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Contemporary Arts Center
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center
for Contemporary Art
44 E. 6th Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

513 345 8400


Artist Details


Priya Rama's art is born from her chronic migraines. When one begins, along with the pain and pressure, colors and shapes appear in her mind's eye. These get transformed into hyperchromatic paintings of identity, resilience, and tenacity. An abstract expressionist, her paintings highlight a spontaneous, intuitive, and personal mark-making, with rich color and palpable texture. Her paintings especially explore dualities-- of pain/beauty, emphatic color/delicate brush lines, rich details/quiet resting spots, spontaneity/deliberate placement, translucency/opacity, and contemplation/assertion.

Priya Rama thinks of her paintings as self-portraits, because as she says, "My art is part of me, and I am part of my art". She adds, “My paintings emerge from within. They are part of an ongoing conversation with myself that I have had since my childhood. Priya Rama's works often feature reference points from her cultural background and upbringing: dots and circles from Tamil 'kolam', vibrant colors of cultural and physical surroundings, motifs of traditional fabrics, and layers of the past intertwining with the present. The artist’s paintings can be found in private and corporate collections around the country. She has also been interviewed for multiple print and online publications, as well as regional and national media including an interview for CBS’ ‘Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley.”

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