Reena Dewan, was born in 1972 in Delhi in a family, where emphasis was always on academics. While painting in the drawing class in school gave her immense pleasure, at home, it was considered an absolute waste of time. In class II securing Ist position in an art competition did not draw any applause or encouragement from parents as they wanted her to focus on academics. Thus, art remained buried in some corner of her heart while she grew up to join the corporate world. As she continued to grow in her career, achieving many accolades and awards at Asia pacific and global level even she forgot about the dormant artist in her.
In 1997 she got married to Sharad Dewan, who was from a creative field and his family had a flare for art. At her in laws place, there were many paintings around, which inspired her to paint her first painting, while she was on maternity leave in 1999.
That one painting was so inspirational for her that it woke up the artist in her, this time never to sleep again. She nurtured this passion for art, and in 2007, when she left her flying carrier in corporate she began her beautiful journey of re discovering, bringing out and now training the artist in her. In between she also trained herself in classical dancing to complete the artist in her.
She then joined Birla art academy and topped the college for the first three years. She later did her Masters in Appreciation of Indian Art from Nagpur University.
Since then, there’s been no stopping her.
Reena is the winner of Customer Delight Award at Asia Pacific level and winner of Demand Generation Award at Global level.
She was awarded fellowship of 'ArtThinkSouthAsia' 2017-2018 batch for a 45 days intensive training program to build potential leaders in Museums, Received Emerging Scholars Award by Common Ground Research Networks, presented papers in Iran and Egypt on full travel grant and has also been nominated for 'Aparajita 2017' award as Woman Achiever by Sanmarg Newspaper.
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A practicing painter & sculptor herself she understands the healing benefits of Art and hence for her "inclusive" also means inclusion of all age groups. She has been developing Programs to include corporate employees, Students, Senior Citizens, Stay-at-home parents etc. With focus on young minds her intention is to encourage activities/programs that develop a habit in them of visiting museums and art centers from an early age.
Her expertise is in Conducting Art Workshops, Development of various programs such as Visitor’s Engagement, Art Appreciation & Educational programs. Business Development and Relationship Building remains her core strength to make all her endeavors successful.
She has also performed on Canvas live with various International Artist’s alongside her like, Soprano Susan William, Pianist Jennifer Heemstra, Violinist Wendy Case, Violist Kirsten Doctor, Pianist Cellist Amir Eldan, Vocalist Chelsea Coyne, Saxophonist Jim Forger, Pianist Deborah Moriarty and Cellist Carrie Pierce. You can only expect fresh perspective in her paintings. Her favorite subject is to see the Grey things in our society and present them with bright hues. Thought provoking but never dull!