then-Keeper/Head at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom in 2005.

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