Suchitra S. Mattai


Guyana, South America


MFA, Painting and Drawing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
MA, South Asian Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
post-BA study, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
post-BA study, Columbia University, Manhattan, NY
BA, Statistics, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


Nominated for United States Artist Award, Chicago, IL
RedLine Denver Artist in Residence, 2014-2016
Featured Artist, Art on Billboards, Denver Theater District, 2013
Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award nominee 2009
Angelo Savelli Award, Penn School of Design, University of Pennsylvania,
Royal College of Art Fellowship, London, England 2002
Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship Nominee, 2002
U.S. Dept. of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Full Tuition
American Institute of Indian Studies, FLAS Fellowship, Udaipur, India



commissioned installation, Sharjah Art Biennial 14, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
group exhibition, curated bu Grace Aneiza Ali, Pen and Brush, NYC, NY
“Narrative Fiber,” group exhibition, Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, California
“Cultural Encounters: Art of Asian Diasporas in Latin America and The Caribbean, 1945-Present,” traveling group exhibition, Art Museum of the Americas (Organization of American States), Washington, DC


“Small is Beautiful,”group exhibition, Flowers Gallery, London
Pulse Art Fair 2018 with K Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
“Sugar Bound,” solo exhibition, Center for Visual Arts, Metropolitan State University Of Denver, Denver, CO
“Sweet Asylum,” solo exhibition, K Contemporary, Denver, CO (forthcoming)
“Landfall,” solo exhibition, GrayDuck Gallery, Austin, TX (forthcoming)
“Art and Math,” Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
10th Anniversary exhibition, group exhibition, RedLine Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Commisison for Octopus Initiative Lending Library (25 works)
“Made in Colorado,” juried group exhibition,curated by Olga Viso and Cameron Gainer, Emmanuel Gallery and 808 Projects, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO
“Faux Pas Factory,” Platte Forum, Denver, CO
Pink Progression, group exhibition, Denver Public Library, Boulder Public Library, and CVA MSU Denver
Urban Aggregate, curated by Joshua Ware, Georgia Art Space, Denver, CO


“Small is Beautiful,” Flowers Gallery, London, UK
Denver Art Museum/Skyhouse Commissioned Installation, Denver, CO
Liminal Space, group exhibition, curated by Grace Anezia Ali, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York, NY
Axis Mundi, group exhibition Platte Forum, Denver, CO
Nice work if you can get it, group exhibition, RedLine Denver, Denver, CO
“Prism and Paradox,” group exhibition, curated by Leah Brenner Clack, Druther, Denver, CO
A Modern Baroque, group exhibition, Helikon Gallery, Denver, CO
Denver Collage Club, Alto Gallery,Denver, CO
group exhibition, Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO
RedLine Contemporary Art Center juried exhibition, Denver, CO
Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO


Gaze, 3 person exhibition, Platte Forum, Denver,CO
Landscapes, group exhibition, BFP Creative, Brooklyn, NY
Typecast, group exhibition, Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC
Ridiculousness, group exhibition, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO
Monumental, resident artist group exhibition, RedLine Denver, Denver, CO
Tear, Cut and Paste, group exhibition, Art Gym, Denver, CO
Experimental Video Exhibition, two-person exhibition, Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO
Art of the State, group exhibition, Arvada Center, Wheatridge, CO
Visitation, group exhibition, GrayDuck Gallery, Austin, TX
Revisionist, solo exhibition, Artworks Loveland, Loveland, CO
Intrepid Garden, two-person exhibition, Buell Theater, Denver Performing Arts Center, Denver, CO
The Institute for Non-Bizarre Treatments, group exhibition, RedLine Denver, Denver, CO


Gone Green, group exhibition, RULE Gallery, Denver CO
Just Playing, group exhibition curated by Petra Sertic, RedLine Denver, Denver, CO
Faculty Triennial, Victoria Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, Denver, CO
RedLine Gala Exhibition, group exhibition, RedLine Denver, Denver, CO
On the Land, group exhibition, Gallery 970, Loveland, CO


Manifest Destination, solo exhibition, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO
Rocky Mountain High, group exhibition, Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO
Direct Connect Collaborative Exhibition, group exhibition, Hinterland, Denver, CO and Neurotitan, Berlin, Germany
From Here to There: Drawing Exchange, group exhibition, curated by Mary-Ann Kokoska, Wales and Fort Collins, CO
Suchitra Mattai, solo exhibition, Volume curated online exhibition space,
Art on Billboards, curated by Ivar Zeile, Denver, CO


