I am a self-taught artist, born and raised in Bangladesh. I moved to Frankfort, Kentucky, in 1995, where I completed my bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Kentucky State University and worked as a programmer analyst. However, any form of art has always been my first love.
In 2016, I quit my job and went to India to study music at Visva-Bharati University – an iconic arts institution founded by one of my main inspirations, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
I was still at Visva-Bharati during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as my classes transitioned online, I started to pick up drawing and painting more. In my scrapbook, I created a series of these colorful abstract portraits of women with nose rings, bindia, jumka, and necklaces; after returning to the US in 2021, I have started painting these women on canvas. This lady with a nose ring is one of them.
When I was a kid, my mother used to take me to different art competitions, and I had won several prizes as a kid. I always wanted to learn painting but that’s never happened, but I never quit, I keep painting for my own pleasure. Therefore I am honored and happy to be selected in the Team Kentucky Gallery.
I love playing with colors. In this selected painting I was trying to experiment with primary colors within a simple, abstract form. The fact that one and the same color can perform many different roles fascinates me. That’s what I intended to catch in this painting: different roles of color.
If you are interested in checking my paintings, please check my Instagram account, rachana_lovesart.