Rahul Mitra is an artist, printmaker, writer, scientist and entrepreneur, born in Hyderabad, India, now living in Houston. Mitra uses visual language drawn from the street to interpret personal, socio-political dialogues exploring poverty, ennui, custom, love, strangeness, technology, and linguistics captured as moments in life in urban spaces. His linocuts, drawings and paintings have been exhibited in 25 exhibitions in 8 countries in the last 3 years. He is one of the selected artists at the First Printmaking Triennial of ULUS in Serbia and Texas Biennial, 2011. He has also been instrumental in bringing the first contemporary Indian Art exhibition to Houston and curated a show of Houston artists in India. His stories have been published in literary journals, US and UK. He is active in Houston art scene and now also writes for the Visual Art Source, an online art magazine.
My work is a summation of the growing cultural, economic and environmental disparity in the urban spaces. As in a literary work, I present a glimpse into the private worlds of the characters. The life and the environments presented here echo my own life as I move through several strata of the society. The issues of the daily life like poverty, ennui, and strangeness fight with optimism, for space in these works. Conceptually, the ideas and themes presented here are universal, while the language and settings are based on my personal experiences. I hope to instigate a thought that could lead to a dialogue, to ask and answer the question that the characters in my work want to ask - what are we struggling for?
I chose to bring these scenarios to life through painting, printmaking, drawing and installations. Growing up in India I am influenced by the street art including the now extinct cinema poster painting and American the comic books from 1930s to 1960s, which were available in India. Currently, I am involved in reviving the Indian cinema poster painting by working with a few poster painters.