Kavita’s art tells you a little bit about her. The realist who doesn’t flinch in painting abandoned urban spaces and the poet who seeks beauty in that grime. She is the person who finds comfort in the ordinary, in the clothes drying on a line, in the familiarity of graffiti, while simultaneously at ease with the spiritual. Her abstracts are contemplative, the simplicity misleading until you notice the purpose in the brush strokes.
Kavita is also an accomplished portrait photographer and has shot many luminaries including UstaadAmjad Ali Khan, KuldipNayyar, Shananz Hussain, Deepa Malik, Laila Tayyabji, Suhel Seth, Shovana Narayan among many others. Sometimes, when the mood strikes her, she is also a poet. She makes the time, between professional assignments, to pursue her greatest passion – painting.
Kavita was born and brought up in small town India, where the closest city lay many miles across the Konar River. In a place where the news was a day old, the present was occupied with climbing trees, swimming in the river, listening to the sounds of the santhals echo across the hills and drawing the world around her. In the years that followed, Kavita lived in Bombay (where she studied Sociology at St. Xavier’s College and Mass Communications at Sophia College), Pittsburgh (where she did her Masters in TV Production), and Atlanta, Georgia (where she worked with CNN at their international headquarters).
Over the last two decades, Kavita has worked across media – tv, film, print and the internet. She ran a successful film production company for many years before moving to web design and then to Ogilvy. She now lives in Delhi and runs her own graphic design company – Red.
The design aesthetic of each of these experiences come together in her personal work – the film maker’s ability to capture a moment in time, the television producer’s eye for the quirky and the topical and a designer’s grasp of colour and contrast. Kavita has experimented with oils, acrylic, water colour and digital art, though her preferred medium remain oils on canvas.