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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Kalaadevi, having demonstrated exceptional accomplishments, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is acutely aware of the significance of lighting, camera lenses, and their placement, always maintaining a collaborative approach with the film director and director of photography. It is therefore no surprise that Steve McQueen, the director of acclaimed films such as "Shame" and "12 Years a Slave," insists on having Kalaadevi on set. She is known for the profound emotional connection she creates when working with actors. Her artistic process is akin to alchemy, enhancing the face while maintaining its fundamental integrity. Notably, Susan Sarandon selected Kalaadevi as her makeup artist for over 30 films spanning a remarkable 21-year collaboration.

Award Winning

With a keen eye for color and a talent for using their juxtapositions to enliven each person's features, Kalaadevi brings a unique touch to her work. Early in her career, she received the prestigious Jane Burr Award as Artist of the Year, as well as the esteemed Leva House Award for portrait sculpture. Having studied under the renowned painter and modern realist, Philip Pearlstein, she wields her palette with the skill of a fine artist. Throughout her work in film, the face has served as her canvas. Masterfully playing with light and shadow, she expertly manipulates bone structure, accentuates youthful radiance, or captures the effects of disease and aging. Whatever the desired effect, Kalaadevi brings it to life with precision and artistry.

Healing and Nurturing

Her journey as a makeup artist extends beyond her technical expertise. Her training as a Yoga and Meditation Archarya in India has endowed her with the ability to not only heal and nurture the skin but also create a serene environment for the actors she collaborates with.