Pragati was born in India and was lucky to grow up in a culturally rich environment. This piqued her interest very early on to draw inspiration from the myriad heritage and traditions. She was tagged as exceptionally creative since childhood, and went on to study Architecture and Industrial Design, striking the right balance between raw talent and rigorous training.
She is a globetrotter and a curious explorer by nature. After finishing her formal education she worked in Europe to further explore the synergy between Art, Design & Architecture...so similar and yet so different! It was after all these enriching experiences in life that she got really addicted to painting as her preferred language of expression. She creates a unique character in her paintings that seems enchanted and surreal. The elements are familiar but the style of composition is uniquely rare.
Her being a passionate artist as well as an intelligent innovator is a catalyst in creating exotic works where transparent layers of paint, come alive with intricate details to make aesthetic and strong bodies of work. Design principles, color interaction, and visual balance are important elements as the rich story her art is telling.
She lives with her family in the Bay Area, California, and in her studio she blends various forms of fine arts, performing arts & design to create multi-sensory experiences. Estate-sale hopping, folk music, research, and teaching are her other interests. She is a compulsive creative and loves to add value to things, real or virtual. Her surfaces invariably evolve and so do her materials & tools, the only constant however is a strong urge to create beautiful narratives.
I teach more than 35 forms of Indian Folk Arts in my home studio.
A host of DIY art projects, as well as online workshops, are available on www.pragatiartschool.com