Piya Samant is a self-taught visual artist and art curator. Born and raised in India, she now resides and works out of her home studio in Massachusetts. She got her Masters and MBA in technology and after working in the Tech world for well over a decade, she decided to pursue her career as a full-time artist in 2014.
Piya works primarily in oil on wood and paper but also enjoys working in graphite, ink and gouache. She paints commissioned portraits of people, pets and homes. Her current body of work features two ongoing series: HOPE, a floral still-life series and LIFE, a figurative series. Her work is available to view and purchase online and in local museums, galleries and cafes in Massachusetts. She is represented by PXPContemporary and ArtsPlus galleries.
Beauty is fleeting and my desire to capture the beauty of life (be it human, flora or fauna) is irresistable. As an introvert, I connect more with people's body language and less with their words. Through paintings I attempt to immortalize the beauty of my subjects in their entirety; not just their face/body but also their character. Floral still lives are a painting delight because I am able to project emotions onto unsuspecting flowers through the play of light and strategically placed brushstrokes.
"If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint."
- Edward Hopper
"I'm an Indian immigrant, naturalized American citizen, speak 6 languages, have worked in two extremes of career spectrum - Tech and Art and I enjoy working with multiple visual mediums at the same time. For majority of life, I've attempted to hide my eclectic background, interests and experiences in an attempt to blend in rather than stand out.
Becoming a mother changed that . I realized that diverse experiences and interests enriched my children's lives. This transformation was organic and it seeped into my art journey. My paintings today better reflect me as a person and artist and don't mask the past.
My artwork is my memoir written in paint."