August 15, 2022
Pooja Pittie is a self-taught visual artist who lives and works in Chicago. Raised in Mumbai, India, Pooja Pittie trained as an accountant and moved to the U.S. in 1999. She earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which led her to a career in finance and entrepreneurship. A long held practice and self-study in painting was always apparent, and, in 2016, she decided to pursue her passion 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 an often slow 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 Hyde Park Art Center, she is an advocate for equity and accessibility in the Arts. Pooja was awarded the 2020 3Arts UIC Bodies of Work Fellowship and has been nominated for the 3Arts Visual Art Award and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. Her paintings have been exhibited at venues such as Art Miami, EXPO Chicago, McCormick Gallery and The Union League Club of Chicago, and she is in public and private collections across the country. Pooja is represented by the McCormick Gallery in Chicago.