Within the elastic space between figuration and abstraction, San Francisco painter Siddharth Parasnis creates work that balances a sense of physical place with pure color and form. Known for his landscapes that edge into abstraction, Siddharth Parasnis further explores this fertile zone in his new work, with jumbled buildings that read as layered color fields, and vice-versa. Though no figures appear in the windows or doorways of these structures (“characters make everything too literal,” he has said), we sense the energy of human life beyond the overlapping walls, reflected in the dynamic angles and vibrant colors of the forms Parasnis borrows from actual man-made buildings and alters organically through his process. In his words, “Painting takes the viewer with me on a journey to share that which may be derived directly from life or memory, imagination, or dreams.”
Born in Pune, India, Parasnis has lived and worked in San Francisco since arriving in 2001 to pursue his MFA. His paintings have shown at numerous venues in the U.S., Europe, and India, including museum exhibitions at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, the Triton Museum of Art, and the Bakersfield Art Museum.
Parasnis is the 2016-17 Artist in Residence at STAR Shipyard Trust for the Arts and received a 2102–13 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.