Soumya Sitaraman
Soumya Sitaraman

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Paintings with Indian influences

Paintings relating to nature

On Feminity and Womanhood


Chachaji's Cup.  Illustrated by Soumya Sitaraman

Lifelines Series

Lifelines series



Through powerful use of color

& characteristic

directional energy,


I evaluate choices,

express issues concerning


the Sensual woman


personal experiences in my native India,

woven through deep rooted cultural bonds

in a unique,

contemporary perspective,


highlighting dissonance

between Social Thought

and Practice


Visual artist Soumya Sitaraman's work resonates with powerful use of color and characteristic directional energy. She successfully incorporates strong influences from her native India in her paintings and installations. "When she paints, she thinks of the constant reevaluation of life systems, of death and rebirth, her awe of nature, the connection between the individual and the natural world…" Jan Rindfleisch- Executive Director, Euphrat Museum of Art

Her first picture book "Chachaji's Cup" was released by Childrens Book Press, San Francisco, Ca, in April 2003 in the United States.

Sitaraman is currently producing a signature series "Lifelines" which she begun as an Artist-in-Residence at Works, San Jose, USA. In this series, she visually imprints the individual's intangible sense of self on the thumbprint: a tangible, impersonal, static mark of public, political and social serialization in distinct personality portraits. The series is being exhibited worldwide. .

Her commissioned work includes a mural on a '72 VW Bug "What we live by" featured in the book "Art Cars"and the movie "Wild Wheels" by Harrod Blanc.

The curator of several successful exhibitions, she coordinated "Connections: Under one Roof" with Jan Rindfleisch, Director, Euphrat Museum of Art. An advocate social causes through art, Soumya was responsible for the "Las Madres" exhibitions at the Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California.

Her work has been reviewed in Artweek, Asian Art News, Hong Kong, The San Jose Mercury News, India Today, India Currents the Telegraph, The Hindu, The Toronto Globe, The Asian Age, The Statesman, The Indian Express, and Design Digest and several other International publications She has been interviewed for the ABC affiliate KNTV and on India's Doordarshan on several occasions.

She received an award from Mr. Preston Metcalf, Executive Director, San Jose Museum of Contemporary Art for her painting "Mother Earth."

Her vision of art and art making as a voice of connection and social interrelation resulted in Shakti, a group she founded to bring together the vision of artists of South Asian Origin in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She has the acknowledged honor of being the first Asian woman artist to create an Internet Art Gallery.

She is a guest lecturer and speaker at forums that focus on Women in the Arts and the empowerment of women. She coordinated and participated in the symposium, "Contemporary Issues of Asian American Women Artists" along with Dr. Valerie Matsumoto, Professor of Art History at UCLA, and artist Lucy Arai to assess the current status and issues challenging Bay Area Asian American Women visual artists.

Compelling issues of ethnicity, diversity and choice led her to serve several organizations as Board and committee member throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She served in the Planning Committee for the Mexican Heritage Plaza and Plaza Art Gallery. She was on the Museum Assessment Advisory Panel for History Museum of San Jose. She was appointed as panelist to select Fellowship recipients in the Visual arts for the Arts Council of Silicon Valley.

An member of The Asian American Women Artists Association, AAWAA, her work is featured in their Artists Reference Guide, "Of Our Own Voice".

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