Pragati Sharma Mohanty

Pragati Sharma Mohanty

At first glance Pragati’s work is an eye-catching blend of vibrant colors, intricate motifs, flora & fauna and human or animal figurines. On a closer look they emerge to be curious concoctions with deeper meaning and influences from cultures around the world. Pragati uses her artwork as a medium to tell stories. Her surfaces invariably evolve and so do her materials & tools, the only constant however is a strong urge to discover and design ways to recreate narratives.

She was born in India in 1980 and has traveled all over the world with her family. This piqued her interest very early on to draw rich inspiration from the myriad cultures and traditions. She was tagged as exceptionally creative since childhood, and went on to study Architecture and Industrial Design, striking the right balance between raw talent and rigorous formal training.

She is a globetrotter and a curious explorer by nature. After finishing her formal education she lived in Europe for a while to further explore the synergy between Art, Design & Architecture…so similar and yet so different!

It was after all these enriching experiences in life that she got really addicted to painting as her preferred language to create a climate in her works that is enchanted and gives a feeling of reading a fairy tale from Far East.

She is an artist by passion and a methodical innovator by education and she leverages this special array of skills, knowledge and passion in her exotic, surreal works – transparent layers of paint, coming alive with labyrinthine details, well within the realm of aesthetics, creating visually appealing compositions.

She lives with her family in the Bay Area, California, and in her studio she blends various forms of fine arts, performing arts & design to create multi-sensory experiences that touch the viewer in positive and spiritual ways.