Featured Artist Member

Featured Artist Member honors the artist members of Berkeley Art Center, highlighting the breadth and variety of mediums, processes and concepts engaged by our community. Only artists whose memberships are current will be considered. To become a member, please sign up HERE. To fill out our Artist Member Informational Survey , click HERE.

Featured Artist May 2016

Riti Dhesi

Riti Dhesi graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.A. in History and University of Hawaii, Manoa with a M.A. in American Studies (Diaspora and Cultural Memory). She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in a bi-cultural household and frequently traveled to India and throughout Asia.

Dhesi’s art transcends borders and incorporates colors and images from both sides of the world.

Artist Statement

I began drawing and painting at a young age and quickly developed a keen interest in color and composition – appreciating form and shape, color and hue in the world around me. And as a formally trained ballet dancer I incorporate my sense of movement, timing and space into my artwork. I enjoy breaking down my subjects to their very essence and highlighting what I see as the core value. My work is largely abstract with occasional hints of reality. I love using acrylic, caran d'ache, graphite, collage, watercolor, paper, wax and canvas.

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area (where I still live) in a bi-cultural household in which we frequently traveled to India and throughout Asia. Growing up I was able to transition seamlessly from one culture to another. My artwork does the same – being at once expansive and personal.

In addition, I have worked in the environmental field for over fifteen years. My love of nature and wild spaces also informs my work.

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Three moons (2009)
acrylic mixed media on watercolor paper, three pieces, 15.5” x 11.5”

Sunrise (2014)
encaustic on wood panel, 12” x 9” x 1”

Sunset on the river (2) (2015)
acrylic and Caran d'Ache on watercolor paper, 11” x 15”

For a list of previously featured Member Artists, click the link for the Index of Featured Artists.