Hi, I’m Shyama (rhymes with llama and the Y is silent).
My oil, acrylic, and iPad paintings use figuration to explore how identity is experienced, performed, and reinforced. My work often focuses on intersectional identities, particularly those of hyphenated-Americans. The subjects I depict are a combination of real and imagined people, with masks and animals often functioning as metaphors for human social dynamics. My BFA is in Graphic Design and I worked as a designer for 10 years before focusing on a career in art.
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