Indira Freitas Johnson
Bio: Indira Freitas Johnson was born in Mumbai, India. She has received undergraduate degrees from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art and the University of Bombay. She also received a masters degree in fine arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1967. Her father was an artist and her mother was a social activist, both of whom she was influenced by. She strongly believes that art and activism are a powerful combination for social change. Indira founded the Shanti Foundation for Peace in 1993 in response to the rise of ethnic violence. This foundation helps people understand that their individual action can go a long way to build lasting peace by using the process of art. Her actions and a lot of her work focus on spiritual growth and peace.
Burke, Michelle, "Indira Freitas Johnson Interview" (2010). Asian American Art Oral History Project. 30.