Duhita Samaiyar

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Duhita Samaiyar


Duhita Samaiyar was born in Bangalore, India in 1969. She attended a Roman Catholic boarding School,  St. Francis Xavier in the same city.  Vacations were spent with her parents on the tea plantations amidst the beautiful, atmospheric and richly bio diverse hills of the Western Ghats in Southern India, which instilled in her a deep love of nature. She loved to draw as a child but decided to pursue studying design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi ( set up in collaboration with FIT, NY), graduating in 1991. After a few years in the fashion industry and launching a brand of childrens' wear stores in India, she moved with her family to Dubai, Cairo and London. She continued to freelance on design projects and while in Cairo, where she lived for 7 years, she engaged local communities of women and created a line of elegantly handcrafted home linen, having always been drawn to tradition and fine craftsmanship. 
>> With her two daughters abroad, one working in the US, and the other doing her masters in Europe, she realized a lifelong dream of studying art. She has completed a 3 year program at the Florence Academy of Art, Italy, graduating in June 2018. She studied the classical, realist methods of the 19th century, drawing inspiration from the great masters of the past and learning the fundamentals of a visual language that developed over centuries. 

She believes there is much to derive from the richness of the human experience, the changes and transformation that takes us deeper into the soul of our own lives, leading us towards greater humility, empathy and compassion. The destruction of the natural world and its critical connection to human well being has a deep resonance for her. She seeks to use this knowledge to work with conviction as an artist and adapt her technique according to the emotion, using her personal aesthetic as her internal compass.

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