Amy Malkan is a public artist, artrepreneur and community developer. Her passion for travel influences her creativity and artist approach. Malkan has travelled to over 28 countries and counting and her family heritage from India and Africa have influenced her artistic expression. She is best known for her contemporary style infused with her family’s heritage with Indian motifs within her murals and art installations. Malkan fundamentally believes that everyone deserves access and exposure to the arts, therefore she strives to engage the public in the design and production of most of her public art projects.
Malkan uses art and creativity to bridge the relationships between the general public and public places. Over the past 5 years Malkan has facilitated the design, coordination, and production of over 30 public art projects across the Houston area. These projects have been co-created with the involvement of over 1,000 area youth, artists and hundreds of community stakeholders. Through each public art project, everyone experiences a hands-on involvement and becomes an active participant in the creative process. At the end of each project the participant is left with a deep and meaningful feeling of stewardship and ownership of the final work. This is the definition of community development. Each public space is unique and has its own culture, therefore the design, motifs, and imagery, captured in her work, is a direct reflection of the community. This public art expands the style, social context and technique for the execution of her work into broad and diverse territory. By engaging the community and public she puts the public in public art, to represent the culture, heritage, history and social context of communities and shared public spaces. Her intention with every public art installation is to transform the environment into a cultural and artistic destination to help showcase the beauty and uniqueness each community has to offer.
In her personal time, Malkan is a single mother, an avid cyclist, she enjoys traveling, dancing, and spending quality time with her friends and family.