Siddharth Parasnis

Biography

Parasnis balances a sense of physical place with pure color and form. In his recent paintings, he continues to mine the intersection of art, manmade structures, and landscape, filtering reality through his imagination and unconscious, layering shapes and building up regions of luminous color, from turquoise to coral to brick-red. His compositions, infused with light but often spiked with sharp angles, convey complex emotions even as they outwardly depict calm scenes, such as boats on a seashore. It is telling that the artists Parasnis cites as influences—Willem de Kooning, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Oliveira, Richard Diebenkorn—are those he admires for the quality of expression in their art: Hopper for his ambiance; de Kooning for his expressive marks; Oliveira and Diebenkorn for their “spirituality and color.”

Each of Parasnis’s paintings possesses a unique color harmony that the artist captures in a single session, though he may continue to work on the painting for months or years afterward. He calls this capturing “the soul of the painting”; the act that gives the painting “life” or “birth.” Each painting’s structure, too, tends to arise organically, with forms based on places from the artist’s life and travels assuming new relationships and energy as he translates them into paint. Parasnis spent his childhood in India; alongside Hopper, de Kooning, Diebenkorn, and Oliveira, his influences range from pre-modern Indian miniature painting, in which artists conveyed depth through stacked imagery rather than through three-point perspective, to Mark Rothko’s color field paintings. Yet as curator Dieter Tremp has noted, Parasnis’s style is all his own—“full of independent life, in a balance of sensuality and structure unlike anything else we’ve seen so far.”

Born in Pune, India, Parasnis has lived and worked in San Francisco since arriving in 2001 to pursue his MFA. His paintings have been shown at numerous venues in the U.S., Europe, and India, including museum exhibitions at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento and the Bakersfield Art Museum, where his work was exhibited alongside that of Oliveira, Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, Theophilus Brown, and other renowned Bay Area artists. Parasnis is the recipient of a 2102–13 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, with his work reviewed in publications including The Huffington Post, Art Ltd., and American Art Collector. His public and corporate collections include Dell Computers, the Galesburg Civic Art Center in Illinois, and the South Central Zone Cultural Center in Nagpur, India.

Education

MFA, Painting, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA.

BFA, Illustration and Advertising, Directorate of Art, Bombay, India.


Teaching

2005-08 MFA, Directed Study Advisor, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA.


Selected Awards and Grants

2012-13  Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2008 Juried Exhibit, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, CA.

2007 GALEX 41, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL.

2005 XPO XXIV, BJ Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY.

2001 Annual National Juried Exhibition, The Art Society of India, Bombay, India.

1999 Annual National Juried Exhibition, The Art Society of India, Bombay, India.


Museum Exhibitions

2017 78th Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

2016 Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA.

2014 Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA.

2012 Legacy in Continuum: Bay Area Figuration, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA.

2008 Expressions West, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR.

             Painterly Painting: The Next Level, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA.

2007 Juried Exhibit, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA.

2005 74th Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.


Corporate and Public Collections

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA • Mandarin Hotel, San Francisco, CA. • The Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA. • Dell Foundation, Austin, TX. • The Kidney Group, Fort Lauderdale, FL. • Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL. • South Central Zone Cultural Center, Nagpur, India • Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA • Stanford Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

2021 Utopia, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2019 Hues & Harmony, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2018  Serendipity, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2017 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2017  Discovering Color, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2016  Serenity, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

            Solitude, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

2014  Ambiance Not Identity, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San  Francisco, CA.

             Invisible Lines, MA Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK.

             Equivocal Spaces, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2013  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

            Architectonic Hues, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2012  Wanderlust, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Nostalgia, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2009 Habitation, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

             Architecture of Emotion, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Color Fields, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

             I Was There Once, Phoenix Gallery, Park City, UT.

2008 Presence, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2007 Architectural Gestures, Chroma Gallery, Savannah, GA. 2006 Architectural Abstracts, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2003 GO Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland.

Press

PRESS

Selected Artworks

Cityscape #21

Cityscape #21

Oil on Canvas

40 x 30 Inches

220310

Downtown #6

Downtown #6

Oil on Canvas

60 x 24 Inches

220309

Downtown #5

Downtown #5

Oil on Canvas

60 x 36 Inches

220308

Sandy Beach #15

Sandy Beach #15

Oil in Canvas

21 x 66 Inches

220307

California Baja #31 | SOLD

California Baja #31 | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

36 x 36 Inches

220306

Traveling Through the South #26

Traveling Through the South #26

Oil on Canvas

21 x 70 Inches

220305

Colorful Night #13

Colorful Night #13

Oil on Canvas

54 x 54 Inches

220304

Cityscape #23

Cityscape #23

Oil on Canvas

36 x 48 Inches

220232

Cityscape #22

Cityscape #22

Oil on Canvas

30 x 24 Inches

220221

Sandy Beach #14 | SOLD

Sandy Beach #14 | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

30 x 40 Inches

220220

Boats in the Shallow Water #36

Boats in the Shallow Water #36

Oil on Canvas

36 x 36 Inches

220219

Eternity #125

Eternity #125

Oil on Canvas

10 x 34 inches

220183

Sandy Beach #12

Sandy Beach #12

Oil on Canvas

21 x 70 Inches

220182

Traveling through the South #28

Traveling through the South #28

Oil on Canvas

21 x 70 inches

220088

Eternity #124

Eternity #124

Oil on Canvas

12 x 41 Inches

220087

Neighborhood #14

Neighborhood #14

Oil on Canvas

48 x 30 Inches

220059

Colorful Night #14

Colorful Night #14

Oil on Canvas

40 x 40 Inches

220057

California Baja #30

California Baja #30

Oil on Canvas

48 x 60 Inches

220056

A Hut by the Lake

A Hut by the Lake

Oil on Canvas

36 x 36 Inches

220056

Boats in the Shallow Water #34

Boats in the Shallow Water #34

Oil on Canvas

48 x 48 Inches

220054

Boats in the Shallow Water #38 | SOLD

Boats in the Shallow Water #38 | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

56 x 86 Inches

220052

Eternity #126

Eternity #126

Oil on Canvas

56 x 92 Inches

220051

Boats in the Shallow Water #37

Boats in the Shallow Water #37

Oil on Canvas

43 x 74 Inches

220033

Education

MFA, Painting, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA.

