Sweta Shah is an American painter living in Vienna, VA. Originally from Mumbai, India, Sweta moved to Virginia in 2001 where she started her design business. Formally trained as a fashion designer, Sweta started painting at the Art League School in Alexandria VA which is a part of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Abstract figurative and abstract narrative are her main genres of painting. Along with abstracts, making art that is socially relevant is something she enjoys. Sweta studied at The Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and earned her Applied Sciences degree from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
Sweta’s style is strongly influenced by her multicultural exposures. Having lived half her life in Mumbai, her experiences give her diverse perspectives that try to break barriers in the stories and narratives she paints. Her work is rooted and yet contemporary. Her philosophy is to largely let the process dictate the decision making, whilst not losing vision for the work. Sweta paints in both semi-abstract and abstract styles in acrylic and mixed media and her subject matter choices draw from human behaviors.
In 2014 Sweta started painting full time and began regularly showing her work in juried shows at The Art League Gallery in The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria VA. She shows at galleries in the Greater Washington metro area, such as The Athenaeum Gallery, The MPA, Gallery B in Bethesda, MD. In Philadelphia, her works have been featured at The Rush Arts Gallery and has worked with the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation where some of her paintings were re-appropriated to be sold as postcards to fundraise for programs benefiting children. In New York, her work is being shown at The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery and she is scheduled to have her in person show in January-February 2021. She has participated in approximately 40 group shows, one of which got featured in The Washington Post Art and Style section. Sweta recently won “The Art League Award for Best in Show” for her painting called “Embrace” and another ‘Best in Show’ award for a painting from the Embrace Series which is showing at The Athenaeum Gallery in Old Town Alexandria, which is home to The NVFAA (Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association). The Embrace series is soon to be featured by a local magazine, Elan, which will write about her artistic journey and her latest socio-political work called “Black Lives Matter”, a series of 5 paintings, which will be published soon. Currently, her paintings are exhibited on the east coast in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and internationally at The Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, Italy and Gallery Cael in Milan, Italy. Sweta now paints full-time in her home in a suburban neighborhood of DC.
She is currently represented by The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in Chelsea, New York.