For oil painter Vandana Nittoor, art is the means of defining her place in the world while discovering the world within her.
Growing up in Bangalore, India, her childhood and early adult years were spent in a culturally rich but demanding tradition, with a strong emphasis on conformance. She has had to re-examine these traditions and evolve beyond their constraints in order to provide voice and expression to the artist within.It was through self-discovery, enabled by mindfulness-based meditation that such evolution has been possible. Similar to a meditation session, Nittoor’s paintings are primarily done in one sitting.
In her paintings Nittoor seeks to capture the spirituality of her subjects by expressing their inner lives: Rather than focus on outward appearance, she sees the subject’s consciousness as a web of interwoven thoughts and feelings that have a story to tell. A published novelist, her paintings are accompanied by write-ups that describe her encounters with her subjects and her interpretations of their inner dialogue. It is the combination of pen, brush, and Nittoor’s unique talents as a storyteller that distinguishes her work. Also, Nittoor’s experiences as a cultural outsider drives her curiosity in selecting subjects from as wide a cultural spectrum as possible to accompany the abstraction in color and texture with which she imbues her portraits.
Nittoor has been residing in New Jersey for over two decades.