About

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Artist Shilo Ratner

I grew up in the beach town of Brant Rock, MA.  I obtained a  degree in design in 2000 from Curry College in Milton, MA.  Furthered my studies out east at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston as well as at Massachusetts College of Art. My pursuit of a career in painting brought me out west to San Francisco where I earned an MFA in painting from the Academy of Art University.

My life long pursuit has been for a deeper understanding of truths in spiritual traditions and the common thread that unites humanity. After earning my MFA, I traveled internationally with intention, intrigued by the symbols and practices of many religions. During my travels, I visited Buddhist and Hindu temples in Malaysia and Indonesia. In a rural village in Brazil, I had a powerful shift in consciousness that inspired my series “From Within”.  Returning to contemporary life between these significant journeys has allowed me to express work that is about the “whole” experience vs only focusing on one or the other as my approach embraces various spiritual and cultural experiences through a visual language.

In 2009, I was recognized with an award juried by Bay Area Figurative artist William Theophilus Brown in a San Francisco based exhibition. In, 2016 I was once again presented with an award at the “The 105th Exhibition”, Mystic Museum of Art by Jurors Darby Cardonsky and Will Lustenader in Connecticut. In, 2020 I was awarded best in show juried by Geaninne Gutierrez-Guimaraes the Associate Curator, Guggenheim Museum. My paintings have been selected for exhibitions by jurors Theophilus Brown, Rita Gonzalez, Dore Ashton, Dean Sobel, and Donna Seagar. I’ve also exhibited in museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Mystic Museum of Art, and The Slater Memorial Museum.  My paintings can be found in myriad of private art collections in the United States and abroad.

Currently, I live in New Haven, CT, and am an active practicing artist in the New York Metropolitan area.

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