Vasu Tolia

"My work focuses on humanity, nature and protecting the integrity of both. I love to create artwork to increase the community's awareness towards issues of racial disparity, gender inequality, cultural differences and broaden minds. I am evolving from representational to abstract paintings."

Enchanting Evening - Mixed media 48 x 36 x 0.7 in.

Vasu found her calling in visual arts after retirement from the medical field. She attended a few classes and learnt some basics from scratch. She is mostly self-taught now. Her personal niche is in depicting humanity, nature, current events and healing arts. She loves to portray human figures, especially stories of women in various roles in representational or abstracted forms. She attempts to translate intangible thoughts and emotions into images that tell stories in abstraction, subject to viewers’ personal interpretations. She likes to capture the essence of the world and glory of nature. Her goals are to impart the quiet serenity and beauty of our universe as is or in abstraction and tell stories about people. Her use of color, light, composition, and presentation is constantly evolving for achieving these endpoints. Her travels inspire her to capture the uniqueness of different cultures and landscapes. Her creations are a window to her thoughts and imagination.

Vasu usually works on a theme with a series of paintings that tell their unique stories while transforming the ordinary into something special. Her vibrantly colorful paintings vary in size and style while maintaining the mystique of the subject so it makes a lasting impression in the viewer’s eye. She creates many paintings which are soothing and very appropriate for Healthcare settings. She writes poems on her own art giving an insight to the viewers about the ideas she poured into her artworks. 

She regularly participates in group exhibitions and is a member of several art groups. She had two solo exhibitions and has a solo show scheduled for August 2022. She wins many awards every year, including best of shows, first, second, third prizes and honorable mentions. One of her paintings on Covid was listed amongst 20 best paintings by Washington Post She’s been featured in several blogs, interviews and in several publications. Her work has been adapted by a gallery to create lifestyle products.

Disco dance - Acrylic 24 x 30 x 1.5 in.
Delivery - Mixed media 24 x 24 x 0.7 in.
Contemplation - Acrylic 48 x 30 x 1.5 in.
Awesome Earth - Mixed media 36 x 48 x 0.7 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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