Silver Street Studios: Manika Srivastav

Manila Srivastav (Indian-Born) is, in general a figurative painter but with a penchant to aggressively incorporate abstraction. The resulting works are intended to present a figure (or more) in a way that some narrative component is supplied. In my opinion, not all pieces speak to me; I don’t always understand how the abstract component is supposed to inform the figure. Therefore, Srivastav has to lead my eye around the composition using line, shape, color and form.

The pieces shown here are my favorites that are currently available in her studio. If you want to see them in person, you may during any Second Saturday event (2-5pm) at Silver Street Studios (2000 Edwards St., #305). You can also email the artist at

(All photos by Matt Adams.)

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