Smrita Jain is an NYC-based award-winning designer at The Aquario Group and an internationally renowned artist at Surmrit Gallery of Art and Design, with studios located in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Her art has been showcased in New York, London and India. She is a cultural documentary photographer. Her first photography book Creating Durga gained international recognition. Her second book, an autobiography, called Fat Free Samosa is due for release in 2018. She was the keynote speaker at KADLondon2017, a creativity conference and has also spoken at Global Status of Women and Girls. In addition to being a published writer, Smrita is a design mentor for students. She has exhibited at Pratt Institute, Javits Center, Queens Museum, The Juliana Curran Terian Design Center Pavilion, The Arthur M. Berger Art Gallery and The Nehru Center London. As a designer, she has worked with various companies including Wilbur-Ellis, Financial Accounting Foundation, Ernst & Young, WebMD, Manchester Designer Outlets, Google, JDRF, Tyco, Rockefeller Center Collaborative Research Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame, Ministry of Indian Tourism and Supreme Court Museum of India. She has won awards, amongst others, from American Graphic Design, Creativity International, Summit International Creative, London International Creative and Design Firms. On January 31, 2018, Smrita Jain was selected as People To Watch 2018, by GDUSA, as an individual who embodies the combination of art and design talent, leadership, success, newsworthiness and community service.
Her work ranges from typography and graphic design to paintings, drawings, digital canvas prints, and photography. She does not constrain herself to one medium or style of work. Her process is free-flowing, combining various styles and techniques to make Smrita’s work uniquely her own.
Formally trained in design, Smrita could never imagine her career, or this world, to be anything without art. She strongly believes that design is a derivative of art. Much of Smrita’s artistic work reflects her formal design training. Strategic thinking, rhythm, coordination, and principles of balance come together with her inner expression and craft, producing stunning visual results.
Smrita brings a unique perspective, combining experience working with design studios, marketing firms, PR and advertising agencies with an entrepreneurial drive inherited from her family.
Smrita finds inspiration in nature and most of her work reflects naturally found elements. Her biggest influencers are people — from those who bring her to life and those who bring her down. She finds inspiration in the worst situations, translating a troubling experience into an uplifting painting or capturing a moment through her writing or photography.