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About Artist

Katragadda is emerging painter who has held various painting exhibitions in India and in America. He has been painting since he was ten. He believes that an artist's primary objective should be to capture a culture – and that a culture, or ethnicity, can be best understood through its women. He paints colourful and elaborately dressed, voluptous, dark Indian women, paying equal attention to their omnipresent bindis and resplendent ornaments as he does to their draped saris and brilliant blouses. His portraits are as abstract as they are figurative. He tends to abstract away from facial features, and lays more emphasis on the way a culture has sculpted the woman as a whole, especially the colours, which are depicted in brightest of colours – reds, saffrons and yellows – the most essential Indian colours. His paintings have been featured at Chitra Kala Parishath, Kalarasa Gallery (Bangalore), Art Walk (San Diego), IndianArtCollectors.com, Mixture ShowRoom (San Diego), Paintings Etc. (Singapore), Chlorophyll (Chandigarh) and IndianPainters.net. One of his paintings is in the private collection of Mani Ratnam.His paintings are collected worldwide.

Academics

    Diploma in Painting II - City College, San Diego
    Masters in Computer Science Engg, University of Arlington, USA
    Bachelors in Mech Engg, Bangalore University

Exhibitions

    2009 Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore Solo
    2009 Palm Meadows, Bangalore Solo
    2010 San Diego Bay Group Art Walk San Diego
    2010 Mixture Gallery, San Diego Group "Mixture"
    2012 IndianArtCollectors.com Solo "Feature Artist"
    2013 Renaissance Gallerie, Bangalore Group "The Parrot"
    2014 Kalarasa, Bangalore Group "Eclectic Collections - 30 emerging Indian Artists"
    2014 Kensington Art Gallery, Bangalore Group "Boutiful Art - Juried by Christine Knocke"
    2015 Wine Vault, San Diego Solo "The Woman"

Award & Recognition

    Varanasi, Best Foreign Film, Atlantic City Film Festival
    Dark Rooms, Runners-up Award Poetry, San Diego Book Awards 2002
    Other Wife, Runners-up Award Poetry, San Diego Book Awards 2003

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