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Shilo Ratner

"Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in the heart" —author unknown

Meditation is one of my biggest influences in the work I create. Unless I am working on a commission that is very structured due to following a digital sketch for the collector. I generally work intuitively. Often just beginning with a shape and letting the piece evolve to completion. It is a process that has evolved over the years in the creation of my work.

What artists influenced your work? 

I remember looking at art books as a child and feeling inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe, Van Gogh, Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky, etc. Art has always been something that I have gravitated towards as a form of self-expression. While I continue to be inspired by all art, two artists inspire my work to this day. I feel a pull from both the paintings and the conceptual work of Dorothea Rockburne. She has been making art since the ’60s and the evolution of her work is inspiring. Another artist who has influenced me with his continuous shifting from figurative work to abstraction is Bay Area Figurative artist Richard Diebenkorn. Viewing both artists and the lifetime of their ever-evolving aesthetic, I can see their influences and a correlation to the work I do in the studio.

My mother had me as a teen and she was an orphan so my early childhood was very transient and tumultuous. Coming from such humble beginnings, art and my abundant imagination was my constant. To this day my imagination continues to be a guiding light in my chosen career as an artist.


My artwork has been selected for exhibitions by jurors Theophilus Brown, Rita Gonzalez, Dore Ashton, Dean Sobel, and Donna Seager. 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 a myriad of public and 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.

Shilo Ratner lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut