Manu Saluja

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Manu Saluja

United States

Manu Saluja’s work hangs in public and private collections in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and India. Her paintings are currently on view in the National Portrait Gallery's virtual exhibition hall as part of the BP Portrait Award 2020. Her work has also been exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, The Reach Gallery Museum in British Columbia, and the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art in Wisconsin. She is winner of the 2019 BP Portrait Travel Award, 2013 recipient of The Stobart Foundation Grant., and a 2011 Art Renewal Center Finalist. Saluja has participated in numerous group shows throughout the U.S. Her work is featured in this month's issues of American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Artists & Illustrators. Her 2016 solo show at Hersh Fine Art in Glen Cove, NY was covered in the Huffington Post, and Fast Company Design.

Her current work fuse the urban landscape of New York City with narratives of it's complex and diverse people. Rather than portray a sanitized version of her native city, she shows her subject's vulnerability and resilience, allowing light to flow over the cracked, soiled tiles and rusted steel girders with the same grace it would a garden or Cathedral.

Saluja studied with John Frederick Murray privately and at the School of Visual Arts, receiving her BFA in 1997. She is currently Adjunct Faculty of Painting at the New York Academy of Art in Tribeca, where she received her MFA in Painting in 2013. She also teaches drawing and painting at the Long Island Academy of Fine Art in Glen Cove, NY.

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