Pooja Pittie

b. 1977

Pooja Pittie is a self-taught visual artist who lives and works in Chicago. Raised in Mumbai, India, Pittie trained as an accountant and moved to the U.S. in 1999. While pursuing an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and an entrepreneurial career, she began to develop a self-directed painting practice, and in 2016, shifted her focus to making art full-time. Since then, Pittie has completed the HATCH residency at Chicago Artists' Coalition, the Center Program at Hyde Park Art Center, and the 3Arts Bodies of Work Fellowship at University of Illinois.

Pittie has an incurable and progressive form of muscular dystrophy, and through a practice rooted in painting and fiber, her process explores the ever-changing relationship between a body that is often slow and an active, curious mind.

Pittie is the recipient of the 2022 3Arts Next Level/ Spare Room Award and has been nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. Her work is in the collections of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois, among others.

Watch Pooja tour us thru her recent 2024 exhibition "Only in Dark the Light" https://vimeo.com/942821804

Watch a Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/528105070) about Pooja and the process behind her work

Watch a Vimeo of Pooja in conversation with author Megha Ralpati at her 2021 solo exhibition (https://vimeo.com/643105604)

Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
Only in Dark the Light, 2024
acrylic on canvas
54 x 54 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#13620
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
If There Were Another World, 2024
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#13685
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
Only in Dark the Light, 2024
acrylic on canvas
54 x 54 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#13620
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
If There Were Another World, 2024
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#13685
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
I Thought I'd Find You Here, 2024
acrylic on canvas
54 x 54 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#13619
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
Gathering Stillness, 2023
acrylic on canvas
28 x 22 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#13623
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
Recovering Traces of the Past, 2023
acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#13540
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
Some Speak of the Future, 2023
acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#13541
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
From What is Before, 2023
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#13609
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
A Half-Remembered Dream, 2023
acrylic on canvas
48 x 36 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#13616
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
A Way Between Voice and Presence, 2024
acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#13706
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
Dreamlife, 2023
acrylic on canvas
50 x 40 inches
signed, titled and dated verso
#13497
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
Wanting to Know Reason, 2023
acrylic on canvas
40 x 40 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#13546
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
Still Believing, 2023
acrylic on canvas
40 x 40 inches
signed, dated and titled verso
#13545
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
Untitled, 2023
watercolor on paper
11 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches
signed and dated verso
#13593
Pooja Pittie (b. 1977)
Untitled, 2023
watercolor on paper
11 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches
signed and dated verso
#13594