Ratna Vira is a leading Indian author who is also an accomplished artist. The inspiration for her art came from life around her, influences of social media, and the extension of her imagination. For Ratna, the ability to write and paint is seamless and they both exist in tandem with each other.
Ratna is known for her charcoals, specially faces that express facets and emotions of life. The eyes in her charcoals speak of the stories within, the struggles, and the experiences of the people she draws. She has moved towards expressing herself in mixed-media and collage, and frequently uses recycled materials with traditional fine-art formats. Ratna’s art, like her writing, reflects raw emotion that seems to look deep within you and beyond … almost through you. Her various series include Political Animals (which provides a metaphor for the world around us), Reflections, The Journey Within, and Pukka Indian (which relooks at contemporary Indian women). ‘Do you see me,’ each piece asks, as the lines and the lives merge with her words and brush strokes to create something new, something modern, while remaining timeless.
The Mumbai Mid-Day wrote about her art, saying “Ratna Vira is among the few Indian authors who writes and paints. She is known for her charcoals and mainly makes faces that express the different facets – stories of life and the world. The eyes in her charcoals speak of the stories within the struggles, and the experiences of the people she draws.”