Art exhibit by Minakshi De to open at Raw Space Nov. 1

A new art exhibition by renowned visual artist Minakshi De will open at Raw Space on Nov. 1. Her spectacular and breathtaking paintings, installations, and creative works will be on display for fine art lovers until Nov. 30.

ILLUSION OF FREEDOM solo exhibition
Preview – Nov. 1, 6-9 p.m.
Opening and Reception – Nov. 2, 2-8 p.m.

Minakshi’s journey from India to the United States is a trajectory at once bound by artistic search for identity and tradition. She holds a B.F.A with honors from University of Chittagong and a post Graduate diploma from Fashion & Art Institute, Dallas, Texas.

She has had 25 solo shows, and more than hundred group exhibitions in India, Bangladesh, China, Italy, Spain and the USA.

She has been awarded in various exhibitions in India and America.

“Art is her love and inclination and is this passion that keeps her going,” said Ratnabali Chatterjee, former professor of history at Calcutta University in India. “Her technique is inspired by the tenets of expressionism coupled with gestural brush work. She has used the interplay of colors and texture to represent these objects in a form that is a deviation from their retinal reality.”

Minakshi De has experienced innumerable changes in her life, and with changes came hurdles, and impediments, but nothing could take away her artistic passion.

Migration has given her the valuable privilege of experiencing variety, enriching her insights. She considers herself a storyteller. Her paintings, the series she creates carries with them poignant stories of their own.

“Migration” talks of her own journey to different countries. In “Captive,” she talks of the veiled women, the invisible or the visible screens that deter them from expression. Her background might be Indian and her storylines taken from the pages of her own life, but she speaks for the women of the entire world.

If you look closely, you will see the layers in her paintings. The intricacies of the patterns that characterizes her style can be easily made out over the layers. The arabesque patterns of the Islamic arts, and the latticed screens, the geometric patterned “Jaalies” of the Rajasthani palaces, have mesmerized her for ages.

The women of the royal household, standing concealed from the world in the “Jharokhas,” veiled from the public’s eye. What did they have to say? What were they thinking? These and myriads of emotions runs through Minakshiʼs mind while she paints.

The complexity of a women’s mind is portrayed through the layers of colors in her paintings, one above the other, the perfect mix, yet each one standing out on their own.

Her expertise also encompasses graphic drawings, oil, acrylics, installations to name a few. She loves experimenting, and trying out new methods gives her a new zeal towards continuing her passion.

Raw Space is located at 1795 Old Dixie Hwy., Vero Beach. For more information, call the gallery at (305) 213-9411. Gallery hourse are Wed. – Fri. 3-6 p.m. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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