Ramya Sadasivam has been practicing art since 2006. She so loves to portray Indian culture, customs, day to day chores of the hard working laborers, happy village life and life of women.
She is a full time artist from Chennai, and she also undertakes freelance projects. Her works involve practicing art, doing customized works and applying for awards.
As a self-learning artist, She had had a flair for art since her childhood. She found the drawings in the record notebooks very interesting that none of her record notebook drawings went without a little decoration or shading. She tried to pursue B.A. Fine Arts, but was not quite determined. Art is an addiction. Whether she studied it or not, it was vested within me as a dormant form. It is not dormant anymore, and none of my days are elapsing without a practice sketch.
Memory of wanting to be an artist
Back in her high school days, she used to observe her mother doing a water color work. She did a painting of the princess with a crown. She has a natural talent for artworks and craft. She found it very interesting and she wanted to try it. So there she started! Her first one was a pencil work. She did some skeleton and added few shading for her first work. It was pretty ordinary. Slowly my practice started and she realized that she can able to do this completely. This is something she shall realise when she look back. Her painting reflects her emotions, and she paint whenever she feels annoyed or depressed or frustrated. It’s a therapy that cools me off completely. What was once her hobby, is now a platform for me to make her living and also an identity.
When she was in her high school days, she used to watch when she mother did her artwork. As a young girl, she used to fiddle with something in my hand and loosely run around her. She never burdened me with any household work and she had enough time to be independent. I was free and my observation skills sharpened. My drawing master ‘Ibrahim’ did few sketches and he used one of the students in our class as a model and asked us to draw him/her.
Some of the other childhood inspirations came from my fellow mates like Stephen and Imran. They were the boys from North India who stayed in our school hostel for their studies. I am happy to say that I am still in touch with them and they are happy about my growth.
My most favorite medium is oil on Canvas/Masonite board and sometimes pencil too. Favorite subject would be anything like capturing emotions of individuals. I want my art to convey some sort of story be it big or small.
How do I work and approach my paintings?
Usually I do my paintings with a reference in my hand. I go around on tours now and then. There can be nothing as beautiful as villages in our country. I do a sketch in the tours. I also take photographs (a lot of them). I take reference both from rough paintings and photographs too. This would be the technical aspect of approaching a subject.
On looking at psychological aspect, I do not want to paint a posing man or woman. According to me, everything should be natural. I am a big fan of genuine emotions. When couple of individuals, be it two humans or one human and an animal or two animals exist in place together; they do not fail to entertain you. There is some sort of non-verbal communication (sometimes verbal too) which woos me immensely. I consider myself a secret admirer of the situation and I try to capture their emotions. Even when an individual is alone or doing some errand or praying, there is some sort of sincerity that he/she displays towards the situation or the work he/she does. That is something I always like to admire and hence capture.
My Favourite Artists
- SM Panditji from India
- Vladimir Volegov
- Serge Marshinikkov
- Jeremy Lipking
- Cesar Santos
- Daniel Gerhartz