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b. 1973, Guyana

Suchitra Mattai Biography

Suchitra Mattai is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Suchitra was born in Guyana, South America, but has also lived in Halifax and Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Philadelphia, New York City, Minneapolis, and Udaipur, India. These diverse natural and cultural environments have greatly influenced her work and research. While her practice includes a wide range of materials and ideas, her primary interests include 1) the complex relationship between the natural and artificial worlds and 2) the questioning of historical and authoritative narratives, especially those surrounding colonialism. Through painting, fiber, drawing, collage, installation, video, and sculpture, she weaves narratives of "the other," invoking fractured landscapes and reclaiming cultural artifacts (often colonial and domestic in nature).

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Suchitra received an MFA in Painting and Drawing and an MA in South Asian art, both from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She has exhibited her work in Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin, Berlin, London, and Wales and her work has appeared in various publications such as The Daily Serving (Mailee Hung), New American Paintings, and will be in a forthcoming book,A Collection of Contemporary Women's Voices on Guyana, (Grace Anezia Ali, Brill Press). Her next projects include a large scale commission for the Sharjah Biennial (2019), group exhibitions with the Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC, Pen and Brush, New York, NY, and the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA. Recent projects include commissions with the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and solo exhibitions at the Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State University Denver (2018), K Contemporary Gallery (2018), Denver, and GrayDuck Gallery, Austin (2018). She recently completed a residency at RedLine Contemporary Art Center, Denver, and is represented by K Contemporary Gallery Denver, and GrayDuck Gallery, Austin.

Suchitra Mattai Featured Artworks

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Nature nurture by Suchitra Mattai contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Suchitra MattaiNature nurture, 2021Gouache, 19th century book pages and fiber trim
35.56 x 25.4 cm
Unit London Contact Gallery
Maya (the wonder of it all) by Suchitra Mattai contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Suchitra MattaiMaya (the wonder of it all), 2020A Grammar of Ornament book pages, 1960 Saturday Evening Post, embroidery floss, and gouache
40.64 x 50.8 cm
Unit London Contact Gallery
We are rainbows we are shadows by Suchitra Mattai contemporary artwork mixed media
Suchitra MattaiWe are rainbows we are shadows, 2020Jute, vintage shawl, hair curlers, vintage saris
462.3 x 541 cm
Unit London Contact Gallery
A cup of tea a bit of war by Suchitra Mattai contemporary artwork painting, textile
Suchitra MattaiA cup of tea a bit of war, 2020Acrylic, embroidery floss, found needlepoint, and gouache
66 x 66 cm
Hollis Taggart Enquire
Stories of the sea by Suchitra Mattai contemporary artwork textile
Suchitra MattaiStories of the sea, 2020Embroidery floss, found objects, part of my Mother's sari, appliqués, and fabric
106.7 x 116.8 cm
Hollis Taggart Enquire
Held Still (in a silent echo) by Suchitra Mattai contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media, textile
Suchitra MattaiHeld Still (in a silent echo), 2021Embroidery, mixed media, appliqué on vintage tapestry
215.9 x 330.2 x 12.7 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
A Mother's Glow by Suchitra Mattai contemporary artwork sculpture
Suchitra MattaiA Mother's Glow, 2021Vintage saris, (including my Mother's wedding saris from Guyana), ghungroo bells, fabric, rope net, and boas
241.3 x 132.1 x 7.6 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
A Time Machine for Renewed Love by Suchitra Mattai contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Suchitra MattaiA Time Machine for Renewed Love, 2021Acrylic, spray paint, gouache, oil, vintage brooches, embroidery floss, faux peacock feathers, and appliqués on canvas
152.4 x 182.9 x 5.1 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery

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