Ruchi Rai is a Textile and Surface designer based in Sydney NSW. Her ever evolving love for Colour and design inspired her to explore her passion onto canvas in various styles and techniques.
Ruchi's journey with colour and design started in New Delhi, India where she completed a three year course in Textile design. While there she gained some experience of free hand painting on silk and chiffon Sarees which was like painting on a large canvas.
Ruchi travelled around the world with her husband and explored different landscapes and cultures like Greece, Italy and Japan to name a few. In 1994 she moved to Australia with her husband and now calls Australia home. The amazing Australian landscapes, ocean and rich and colourful Indian textiles have been the main source of inspiration for her artworks.
Ruchi mainly works with acrylics. She believes in spontaneity and free flow of strokes. Each piece is started with some visual understanding of its flow and direction and as it progresses it takes its own path and slowly develops its own character, story and depth.
Ruchi's paintings have been well received within Australian homes and overseas.
“Abstraction to me is no boundaries and a feeling of free spirit. There are no expectations, there are no intentional movements and no calculative brush strokes. Many times they are just happy accidents! It is a pure connection of body, mind and soul with the colours, shapes and strokes. I always work one piece at a time from start to finish. Each piece is unique and requires a connection to happen for the creativity to flow and for the paintings to connect and talk to me. My favourite part and the most important is working with white and neutrals for softness and placing rich and bold colours in together on the canvas creating a playful yet creative composition”.
2012 – 2013: Diploma in Surface Design (International school of Colour and Design, North Sydney)
2011 – 2012: Cert IV in Colour and Design (International school of Colour and Design, North Sydney)
1988 – 1989: 1 year Diploma in Fashion design, New Delhi INDIA
1985 – 1988: 3 year Diploma in Textile Design, New Delhi INDIA
Designer Rugs award (ISCD) – Finalist
Exhibitions & Art Shows
2019 – Lindfield Art show
2018 – Lindfield Art show
2018 – Oakhill College Art show
2018 – St Thomas Art show
2018 – Balmain Art show
2017 – Lindfield Art show
2017 – Oakhill Art show
2017 – St Thomas Art show
2017 – Balmain Art show
2016 - Affordable Art fair Singapore ( Retrospect galleries)
2016 - St Thomas Art and Craft show
2016 – Lindfield Art Show and fair
2016 - Pymble Ladies College Art show
2015 – Pymble Ladies College Art Show
2015 – Balmain Art Show
2014 – Pymble Ladies College Art Show