IMAGINE (aka Sneha Shrestha) is a Nepali artist who paints mindful mantras in her native language and meshes the aesthetics of Sanskrit scriptures with graffiti influences. Her works can be described as thoughtful yet irreverent pieces, marrying the beauty of an elegant script with the mantras she often incorporates into her canvases.
When not painting these intricate pieces, Sneha paints bold larger than life walls. Being the first to mesh Nepali Alphabets with American graffiti, she has shown her work in several exhibitions, commissioned works and public walls around the world including Boston, Kathmandu, Bali, Istanbul, Phnom Penh and Geneva. She has created work for clients such as Facebook, Harvard, Reebok, Montana Cans, Trip Advisor, Neiman Marcus and Red Bull.
Sneha is an artist, educator and social entrepreneur from Kathmandu, Nepal. She established Nepal’s first Children’s Art Museum to provide a creative space where children and youth can develop 21st century skills through project based art experiences. Before working on the Children’s Art Museum of Nepal, Sneha worked at Artists for Humanity, which played a huge role in inspiring her to dedicate her life to art, education and innovative social impact.
Sneha graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master’s degree in Education. During her time at Harvard, Sneha explored the effective leadership in education and the intersections of creativity, technology and learning. Currently, she is the Boston Artist in Residence and is also working as the Arts Manager designing the Visiting Artist Program at the Harvard South Asia Institute.
Sneha Shrestha will serve as the Ifill Mentor-in-Residence from March 20th through March 22nd, 2019.