Ricky Vasan

BFA '23 Painting

My work is a quiet celebration of the minutiae of life. I find inspiration in intimate moments and private spaces. The figures I choose to paint are often significant people in my life, and it is through this autobiographical lens that I attempt to tell a story. Inventive colour relationships and geometric shapes act as artifacts of our connection to culture based recollection and our individual cognizance. I am interested in creating a surface that is full of history, each mark recalling cherished experiences. Spaces collapse, figures vibrate and objects are superimposed on top of one another. The resolution of these paintings comes from a search. The lines and swatches of colour are the revelatory instruments. The goal is to tap into a tender moment bereft of logical perception of time, accuracy and space. In a way that resembles our perception of memory and is faithful to our way of remembering.

Ricky Vasan is a representational painter from Dehradun, India currently based in Boston Massachusetts. He received his BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in 2023. Vasan has exhibited his work locally and internationally. Recently he was an artist in residence at Galerie ISA, Mumbai where he also had his debut solo exhibition. He has been a recipient of the George Nick award, The Rob Moore Grant and The Kofi Kayiga auction award.