Avani Patel

Avani Patel in the studio


Avani Patel seeks to interpret the content of music and express it through visual images, to create an environment of joy and passion, which conveys a feeling of dance and festivity. Born in India, Patel immigrated to Pennsylvania with her family at 11 years old. She holds a BA from University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the Tyler School of Arts at Temple University. Patel's paintings are a rhythmic dialogue with music that create a language of abstraction as a means of expressing musical harmony in visual form. Indian performance and various musical styles inspire a system of expression using harmonious elements, and abstract figures, which form patterns on Avani's canvases.

Her paintings have been exhibited in New York, Providence, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Chicago, Dubai, Panama, Portugal, and Mexico. She was invited in 2005 to the American Embassy in Panama to hold workshops in schools and art centers, creating collaborative art installations about everyday objects in personal life. The Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibited two of her paintings from 2002 to 2008 and she worked on the public project America’s Chinatown Voices at Columbus Park in New York City, organized by the Asian American Art Center in 2008 and 2009. Helping to create three hundred panels illustrating stories of Asian Americans in New York, which were publicly displayed in Chinatown. She has held residencies with Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Chashama Visual Arts, and Triangle Workshop.


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