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Meet Chaya Mallavaram

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chaya Mallavaram.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m a self-taught artist born in Bangalore, India and have been living in the Boston area for nearly 20 years now. I have been drawing and painting all my life. I grew up painting everything from cartoons to portraits to old masters works and fell in love with abstract and contemporary paintings a few years ago and decided to pursue it. When my mother died from Parkinson’s disease in 2009, I began creating contemporary work in all earnestly, hoping to sell my work to raise money for charity. That’s when it dawned on to me how challenging it is to create abstract work, to be able to create something from nothing, with no reference and no guidelines. After many failed attempts, tossing away umpteen number of canvases and painting endlessly, I saw light at the end of the tunnel. I was elated to create a body of work that I hadn’t seen anywhere before.

Please tell us about your art.
I paint impressionistic, abstract and contemporary paintings using acrylic paints, all inspired from my travels and colors of India where I was born. I grew up seeing my mother adorn herself in gorgeous colorful sarees with reds, blues and golds in them, so these colors always make it into my paintings somehow. Also, I’ve been fortunate to travel to some beautiful and exotic places around the world and the textures and colors I have seen there come to my mind when I paint. I like to be adventurous on my canvas, so I take plenty of risks and try new things when I paint. This has been very rewarding as I have been able to discover new techniques and grow as an artist. Along with my paintings I also sell a line of silk scarves (branded “Chartzie”) which are designed from images of my paintings and printed on silk. When it comes to my work, I want people to experience happiness, positivity and beauty when they decorate their space with my paintings or wear my scarves.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
I understand being a full-time artist can be challenging and I’m positive it has its benefits too. I know many full-time artists who are doing quite well. But if finance is their concern then they can support their income with a job or business which has a steadier income flow and also pursue their artwork at the same time. For me, my career as an artist started after many years into my career in information technology, and I found a way to balance both. It can be challenging at times, but I enjoy the balancing act.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can support and buy my work online through the following resources or visit me at one of my events. All links listed below

Art website –
Scarf website –
Facebook –
Instagram –
Events –

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
My husband took my photo and pictures of my art work were taken by me.

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