Working in the space between abstraction and representation, San Francisco painter Siddharth Parasnis filters landscape and architecture through his imagination and subconscious, creating dynamic, light-filled compositions that almost seem to rise off the canvas. Each image 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. Parasnis 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: 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, to the work of Richard Diebenkorn and others of the Bay Area Figurative movement. 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. In addition to showing his paintings at numerous venues in the U.S., Europe, and India, including museum exhibitions at the Bakersfield Art Museum and Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, he is the recipient of a 2102-13 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and has been featured in publications including The Huffington Post, Art Ltd., and American Art Collector. His paintings are held in public and corporate collections including Dell Computers, the Galesburg Civic Art Center in Illinois, and the South Central Zone Cultural Center in Nagpur, India.