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Artist Statement

I try to make sense of the world just like anyone else. Sometimes, my sense is that one must not be of this world all the time. It’s a game of numbers, values, and arbitrary structures, all claiming to be the real deal. It is not. My work is to keep after the real.

 About Padma Prasad

Padma started painting seriously after coming to America in 1997. From 1986 to 1997, she taught English Literature at Stella Maris College, Chennai, India. Her need to recreate life at home in India led her to express herself in art, something she could do only because of the training and advice she received from her artist father, Dr. M. Reddeppa Naidu. For her, each painting is a joy of discovery, of remembering lines, colors, and spaces; the blank canvas is a powerful excitement to the mind. Originally, her work was mostly figurative; currently she is in an exciting phase of exploring abstraction and conceptualism.


  • Celebrating the Now – group show, Village Gallery, Fairfax, 2017

  • Art & Poetry – group show, Village Gallery, Fairfax, 2016

  • Juried show – Busboys and Poets, Maryland 2015 -2016

  • Enclave Silver Spring Art Contest and Show, Maryland, 2009

  • Group Show, Alliance Francaise, Bangalore, 2009

  • Artomatic – 2008; my work “Concert at GMU” selected for the press release/blurb

  • Solo Show, Empowered Women International, Alexandria, VA, 2006

  • Continuous, on-going shows at Fairfax Art League, Fairfax, VA

  • Juried solo show, Toronto Public Libraries, Ontario, Canada, 2001

 Some achievements

•       2nd prize in the Annual Spotlight on the Arts show, Fairfax, 2017

•       Painting: ‘A Life of Flowers’ featured as cover for Your Impossible Voice, issue 5, 2014

·        People’s Choice Award, Fairfax Art League Exhibition, 2010

·        Best of show, Fairfax Art League Exhibition, 2005

·         Juried solo show, Toronto Public Libraries, Ontario, Canada, Nov, 2001

·        Painting ‘Barbecue’ juried and exhibited at the 26th Peel Region Annual Juried Art Show, Ontario, 1999


Private collections in France and US