India , Hong Kong ,England and now living in the United States, Ritika Gandhi is an artist who has
benefitted from various cultures. Learning both modern and ancient techniques form several cultures
Ritika brings something unique to the table. Painting on Silk.
After completing her education in Textile Designing, in India, Gandhi began to experiment applying
traditional Indian techniques to modern textiles. Shortly afterwards Ritika became a designer for a
large textile manufacturing company. In the early '90s, she moved to New York City where she began
to work as a freelance textile artist.
Fate took her from New York, Hong Kong to London. In England, Ritika went back to school and
attended Reading College of Art and Design, graduating with her Diploma in Fine Art. Gandhi's
Modern European training enables her to add yet another layer of expression and understanding
to her creations.
The results are explosively colorful abstractions produced on a unique medium, using modern and
Ritika's fate called her back to the United States. Ritika has been teaching Batik
and Silk Painting at the Montclair Museum, Ridgewood Community School,
Riverdale Art Center and at Midland Park Continuing Education. She has also
taught at Atelier 7 Studio in Pompton Plains, Montclair Adult School, The South
Orange and Maplewood Adult School.
Ritika's work is based on the psychophysical perception of color. She thinks that
is due to her deep roots in Ind'an culture. Ind'an culture is specifically known to
use bright and vibrant colors to express emotions and convey to deep, enriching
history from which it comes. She likes to use colors that stimulate the human
retina and evoke an emotional response from the viewer.
A lot of her work uses reds, as red represents fire, warmth and comfort. She also
like to pair off her reds with blues, as blue, being opposite of red, represents
tranquility and peace. Yellow is the most optimistic color that she uses, in its
unique ability to provide the viewer with an optimistic outlook towards life. All
these colors are pulled together by the authority and power of black.