Ravi Raman is a self-taught artist, born in India. Raised and educated in New Jersey, he is based currently in Washington, DC. Raman likens his arrival in America at the age of five to television going from black and white to high-definition, forty-foot tall, 3-D IMAX. Inundated by American pop culture – television, movies, literature, fashion, art, and especially music – he consumed all of it with such a voracious appetite that its influences still permeate each of his paintings. Identifying himself as an artistic chameleon, he draws inspiration from everywhere while never confined to one singular artistic identity, influence, or style.
After years of pursuing music as his primary artistic outlet, Raman returned to his childhood passion for drawing and painting. It was a revelation to him that his internal creative process for painting and songwriting was strikingly similar. The blurring of the creative processes led Raman to realize that his art - regardless of the medium - is merely an expression of his personal sensibilities, influences, and tastes.
Inspiration for Raman’s paintings are drawn from disparate sources ranging from music to literature to places he has traveled to people he meets. Influences as expansive as Jagger and Richards, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, and pop culture iconography all collide on his canvas. With a penchant for dramatic color and texture and an ever-present tinge of rock & roll musicality, Raman’s paintings are meant to evoke similar sentiments from his audience.
Since 2015, Raman has become a fixture on the Washington, DC art scene with a series of solo and group exhibits at venues throughout the city. As he continues to explore innovative ways to bring awareness to his art, he also has delved into merchandising by featuring his art on cellphone cases, skateboards, and scarves.