Instructor Spotlight: Lena Chandhok
Lena Chandhok has been teaching at the 92Y Art Center since 2013. She has a love of drawing and painting, but is most passionate about comics. She received her BA in art from UC Santa Cruz in 2009 and her master’s degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies in 2011.
"Whether it’s exploring body language and expressions through figure drawing," she told us, "or contemplating my mixed heritage through autobiographical comics, I love to tell stories with my art.”
Her comics and illustration work have been featured in Slate and in anthologies such as “Anything That Loves: Comics Beyond ‘Gay’ and ‘Straight’,” which won Best Bisexual Nonfiction at the 2014 Bisexual Book Awards. She is also currently illustrating a nonfiction book for 12- to 15-year-olds.
"I encourage my students to work with a wide variety of materials and techniques. After all, you never know what form inspiration will take. Helping them realize their creative visions inspires me, too—to me, teaching art and creating it are two sides of the same coin."