Color. Rhythm. Space. Value. Stroke. Each element contributes its own composition to the whole, and all must integrate to form a successful painting. Rohini Ralby brings to her work a masterful understanding of this integration, drawn from a range of disciplines.
In addition to studying Chinese calligraphy, Rohini trained in Tai Chi Chuan with T. R. Chung, disciple of Kuo Lien Ying. During her undergraduate years at Washington University in St. Louis, she worked with Leslie Laskey, Annelise Mertz, and Nelson Wu. After earning her M.A. in dance at Mills College, she established herself as a well-known Tai Chi teacher in Cambridge, MA before becoming a close personal disciple of Swami Muktananda Paramahamsa, who instructed her one-on-one in internal contemplative practice for several years.
In 2012, Bancroft Press published Rohini’s book Walking Home with Baba: The Heart of Spiritual Practice.
Rohini works at the confluence of multiple artistic and spiritual traditions. All her teachers supported the primacy of where within the artist an artwork emerges; to allow art to manifest from the deepest levels, one has go beyond the merely technical.
In 2011, Rohini took up her brush and began expressing on paper, canvas, and panel compositions in oil that vibrate at the frequencies that underlie conventional signification. Her pictorial languages have evolved with her contemplative and artistic practice.