Sahana Ramakrishnan

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Asura, 2016 Oil, Collage, And Brass Pieces On Canvas 46 X 54 Inches
Froggity, 2016 Acrylic, Oil, Hemp Rope, Gold Leaf And Crystal On Burlap 14 X 14 Inches © Sahana Ramakrishnan
Jungle Snakes, 2016 Ink, Metal Foil, And Gold Leaf On Paper 23 X 16 Inches © Sahana Ramakrishnan
Leda II , 2016 Acrylic, Ink, Hemp Rope, Rhinestones, Glitter, Leather And Gold Leaf On Paper 22 X 30 Inches © Sahana Ramakrishnan
Leda, 2016 Acrylic, Ink And Gold Leaf On Sutured Paper 14 X 14 Inches © Sahana Ramakrishnan
Practice, 2016 Acrylic, Ink, Cowrie Shells, Gold Leaf, Glitter, Rope From Mop, And Rhinestones On Sutured Paper 17 X 28 Inches © Sahana Ramakrishnan
More Than a Man, 2016 Ink, Metal Foil, And Gold Leaf On Sutured Paper 28 X 14 Inches © Sahana Ramakrishnan
Untitled, 2016 Oil, Ink, Acrylic, Embroidered Mirrorwork, Collage, Rhinestones, And Bottle Caps On Sutured Canvas 96 X 60 Inches © Sahana Ramakrishnan
Slippery When Wet, 2016 Mixed Media On Muslin 56 X 84 Inches © Sahana Ramakrishnan
Untitled, 2016 Acrylic, Ink, Hemp Rope, Rhinestones, And Gold Leaf On Paper 22 X 28 Inches © Sahana Ramakrishnan
Untitled, 2016 Acrylic And Gold Leaf On Canvas 54 X 54 Inches © Sahana Ramakrishnan
Untitled (Detail) , 2016 Acrylic, Ink, Hemp Rope, Rhinestones, And Gold Leaf On Paper 22 X 28 Inches © Sahana Ramakrishnan
Untitled, 2016 Oil On Sutured Canvas © Sahana Ramakrishnan
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Mumbai, India
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RISD (Rhode Island School of Design)

Sahana Ramakrishnan is a Brooklyn based artist who was born in Mumbai and educated in Singapore and America. She received her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. 

Sahana’s work thrives off the drama that exists in cultural melting pots. Fascinated with the influence religion, myth, and fiction have on our daily lives, she explores how the human body traverses a space that straddles the fantastical and the mundane. She marries the freakish, the funny, and the beautiful in images that draw parallels between her own personal narratives and moral fables from around the globe. Many of her paintings, drawings, and prints are vibrant with grotesque imagery - bodies grab, eat, caress, and spill out of one another in an exaggerated and literal interpretation of our closeness with other beings on this planet. 

Sahana's images combine observation and invention. She draws from life, observing people around her and allowing her imagination to insert into her drawings elements of surreal or bizarre narratives she has encountered. Her inspiration ranges from human biology and anatomy to her experiences in tropical reefs and rainforests; from Buddhist and Hindu mythology to the diversity and drama in the lives of people she interacts with everyday.

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