Paintings by Roopa Dudley

Image description: A painting of Edgar Allen Poe sitting in front of a raven in a tree, with chess pieces and a bottle and glass of amontillado sitting in front of him on a table.
Image description: A painting of a dark-haired woman sitting in front of a clock and gears, with a red rotary phone, chess pieces, and lipstick on the table in front of her.

Artist statement: My paintings depict various forms of mental disorders–from depression to obsessive-compulsive disorder to borderline personality disorder to anxiety. I paint with much empathy and support for those who suffer from such illnesses.


Roopa Dudley, born on July 6th 1972 in Karachi, Pakistan, is a naturalized American who considers herself a chess painter gravitating towards steampunk art. She graduated from Florida International University with a BA in Humanities, Art History, and Psychology. Her paintings are painted with saturated colors and usually have a story to tell. She is a huge fan of dark humor, therefore most of her artwork has that incorporated into her paintings in some shape or form. Her paintings are created to appeal aesthetically as well as intellectually. Several of her paintings have been exhibited in museums and art galleries in Maryland. Her website is www.roopadudley.com.