The Conqueror Series – I, Natural stone colors on cotton, 20 x 24 inches, 2022
This week we welcome Teena Soni, a New Jersey-based painter working at the intersection of traditional Indian-miniature style and contemporary aesthetics. She belongs to a traditional artistic family of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Shunya(Zero), Natural stone colors on cloth, 18 x 24 inches, 2023
Soni studied Indian miniature art under the guidance of her grandfather, the late Badri Lal Chitrakar, a recipient of the Shilp Guru Award, and her father Shri Sharad Soni, an artist and art collector. The rigorous training has enriched her natural abilities as a painter with the rich cultural and traditional artistry, intricacies, and finesse of her preceptors.
The Joyous Elephant, Natural stone colors on cotton, 20 x 24 inches, 2022
“I am a third generation Indian miniature and contemporary painting artist from India. For me, painting is a meditative process of connecting with the divine. Creation starts to happen when my heart, mind and body are in synchronization, and I just go with the flow. The moment I sit to paint, I automatically detach myself from the outside world, greed, emotions, money, food, I want nothing at all and then a miracle happens. The state of thoughtless awareness gives birth to a magical creation. The best critique of any art is the artist itself. I mostly paint sitting on the floor. On the floor, I am more at ease. I feel a closer connection with the painting, walking around it and working on it from all four sides.”
The Gopis Longing for Krishna, Natural stone colors on cotton, 18 x 24 inches, 2019