Radha Lakshmi, from Cincinnati, OH, is a printmaker and a community artist. She uses a variety of mediums, including etching, screen printing, painting, and ephemeral materials. Her art is inspired by her Southern Indian heritage and her passion for storytelling. She creates vibrant mandala art that's ephemeral and on paper that celebrates the beauty of sacred spaces. Radha was born and raised in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She practices the art of Kolam/Mandala, a ritual and meditative art form passed down through her women ancestors for generations. It is a ritualistic form of drawing used to create intricate patterns and designs on the floor or walls of a home. They are hand-drawn or stenciled with rice flour, colored sand, and petals of flowers. The mandalas are believed to bring good luck and prosperity to the home. The Mandala, a Sanskrit word for circle or completion, has a long history and is recognized for its deep abstract spiritual meaning and representation of wholeness.
Radha has been creating art for over 30 years and has exhibited her work in numerous galleries and museums. She is a passionate advocate for the arts and has dedicated countless hours to helping bring art to the people in her community. She hopes people take away a sense of joy, happiness, and beauty from her art.
Radha Lakshmi's professional artistic career has spanned many creative directions. Lakshmi received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and a Master of Fine Art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in printmaking. In addition, Lakshmi has National and International teaching experiences and artistic collaboration with well-known artists in India, Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany, London, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. She has worked as an Art Consultant and Faculty at the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore, India. In addition, She has been a visiting Scholar at Rhode Island School of Design (Rhode Island), Darwin University (Australia), and The College of Fine Arts, Sydney (Australia) and Bloomington, IN. Her artworks have won several awards and are in museums and gallery collections worldwide. Lakshmi's art also can be viewed locally at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Proton Therapy Center and Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute.