About the Artist

Art is Vasu’s passion in retirement. She is painting mostly independently now. She moved to US from India after completing MBBS. She depicts women in different roles and paints representational and/or abstracted subjects from humanity, nature and ecology. Vasu is inspired by travels, by altering/abstracting found images using acrylic, mixed media and charcoal. She also responds to calls on current events to challenge her imagination. Her dedication to painting is evident from ongoing new themes of work.

Vasu also enjoys writing poetry and prose as well. Advocacy for children is very dear to her with her medical background of having been a Pediatric Gastroenterologist . She donates paintings to many fundraisers for art, education, autism, abuse, Alzheimers disease and to institutions providing free medical care to the indigent population.

Vasu has won many awards in juried shows. Her works are in private collections.

Education

Painting workshops and classes – Local and out of town
MBBS, University of Kolkata, India

Awards:

2020

  • First Place award at JMane Gallery
  • Second prize at Contemporary gallery inline exhibition
  • Fifth Place award at contemporary art online gallery
  • Honorable mention in 5 shows
  • Special recognition in 2 shows
  • Featured artist in jmanegallery


    2018

  • Honorable mention in 2 shows
  • ‘Hold those horses’, in the top 12 for the show International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association Art Competition

    2017
  • First place winner in Huron Valley Council for the Arts

  • Second place winner in colorsofhumanityartgallery

    2016

  • Third Prize Winner in the DSWPS show


    Solo Exhibitions

    • A Woman’s Journey’ from July 12th to Aug 25th, 2017 at the Scarab Club, Detroit.
    • SOLO EXHIBITION: September, 2015 at Padzieski Art Gallery – Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn, MI,

    • Art for Healing of spirit and body – 9 paintings at Beaumont Hospitals 2017 and additional 7 paintings at Taylor Beaumont Hospital from also in 2017

    • Featured in Artsy Shark website as a featured figurative artist in 2017

      Group Shows

    • Participant in 2 juried group shows until 1/ 2021
    • Participant in 21 juried group shows in 2020
    • Participant in 12 juried group shows in 2019
    • Participant in 8 juried group shows in 2018
    • Participant in 14 juried group shows in 2017
    • Participant in 6 juried group shows in 2016

Bibliography

-4 Paintings published in Anniversary issue, vol 2 of Artist Portfolio Megazine 2020

-Scattered Ecstasies participant as a painter for Nov 2020 in collaboration with Poet from Windsor

-Covid-19 painting ‘Doctors’ Despair’ published in Grosse Pointe News, May 2020.

-‘Belle of the Ball’ accepted for – https://www.rattle.com/ekphrastic/2019 and received record 370 poems submitted in response

-Two paintings published in Artist Portfolio Magazine Issue 43, May 2020

-One painting published in ArtAscent Magazine Feb 2020,

-Two paintings published in ArtAscent Magazine Dec 2019

-Scarab Club Annual Book 2015-2020

Membership

  • Scarab Club
  • Anton Art Center
  • Detroit Artist Market
  • Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC)
  • Birmingham Women Painters Society (BWSP)
  • Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors (DSWPS)
  • Manhattan Arts International
  • J Mane Gallery
  • Grosse Pointe Art Center
  • Northville Art Center
  • Alliance for Arts
  • Dearborn Society of Artists
  • Downriver Council for Arts

Artwork for Lifestyle

Invited by Canadian gallery out of Montreal to use my artwork for their clothing and home goods line in Nov 2020. https://www.legaleriste.com/vasu.tolia

Radio

Interview with Frank Beckmann Show – WJR Radio Detroit -2017

Interview with Frank Beckmann Show - WJR Radio Detroit