Pooja Pittie was born and raised in India in 1977 and now lives and works in Chicago, IL. Being born into an entrepreneurial family, she studied finance & accounting and accepted that her interest in drawing and painting would never be a serious career for her. She is a certified public accountant in India and in the U.S. and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Throughout her business career, Pooja naturally took on creative roles to fuel her hunger for art. She found herself spending extra time in the marketing brand meetings at Unilever, illustrating children’s books, producing videos and even designing the brand identity for her own startup, Little GuruSkool.
In the year 2000, shortly after moving to the U.S., Pooja was diagnosed with an incurable and progressive form of muscular dystrophy and in 2015, she finally turned her artistic hobby into a profession. She finds a deep connection between the loss of physical mobility from her disease and the movement she is able to capture in her paintings. Her abstract works are meditations on movement: the climbing of a step, the swing of an arm or the sway of a hip. An artwork's title is often a play on words based on idioms or phrases related to that action.
She experiments with various mediums, including acrylics, oils and pastels and draws constant inspiration from her travels. She enjoys working on intricate pattern-like drawings as well as bold, abstract paintings.
Recently, one of her works was awarded a Jury’s Pick in the Minted x West Elm 2016 Art Challenge and she has been busy working on large commissioned paintings for art collectors all over the world.