Meena Matocha is a contemporary representational painter living and working near her hometown of Austin, TX. She’s been painting and drawing since toddler-hood, her father being her first art teacher, an engineer by trade but an artist at heart. In college, after a brief stint studying pre-med sciences, she went back to her true passion of art and, having the privilege of studying under artists Troy Brauntuch, Dan Sutherland and Michael Mogavero, earned her BA in Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000.
After graduating from college, the pursuit of creating art fell by the wayside. It wasn’t until fighting infertility and the birth of her long-awaited son in 2011 that she found the courage to go back to the art studio (a small corner of the bedroom at the time) and create. Her calling to be a mother motivates her to bring more thoughtful beauty into the world through her calling to be an artist.
Meena uses the figure, the portrait, and scenes of everyday life to explore themes of belonging and acceptance in the context of cultural displacement, in relationships, and within the self. Though she works in a representational style, her work explores color and light in order to vividly capture moments in time, suggestive of how even the most quotidian moments of life are charged with beauty and grace.
Meena feels grateful to have received opportunities to show her work at various spaces in the Austin area, such as Austin Art Space, The Open Doors Gallery, Round Rock Art Space, participating in WEST Austin Studio Tour, and now her first solo show at the Asian American Resource Center.