Having lived in India for the first 11 years of her life, Shyamal Raguso
‘s work is greatly inspired by the natural beauty of her country, which is includes India’s beaches, the
Himalayan mountains, and the small rural villages where Shyamal spent much of her childhood. The villages are known for having small dirt roads and no electricity, which is why Shyamal feels such a strong connection to nature. After moving to America, Shyamal graduated from Montclair State University with a Fine Arts Degree. Over the years Shyamal developed her own artistic style, which can be seen with her use of light, and a deep space in the landscape. Today, her work can be seen in galleries all over New Jersey and New York.
Shymal Raguso’s paintings look a typical representative of a en-plein-air image of a sunset. However, most would be surprised to note that Raguso’s images are not done outdoors or on scene. Rather, she manipulates photographs of images and imposes her own personal imaginings onto the scene. In this way, Raguso is very unique and innovative. In her painting “Approaching Fog”, one wonders what was real and what was embellished. The mood is ominous, but at the same time peaceful. One gets the sense that while the looming clouds will disrupt the serenity of the scenery, it will also breath new life into the dry lands that have no semblence of life. Shyamal’s works are quietly powerful, manifested by the power and beauty of nature.
2004 Gallery One, Upper Montclair, NJ
2013 The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ
2012 The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ
2008 Somerset Art Association, Bedminster, NJ
2005 Mountain Art Show, Bernardsville, NJ