Preeti Varma © Copyright 2019-25

About me- A biography

 

I am a visual artist who explores interdisciplinary genres in my art practice such as painting, mixed media, photography and sculptural installations.

 

The world of art with its myriad expressions fascinated me from my elementary education days through to today. Over these years, I also received some accolades for my works, including my first group show in 2005 in Bangalore, India, where I had the privilege of showing my paintings along with some highly respected Indian artists. Subsequently, I have been showing my works in Singapore and the United States - New York City, L.A., Houston. 

 

Born in New Delhi, India, my early career spanned work with leading Indian and multi-national corporations across different cities in India and in Singapore. In 2009, I decided to make a career change moving beyond my 18 years in the corporate world, to pursue my inherent passion for art, full time.

 

In the following years, I went on to immerse myself in my art deeply, returning to school to study fine arts. In 2014, I graduated with a BA (Honors) in Fine Arts awarded by Goldsmiths, University of London, UK in partnership with The LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. Subsequently, I also spent time in The Art Students League of New York, NYC, under the mentorship of a master instructor and accomplished artist -Bruce Dorfman, as part of my continuing education in Arts. 

 

In 2015, my husband and I moved to New York City to pursue our careers. I live and work in NYC.

Artist Statement- About my work

 

Preeti draws inspiration from the quotidian. Our fast-paced lives disconnect us from our immediate surroundings wherein the insignificant is rendered invisible. Preeti is interested in exploring this quality of urban life through her artworks by bringing the quotidian to the foreground. She explores this idea by creating a visual conversation based on looking at our world in unfamiliar ways, by observing the subjective, innocuous beauty of the mundane with a renewed sense of wonderment. Preeti challenges the perception of what is considered beautiful.

 

My eclectic experiences of having lived worked and traveled in various urban landscapes and cultures across the East and the West have vastly influenced my art practice.  The sensory experience of our fast-paced lives in sharp contrast to a quiet multitude of the quotidian ignites my curiosity and informs my work. 

My response is reinitiation of dialogue with this ephemeral ordinariness and its poetics; intrigue, chance, and spontaneity are crucial elements of my work. While my work alludes to universal themes and ideas, my cultural roots and experiences inevitably find expression in this conscious/ subconscious expression. 

 

In my artworks, I engage materials such as paints, digital images, rice paper, wax and unconventional objects from everyday life.