Chitra Ganesh


Chitra Ganesh’s multidisciplinary practice centers on drawing and also includes paintings, murals, films, and texts. Having studied comparative literature and semiotics, she often uses narrative in her work as a way to critically address themes of gender, power, and sexuality. Her imagery is informed by mythology, surrealism, Hindu and Buddhist iconography, South Asian art history, Indian comic books, feminism, science fiction, postcolonial studies, queer theories, and more. 


Ganesh has been collaborating with Durham Press since 2014, producing screenprint and relief editions as well as an extended artist’s book and portfolio.


Represented by Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, and Gallery Espace, New Delhi, Ganesh has been the subject of several individual presentations at these venues. She has also had solo shows at public institutions such as the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York (2020); Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, New York (2019); The Kitchen, New York (2018); Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2018); Times Square, New York (2018; as part of the Midnight Moments series); Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Kishoreganj (2016); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2015); Gothenburg Kunsthalle, Sweden (2012); Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg (2011); and MoMA P.S.1., New York (2009). 


Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Art Institute of Chicago; Baltimore Museum of Art; Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Cleveland Clinic; Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India; Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Ford Foundation, New York; Gwangju Contemporary Art Museum, South Korea; Kadist Foundation, San Francisco and Paris; Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi; Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Queens Museum of Art, New York; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence; Saatchi Collection, London; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.