Franz-Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Helicopter Ride stop on Herbert Glacier in Alaska 
Rama at wor in her home studio
Boat ride on Mekong River, Laos


Rama Tiru’s artistic journey began early in her life with her childhood pursuits of painting, music, dance and acting in School Plays. As an adult, she poured her artistic passion into photography, transforming people and places captured during her global travels into striking images through her artistic vision. She still believes that her journey is just beginning with her sojourn into digital art.


Rama has the honor of being the First Woman Industrial Photographer of India. She was privileged to be the First Woman Founder Member, Treasurer, and Vice-Chairperson of the Advertising and Industrial Photographers Association of India -South. Rama moved to the USA in 1997. She was the first artist to have a solo photo-Digital Art show in India and received National multimedia coverage.


As a Commercial/Industrial photographer, Rama has captured many  successful campaigns for companies in India.


Her photo/digital /hand-painted photo-murals have been displayed in a variety of corporate buildings and hotel lobbies in Bengaluru, India


Rama has successfully published a photo documentary Coffee Table book-Austin East of I-35 with images and interviews of the people of East Austin. 


in 2020 Rama created a COVID 19 Feeding America Fundraiser on Facebook and raised $1600. For every donation of $25 or more, she gave away her new e-book Charioteer of Life, as a thank you gift. The book is about everyday women around the world charioteering their lives.


Her Faces and Place of the World solo show was at the Asian American Resource Center in Austin in 2015.


In 2015, Rama participated in Teneriffe Spain Fotoseptiembre with her Japan At Street Level collection


A solo show Moments/Alternate Moments showcased her image transfers in San Antonio Texas at St. Mary's University Louis J. Blume Library Gallery during Fotoseptiembre USA 2016.

The experimentation of techniques continues on, digital and analog paintings taking equal time with her photography.

Rama'sVarious Art Shows and achievements are listed in the Awards & Art Shows section.

Home Studio and Gallery View

Artist Statement

Life is a brilliant, beautiful, and exquisitely vibrant Journey!


I am a proud Austinite - the hip town of Texas!


In my professional photographer mode, I am happy to capture “that moment” - the essence of the subject, invoking  an emotional response from my viewers.


But capturing "that moment" in my Painter mode - now that is a new challenge! 


It took a lot of non-joyous introspection and self-analysis to reach my 'aha' moment in Painting. The realization is, I have to adapt my photographer's eye for detail, merge it with my emotional artist's eye for feeling, to paint “that moment”.  I do analog and digital paintings


This challenge has transformed the way I paint and photograph today. I try to abstract shapes, color, texture, and light to evoke "that feeling" and express " that emotion" in my images. I am now deconstructing my old photographs and turning them into abstract forms.


It is great to be a professional photographer, capturing commercial products, architectural interiors, and Exteriors, with my cameras over 3 decades. 


In my travels around the world, I have photographed a smorgasbord of people, cultures, and fascinating lives in over 50 countries. I have showcased my work in art galleries and gratified to be complimented on the quality of my work!


My other life interests are - singing  Indian Classical music, acting and making jewelry for relaxation. I am active in various social conscious activities.


It has been a long, winding and pleasurable path to reach my goal and the journey continues. I am at an equilibrium, attaining a sense of peace with my work.


I have successfully published 2 photo books


Austin East of I 35 -first of its kind contemporary book on East Austin 


Charioteer of Life - Everyday women of the world being the charioteers of life

Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
Machu Picchu, Peru
1 minute Video of Rama's work
Holy Kailash, Tibet


2018-2020 Various group shows in Austin Galleries

2017 couple of group shows

2016 One Woman Show of photography for Photo Septiembre, using Image transfer techniques at 

         Saint Mary’s University-San Antonio

2015 Lectures in several photo groups around Texas

2015 Several other shows in various Galleries in Austin, RoundRock and Dallas

2015 Japan at Street Level for Photo Septiembre in Teneriffe Spain,Europe 

2015 Faces and Places of Asia – One-woman Show at the Asian American Resource

         Center, Austin TX

2015 Several juried shows at Austin Visual Arts Association

2014 Foto Septiembre Group show at LaPena Austin

2014 Group shows at AVVA Austin

2014 Group show at LaPēna Austin

2014 Group Show WEST at La Pena

2013 Participated in the EAST Show

2012-13 various shows in Austin

2012  Participated in the WEST Show

2012  Volunteered photography services for Saiva – a nonprofit organization

2012  Produced a Documentary “Empowered” and showcased it in Lapenya

2011 La Pēna and Various Galleries in Austin

2010 Book Signing events at various venues in Austin

2010 Studio 2 Gallery in Austin Texas

2009 Works on Display at the offices of Councilors Randy Shade and Chris Riley’s offices at the Austin CityHall

2009 To Austin, From Austin ABIA Austin

2009 Muntu show at Space 12 Austin

2008 Map Group Show

2008 Real Gallery Group Show

2008 Faces of Tibet South Western University Georgetown Texas

2008 Audi Forum New York

2008 Art Show Dallas Convention center

2008 Pink Amor Tiru Gallery

2007 Corners of the world show International Visitors Center Austin

2007 Corners of the world show Tiru Gallery

2007 EAST Show Austin

2006 permanent collection of Premier Realty

2004 & 2005 various corporate venues in Austin and Permanent Collection at RTgallery and ACC

2003 DSMBR

2003 Driskill Hotel

2003 Bei Amici

2003 LaPena Gallery

2003 Guadalupe Art Gallery

2002 F8 Fine Art Gallery, Austin, TX

2002 RT gallerie: a permanent show of Rama Tiru

2002 Austin Lyric Opera: artwork on display as part of Tips on Art Collection, Austin, Texas

2001 Pro-Jex Gallery Austin: People of Papua-Color images, and Street Smart-B&W images

1999 Barnes and Noble at the Arboretum: digital images, Austin, TX

1998 Sumukha gallery: Curves and Lines, a B&W collection of photographs, Bangalore India

1997 Alliance Francaise: First Photo-Graphics One woman show Bangalore, India

1996 Commissioned by the Association of Indian Architects Southern Regional Conference to

         present a One-Woman Show of architectural photo-digital images based on the theme of



2016      Small Business of the Year – Asian American from Small and Minority Business Resources – City of Austin

2015      Selfless Service Award from Hindu Charities For America

2007-2011 KLRU Community Advisory Board

Various Media recognition for her book Austin East of I 35

2005 Recognition of Merit at Kerrville Photography show

1990 Technocrat Award from Women Entrepreneurs Association of Karnataka

1994 Woman Achiever of the year in the most unusual field-Rotary Club

1999-2000 Highest Profit Performance - Second Place Lifetouch Portrait Studios of America
1999-2000 Studio Manager of the month one of 5 in the USA - Lifetouch Portrait Studios
1999-2000 Studio Manager of the month for the District - Lifetouch Portrait Studios