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 United States in 1999. An MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business led her to a career in Finance. In 2016, she decided to pursue her lifelong passion for art and shifted her focus to painting full-time.
Pooja has an incurable and progressive form of muscular dystrophy and her painting process explores the constantly changing relationship between a slow-moving body and an active mind.
Pooja is an alumna of the HATCH residency at Chicago Artists Coalition and the Center Program at Hyde Park Art Center. As a Board member of both organizations, she is an advocate for equity and accessibility in the Arts. She has been nominated for the 3Arts Visual Art Award and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. Her paintings have been exhibited at EXPO Chicago, Art Miami, and the Union League Club of Chicago. Pooja is represented by the McCormick Gallery in Chicago.