Meet St. Louis artist Sukanya Mani and enjoy local musicians Roger & Bill in the lobby of the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. Sukanya Mani – Artist Statement: As an immigrant I am constantly building bridges between where I come from and where I live today. This body of work is an exploration of contemporary life through the lens of multiple ancient art forms- Ancient Indian and Australian Art telling a modern American story. I am interested in portraying nature, people and contemporary objects in a very simplistic format. I call my paintings “graphic stories.” These are non intimidating pieces of art that multiple generations can identify with. I integrate “Warli” an ancient Indian art form where simple geometric and organic shapes are used to represent more sophisticated structures. I also add Australian aboriginal dot art in various colors to add artistic patterns and abstract compositions to my paintings.