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Suchitra Mattai

University of Denver

Suchitra Mattai received an MFA in painting and drawing and an MA in South Asian Studies, both from the University of Pennsylvania.   Mattai was also awarded fellowships to study at the Royal College of Art, London and at the American Institute of Indian Studies, Udaipur, India. Through the trope of landscape, her paintings, drawings and installations explore the boundaries between the real and the unreal, the near and the far, and the personal and the global. Drawing from folklore and fairytales, pop culture, and travel, she combines patterns, ornament, and palettes from diverse cultural sources such as Indian textiles and miniature paintings, Japanese prints, and domestic interior design.  Mattai has had solo and group shows in Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Denver, and Austin, and will be showing in Berlin in 2014 . Her work has appeared in New American Paintings and is part of the Viewing Program of the Drawing Center, New York.  She is currently Lecturer, Studio Art, at the University of Colorado, Denver and has previously taught at the College of Saint Benedict, Saint John’s University and the University of Pennsylvania.