Contemporary Artist Antra Srivastava is graduate with honours in English Literature. Being a poet and a translator her expressions are predominantly poetic in surreal style. An avid traveller, she believes all sort of experiences get infused into the process of painting. Travelling outside helps to travel inside too. Nature has invariably been significant in her art and her concepts generally revolves around it's dynamic energy. Her work is largely based on inner reflections, which generally reflects her sensitivity towards observations, beliefs, values and vast compilation of experiences. Surreal style for her is an emotional, transformative and spiritually rich form of visual expression. Being an army wife, she has conducted various art workshops for the families and children of armed forces as well as in civil to sensitize people about the healing and uplifting power of art and also its economic prospects.
Though the essence of surrealism in her work is indefinable, it remains mysterious, as she says 'I remain both a participant and witness in the entire creative process, the process which proves to be an opportunity to know the creative energy within. It opens up new dimensions hidden inside me.'
Working professionally for 25 years she has been showcasing her work across the country and internationally through numerous solo and group shows. Her works are in collection of Director Anurag Kashyap, Actor and social influencer Anushka sen, various embassies, several VIP Army Messes, Royal Itarana Palace [Alwar], various senior Army/ Govt /corporates/business owners private collections in India and abroad. Her recent participation as an exhibitor was with the India Art Festival 2022 held in Mumbai and at World Art 2022 held in Dubai.
Unveiling our rendezvous with Antra Srivastava
A. How many years you have been in the field of art and why?
It's been a journey of 25 years professionally in this field. I feel the very nature of art has the propensity to fuel the urge of self exploration and unearth the treasure we are looking for. This entire process is transformative and extremely therapeutic.
B. What media you have been using so far?
I have been experimenting with various mediums, Oil, Acrylic, pastels, charcoal, ink, chalk and water colors.
C. What media you are planning to explore in the future?
I would like to use tempera and resin and more of charcoal. Keen to explore mixed media as well.
D. What kind of uniqueness you spotlight using your art?
I like using various textures and elements play a important role in my composition in surreal style. There is always a story or poetery behind each of my artwork I think that brings out the uniqueness in my art.
The E Today is thankful to Antra Srivastava for her valuable time and even to Mr. Hiral Shah, The Chief Editor; who is currently promoting artist from every corner of India and, looking at creating a much needed platform to showcase every artist of the nation.