Anju Dodiya


Anju Dodiya was born in 1964 in Mumbai. Anju is a renowned Indian artist from Mumbai. Her work splendidly reflects her journey towards self-discovery.

Education & Work

She completed her graduation in 1986 in Fine Arts (Painting) form Sir J.J School of Arts, Mumbai. Her work largely revolves around ‘the self’. Though not solipsistic, yet most of her works give the spectator access to private moments. Dodiya primarily resisted the pull towards self-portraiture; however her early works were exceptionally abstract. Through her first show a fictional autobiography, she made an attempt to refocus her contemplation on railway stations, roadside scenes, and so forth. Eventually she found her innovative whim of a painterly contemplation was the strongest, and rechanneled her visualization into defining situations from her life. Anju Dodiya creates dramatic water colors layered with imageries and symbolism, by driving stimulus from a range of artists including poet Sylvia Plath, filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, and Early Renaissance masters Piero Della Francesca and Giotto, as well as the intrepid patterns and brilliant colors of Medieval French tapestries and Japanese woodblock prints. Often related to real-life, her works truly reflects her interest in self-reflection and the journey towards self-discovery. Though as a painter, Dodiya has even create donate installations with meticulously embroidered mattresses and shards of broken mirror. She majorly participated in numerous of group exhibition, including ‘Ideas of the Sublime', presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; A Further Global Encounter', Grosvenor Vadehra, London; Terrestrial Bodies', 1 x 1 Art Gallery, Dubai; Natural Bodies, Subverted Canons', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi; Looking Glass: The Existence of Difference', Twenty Indian Contemporary Artists presented by Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi in collaboration with American Centre; British Council; Goethe-Institute/ Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi; Changing Skin', presented by The Fine art Company at Coomaraswamy Hall, Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay, Mumbai; 'India: Take Three', Kings Road Gallery, Chelsea; Progressive to Alter modern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London; 'Material/Immaterial', Gallery Collection, Bodhi Art, Gurgaon; ‘Everywhere Is War (and Rumors of War)’, Bodhi Art, Mumbai; 'Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi; 'Of Personal Narratives And Journeys', Bodhi Art, Gurgaon; ‘Here and Now : Young Voices from India’, Grosvenor Vadehra, London; ‘A Work of Art – A Work on Paper – 35th Anniversary Show’, organized by Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai; ‘The Artist Lives and Works in Baroda/Bombay/Calcutta/Mysore Rotterdam/Trivandrum’, organized by galerie mirchandani + steinruecke, House of World Cultures, Berlin; ‘Bhupen Among Friends’, A tribute to Bhupen Khakhar by friends, organized by Gallery Chemould at Museum Gallery, Mumbai; Endless Terrain’, supported by Interiors Espania, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Galleries, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, to name a few. Anju Dodiya also actively organised solo exhibitions, including ‘Face-off (After Kuniyoshi)', Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris; Necklace of Echoes', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi; 'All Night I Shall Gallop', Bodhi Art, Singapore, Mumbai, New York; 'All Night I Shall Gallop', Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI), Singapore; ‘The Throne of Frost’, Bodhi Art, Mumbai; ‘The Throne of Frost’, Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Baroda; Recent Works by Anju Dodiya', Bose Pacia, New York; The Cloud Hunt', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi; Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, to name a few. 

Awards and Accolades

Anju Dodiya had been awarded with Zee Astitva Award’, presented by Archana Trust Suburban with Zee TV in 2007 and Indo-American society’s ‘Young Achiever Award’ in 2007. He was also nominated for the `Sotheby’s Prize’ for Contemporary Art in 1998. She was also conferred with Harmony Award presented by Reliance Industries, Mumbai, in 1999.

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