The Freshness of Mourning, solo exhibition, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO
Nothing: Real. Deep., two-person exhibition, Groundswell Gallery, Denver CO
Visual Environments: Pattie Lee Becker and Suchitra Mattai, two-person exhibition, GOCA Galleries, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
Five by Five, group exhibition, Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO
Exquisite Corpse, Group Exhibition, Groundswell Gallery, Denver, CO


Juried Group Show, curated by Adam Lerner of the MCA, Pirate Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
Affordable Art Fair, group exhibition, Tria Gallery, New York, NY


Wapatui, group exhibition, GrayDuck Gallery, Austin, TX
Affordable Art Fair, Tria Gallery, New York, NY
Melissa Furness, Suchitra Mattai and Jack Atkinson, Beacons Creative Community,    Denver CO
Modern Civilization, 4-person exhibition, GrayDuck Gallery, Austin, TX


Insiders/Outsiders, group exhibition, Pirate Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
Hypomania, solo exhibition, Boom Gallery, Denver, CO


Bi-polarized, solo exhibition, 11th Ave Gallery, Denver, CO


New American Paintings, group exhibition in print, Oct./Nov. 2008 Issue


Across and Between, juried group exhibition (prize recipient), juror: Matthew Higgs, curator, White Columns, NY, Main Line Arts, Haverford, PA


Annual Juried Exhibition, group exhibition, Abington Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Faculty Works on Paper, group exhibition, Penn School of Design, Philadelphia,  PA


Homeward Unbound, solo exhibition, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA


A View from the 21st Floor, solo exhibition, Le Meridian Artist Series, Minneapolis, MN
Art Per Chance, group exhibition & auction, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN


MFA Thesis Show, group exhibition, Gallery Siano, Philadelphia,
GSFA Awards Show, group exhibition, Meyerson Gallery, U. of Penn., Philadelphia, PA
New Works: Suchitra Mattai and Hilary Takiff, two-person exhibition, Graduate Student Center Gallery, U. of Penn., Philadelphia, PA


Art in Public Space, group exhibition, storefront gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Flipside, group exhibition, Fox Gallery, U. of Penn., Philadelphia, PA
Fox Family Juried Group Exhibition, Fox Gallery, U. of Penn., Philadelphia, PA

Teaching Experience

University of Denver, Denver, CO
Lecturer, 2-D Approaches, 2014-current

University of Virginia, Semester at Sea Program
Lecturer, Drawing and Painting, Fall 2014

University of Colorado, Denver, CO
Lecturer, Drawing I, 2013

University of Virginia, Semester at Sea Program
Lecturer, Painting, Drawing, Spring 2012

University of Colorado, Denver, CO
Lecturer, Drawing I, 2-D Design, 2011

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Lecturer, Visual Studies, Drawing, 2005-2007

College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, St. Joseph, MN
Asst. Professor of Studio Art, 2003-2004

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Lecturer, Painting and Drawing, 2002-2003


Michael Paglia, “Bitter Sweet”, Westword, September 12, 2018
Kirschner, Noelani, “Portraits of Colonialism: Suchitra Mattai,” The American Scholar,” August 20th, 2018,
Joshua Ware, Other Narratives Other Histories, Entropy Journal, April, 2018,
Christinea Nafziger, interview, Create Magazine, 2018
Mailee Hung, Fan Mail, DAILYSERVING on-line art journal,, September 15, 2016
Kealey Boyd, Dismantling the Conventions of Monuments, Hyperallergic, Mar. 15, 2016
Susan Froyd, 100 Colorado Creatives 3.0: Suchitra Mattai, Westword Feb. 16, 2016
Susan Froyd, Gallery Sketches: Four New Shows in Denver and Boulder for January 8-10, cover image, “Hot Spot, Suchitra Mattai, 2016” Westword, January 8, 2016
Ray Rinaldi, “Denver’s Rule Gallery connects art to nature — and Astro Turf,” Denver Post, January 1, 2016
365 days 365 Artists Blog,, October, 23, 2015
Hyperallergic Labs Tumbler, “Don’t underestimate me”
2015, mixed media on canvas, October 4, 2015
Michael Paglia, “Everything’s a Game in the Compelling, Just Playing, at RedLine,” Westword, February 25, 2015
Resistance On-Line Journal,, 2014
Nathaniel Kelly, “Landscapes large and small, visual and aural, visit GOCA :Sensory overload,” Colorado Springs Independent, July 31, 2013
Theresa Anderson’s Art Blog,, June, 2013
Arthound Blog Brooklyn,, March 3, 2011

Artist Registries, Organizations, Etc.

White Columns Artist Registry, New York, New York
Board of Directors,Platte Forum,DENVER,CO
The Drawing Center Viewing Program, New York, NY
The Irving Sandler Artist File, Artist’s Space, New York, NY
Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY