Cintia Malhotra is a visual artist who was born and raised in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Her family was involved with the local arts community and, as a child, Cintia was encouraged to explore different art forms. Despite having a visual impairment, she chose to focus on the visual arts. Her eyesight is an important factor in her process.
Much of her photography involves a combination of abstraction and personification to create a narrative for the viewer. The titles are an important element supporting the overall vision. There are also bodies of work that are documentary or street photography in style – still captured through the eye of an abstractionist.
After years of working as a designer and photographer, she taught workshops on digital imaging, was an adjunct professor for learning institutions in New Jersey, and has had her photography exhibited nationally. Cintia holds a BFA with a photography concentration and an MS in Graphic Communications Management from Kean University. A 25-year resident of Union County, NJ, she enjoys living close to New York City.
I focus on things or scenes that others would normally ignore in their environment – often reinterpreting and placing them under different contexts. It is a form of escapism which goes back to childhood. Abstraction is a natural tendency due to a combination of a visual impairment and a love of graphic art. Though I occasionally work in color, black and white feels natural and allows me to focus on the elements that mean most. At times it is the space between elements that attracts my attention — how they interact, whether by distance or orientation. Their story unfolds and I am drawn into it.
Though my approach stays constant, steeped in abstraction, I often like to explore social issues and reconnect with the human experience by capturing moments of daily life. Sometimes I prefer to draw or paint as a means of stepping away from technology. This respite is important for my vision to be refreshed and focus on a new project.