BFA, Illustration and Advertising, Directorate of Art, Bombay, India.


Teaching

2005-08 MFA, Directed Study Advisor, Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA.


Selected Awards and Grants

2012-13  Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

2008 Juried Exhibit, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, CA.

2007 GALEX 41, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL.

2005 XPO XXIV, BJ Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY.

2001 Annual National Juried Exhibition, The Art Society of India, Bombay, India.

1999 Annual National Juried Exhibition, The Art Society of India, Bombay, India.


Museum Exhibitions

2017 78th Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

2016 Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA.

2014 Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA.

2012 Legacy in Continuum: Bay Area Figuration, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA.

2008 Expressions West, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR.

             Painterly Painting: The Next Level, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA.

2007 Juried Exhibit, The Art Museum of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, CA.

2005 74th Crocker Kingsley Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA.


Corporate and Public Collections

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA • Mandarin Hotel, San Francisco, CA. • The Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA. • Dell Foundation, Austin, TX. • The Kidney Group, Fort Lauderdale, FL. • Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL. • South Central Zone Cultural Center, Nagpur, India • Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA • Stanford Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

2021 Utopia, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2019 Hues & Harmony, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2018  Serendipity, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2017 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2017  Discovering Color, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2016  Serenity, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2015  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

            Solitude, Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

2014  Ambiance Not Identity, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San  Francisco, CA.

             Invisible Lines, MA Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK.

             Equivocal Spaces, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2013  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

            Architectonic Hues, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2012  Wanderlust, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Nostalgia, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2009 Habitation, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

             Architecture of Emotion, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

             Color Fields, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

             I Was There Once, Phoenix Gallery, Park City, UT.

2008 Presence, Sue Greenwood Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

2007 Architectural Gestures, Chroma Gallery, Savannah, GA. 2006 Architectural Abstracts, Hang Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2003 GO Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland.

Parasnis balances a sense of physical place with pure color and form. In his recent paintings, he continues to mine the intersection of art, manmade structures, and landscape, filtering reality through his imagination and unconscious, layering shapes and building up regions of luminous color, from turquoise to coral to brick-red. His compositions, infused with light but often spiked with sharp angles, convey complex emotions even as they outwardly depict calm scenes, such as boats on a seashore. It is telling that the artists Parasnis cites as influences—Willem de Kooning, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Oliveira, Richard Diebenkorn—are those he admires for the quality of expression in their art: Hopper for his ambiance; de Kooning for his expressive marks; Oliveira and Diebenkorn for their “spirituality and color.”

Each of Parasnis’s paintings possesses a unique color harmony that the artist captures in a single session, though he may continue to work on the painting for months or years afterward. He calls this capturing “the soul of the painting”; the act that gives the painting “life” or “birth.” Each painting’s structure, too, tends to arise organically, with forms based on places from the artist’s life and travels assuming new relationships and energy as he translates them into paint. Parasnis spent his childhood in India; alongside Hopper, de Kooning, Diebenkorn, and Oliveira, his influences range from pre-modern Indian miniature painting, in which artists conveyed depth through stacked imagery rather than through three-point perspective, to Mark Rothko’s color field paintings. Yet as curator Dieter Tremp has noted, Parasnis’s style is all his own—“full of independent life, in a balance of sensuality and structure unlike anything else we’ve seen so far.”

Born in Pune, India, Parasnis has lived and worked in San Francisco since arriving in 2001 to pursue his MFA. His paintings have been shown at numerous venues in the U.S., Europe, and India, including museum exhibitions at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento and the Bakersfield Art Museum, where his work was exhibited alongside that of Oliveira, Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, Theophilus Brown, and other renowned Bay Area artists. Parasnis is the recipient of a 2102–13 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, with his work reviewed in publications including The Huffington Post, Art Ltd., and American Art Collector. His public and corporate collections include Dell Computers, the Galesburg Civic Art Center in Illinois, and the South Central Zone Cultural Center in Nagpur, India.

Siddharth Parasnis
Biography

Press

Alumni + Faculty Fine Art Auction

Academy of Art

October 2018

Link

Catch one of the Best Ever Crocker-Kingsley Exhibitions in Roseville

The Sacramento Bee

February 2, 2017

Paintings Have Root in India

SF Chronicle

May 5, 2016

Siddharth Parasnis at Campton Gallery, SoHo

The Huffington Post

May 27, 2015

Link

30 x 30

ArtNews

May, 2014

Link

A Conversation with Siddharth Parasnis

HuffPost Arts & Culture

May 11, 2012

Link

Siddharth Parasnis

The idea of architectural expression and space has been depicted in painting for centuries, whether actual or abstracted.  Living and working in the San Francisco Bay area, Siddharth sees the proportional elements of the architectural realities while distilling the images down to the abstractions of space, volume and color.    Our eyes linger and discover the complexity of the architectural worlds he create.

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