Siddharth Parasnis

The idea of architectural expression and space has been depicted in painting for centuries, whether actual or abstracted.  Siddharth sees the proportional elements of the architectural realities while distilling the images down to the abstractions of space, volume and color.  Our eyes acknowledge the architecture.  Our eyes also linger and discover the complexity of the architectural world Siddharth has created.  The juxtaposition of colors as abstract elements may also be representations of shadows or sunlight.  The worlds created are both real and unreal depending upon how we want to acknowledge the proportions and hues.  To see his most recent work explore water and boat shapes seems to be a natural continuation, especially living and working in the San Francisco Bay area. 

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Biography

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.

Corporate and Public Collections
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.

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.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 Serendipity. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
2017 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, 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.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2016 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Context NY, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY.
Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2015 Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.
PS Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA.
2014 Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Southampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Southampton, NY.
Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.
Silicon Valley Contemporary, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
San Jose, CA.
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA.
2013 Art Wynwood, Miami, FL.
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
Palms Springs, CA.
2012 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA.
2011 Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2010 SF Fine Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2009 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2008 AAF-Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY.
22nd International Juried Show, Visual Art Center of NJ, Summit, NJ.
2004 2nd Annual International Exhibition, World Trade Center, Jakarta, Indonesia.

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.
1998 11th All India Art Contest, South Central Zone Cultural Center,
Nagpur, India.

Selected Publications and Reviews
2016 American Art Collector, By John O’Hern
2015 Huffington Post, by John Seed
2012 Huffington Post, by John Seed
2010 American Art Collector, by Joshua Rose
2009 Southwest Art, by Bonnie Ganglehoff
Art Ltd., by Dewitt Cheng
Orange Coast, by Anastacia Grenda
American Art Collector, by Joshua Rose
Art Scene, by Daniella Walsh
Rivera Magazine, by Roberta Carasso
Coast Magazine by Daniella Walsh
2008 American Art Collector, by Joshua Rose
ARTWORKS Magazine, by Erin Clark
2007 The Architecture of Emotion, by Peter Campion
Savannah Morning News, by Allison Hersh

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Selected Artworks

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.

Corporate and Public Collections
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.

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.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2018 Serendipity. Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.
2017 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, 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.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2016 Context Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Context NY, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY.
Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2015 Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.
PS Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA.
2014 Miami Context, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Miami, FL.
Art Southampton, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Southampton, NY.
Art Silicon Valley, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Mateo, CA.
Silicon Valley Contemporary, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
San Jose, CA.
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA.
2013 Art Wynwood, Miami, FL.
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery,
Palms Springs, CA.
2012 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA.
2011 Art Market SF, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2010 SF Fine Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
2009 LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2008 AAF-Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY.
22nd International Juried Show, Visual Art Center of NJ, Summit, NJ.
2004 2nd Annual International Exhibition, World Trade Center, Jakarta, Indonesia.

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.
1998 11th All India Art Contest, South Central Zone Cultural Center,
Nagpur, India.

Selected Publications and Reviews
2016 American Art Collector, By John O’Hern
2015 Huffington Post, by John Seed
2012 Huffington Post, by John Seed
2010 American Art Collector, by Joshua Rose
2009 Southwest Art, by Bonnie Ganglehoff
Art Ltd., by Dewitt Cheng
Orange Coast, by Anastacia Grenda
American Art Collector, by Joshua Rose
Art Scene, by Daniella Walsh
Rivera Magazine, by Roberta Carasso
Coast Magazine by Daniella Walsh
2008 American Art Collector, by Joshua Rose
ARTWORKS Magazine, by Erin Clark
2007 The Architecture of Emotion, by Peter Campion
Savannah Morning News, by Allison Hersh

Biography

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.