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Ravi Raman - RTunes68

Silver Spring, MD

Ravi 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.

He characterizes his works as “modern Pop Art,” although, as whim strikes, he often veers into abstract and minimalism. The common strand in his eclectic works is his penchant for arresting colors as well as an ever-present edgy tinge of rock & roll and urban sensibilities.

Raman draws inspiration for his paintings from disparate sources ranging from music to literature to social media to pop culture. Influences as expansive as Picasso and Warhol, Jagger and Richards, and Hemingway and Fitzgerald all collide on his canvas.

Since 2015, Raman’s work has been shown at solo and group exhibits at venues and galleries throughout Washington DC, New York City, Maryland, and Virginia. His works also are in collectors’ homes throughout the country. As he continues to explore innovative ways to bring awareness to his art, he has delved into merchandising and currently is soliciting licensing possibilities.
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"In a word, music. I always have music playing when I paint. A musical backdrop is essential to my creative process. I can only compare it to meditating where I shut out all other distractions, “turn off (my) mind, relax, and float downstream,” as the Beatles’ song goes, and enter a head space where I can create. What I’m painting and the music I’m listening to at that moment might be unrelated, but I believe that music does have a subliminal, below-the-surface influence on my work."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I’d like them to view my art and feel a sense of possibility – that life can be a grand celebration and sometimes even larger than life. My inspirations and influences include artists, musicians, and writers who all are larger-than-life figures – Picasso, Warhol, Jagger and Richards, Hemingway, Fitzgerald. I’d like people to feel that same sense of grandeur from my art."
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"I’m a firm believer in the importance of “happy accidents.” One of my favorite paintings was the result of a happy accident. I’d spent weeks trying to paint a realistic depiction of a woman’s fur coat. I wasn’t getting it right and had made so many attempts that the surface of the canvas had become a lumpy, unworkable mess. In a “go big or go home” moment, I decided I was going to chisel the lumpy paint using a screwdriver and sand the canvas surface so that I could make one final attempt to capture the texture of fur properly. What I discovered was that as a result of chiseling and sandpapering, I’d accidentally gotten the perfect rendering of fur underneath all the layers of paint. Realizing that I could never reproduce this painting, I kept it for myself as a reminder that sometimes creative magic happens when you ease the reins of control and allow for happy accidents."
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