Pooja Pittie

b. 1977

Pooja Pittie is a visual artist who lives and works in Chicago. Born and raised in India, she trained as an Accountant and moved to the U.S. in 1999.

An MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business led her to a career in Finance and Entrepreneurship. In 2016, she decided to pursue her lifelong passion for art and made a career change to focus on painting full-time. Pooja has an incurable and progressive form of muscular dystrophy and her studio practice is a struggle for balance between a slow-moving body and an active mind.

Pooja has completed the HATCH residency at Chicago Artists' Coalition and the Center Program at Hyde Park Art Center. She participated in the Lighthouses on the Mag Mile project in 2018 and has been awarded a contract by the Illinois Capital Development Board's Art-in-Architecture Program to create multiple pieces of public art for Triton College in River Grove, IL.

She was recently nominated for the 3Arts Visual Art Award and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant.