Traditional Arts, Visual Arts
Artist StatementI liken my arrival in America at the age of five to television going from black and white to high-definition, forty-foot tall IMAX. Inundated by pop culture, television, movies, fashion, art, and especially music, I consumed all of it with a voracious appetite that still remains insatiable. After years of pursuing music as a singer/guitarist in a rock band, I turned my attention once again to my childhood passion for drawing and painting. I realized that art, regardless of the medium, is an expression and vehicle for my attitudes, sensibilities, and influences. The creative antenna that is required in the search for inspiration to write a song is the same instrument that sparks a painting. This creative inter-changeability informs my paintings through the frequent incorporation of musical influences, imagery, and bold colors to imbue an overall sense of rock & roll. My art is about life on a grand scale in the tradition of Picasso and Warhol, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, and Jagger and Richards.
Ravi Raman is a self-taught artist, born in India. Raised and educated in New Jersey, he is based currently in Washington, DC. Raman likens his arrival in America at the age of five to television going from black and white to high-definition, forty-foot tall, 3-D IMAX. Inundated by American pop culture – television, movies, literature, fashion, art, and especially music – he consumed all of it with such a voracious appetite that its influences still permeate each of his paintings. Identifying himself as an artistic chameleon, he draws inspiration from everywhere while never confined to one singular artistic identity, influence, or style.
After years of pursuing music as his primary artistic outlet, Raman returned to his childhood passion for drawing and painting. It was a revelation to him that his internal creative process for painting and songwriting was strikingly similar. The blurring of the creative processes led Raman to realize that his art - regardless of the medium - is merely an expression of his personal sensibilities, influences, and tastes.
Inspiration for Raman’s paintings are drawn from disparate sources ranging from music to literature to places he has traveled to people he meets. Influences as expansive as Jagger and Richards, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, and pop culture iconography all collide on his canvas. With a penchant for dramatic color and texture and an ever-present tinge of rock & roll musicality, Raman’s paintings are meant to evoke similar sentiments from his audience.
Since 2015, Raman has become a fixture on the Washington, DC art scene with a series of solo and group exhibits at venues throughout the city. As he continues to explore innovative ways to bring awareness to his art, he also has delved into merchandising by featuring his art on cellphone cases, skateboards, and scarves.