Nikita Gurnani (b. 1992) in San Francisco is a painter based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated with a BA in painting and drawing from California College of the Arts in 2015.
“As a painter I feel compelled to stray away from realism and leave my process exposed. There is something romantic about paint bleeding out of the edges, pencil marks, and a surface that has buckled up due to watered down paint. I work loosely from my own photos or found photos that I alter and crop beyond recognition. Experimenting with ideas of human identity, I pull from my own experience of being a female and I aim to evoke sensuality without objectification. I find inspiration in bizarre moments and intimate spaces; I try to take things out of context and leave room for abstraction, so that my audience can bring their own associations to the works.“