Atul Dodiya


Mumbai based artist Atul Dodiyais a well-known painter recognized for figurative art work in India. The artist is widely acknowledged for immaculately portraying realms of art that engages both political as well as art history. His work entwines public and global memory encircling personal and local experience.

Atul Dodiya was born in the year 1959 in Mumbai, India. He gained the reputation of an eminent artist at a very early age in his life. His work came into the limelight through the doodles that he painted on roll down shutters. He drew inspiration from the American-based pop artist, Jasper Johns, who is popular for generic graphic paintings, including targets, text fonts, and maps. He later experimented with various materials and mediums by incorporating references from literature, mythology, cinema, and Mumbai city in his artworks.

Education & Work

Mr. Dodiya graduated with the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Sir J.J. School of Art (Mumbai, India) in the year 1982.In the college itself, he received recognition for painting photorealistic images representing everyday life of people in a quickly changing India. He further continued his studies in France, where he earned a degree in Arts from Ecole des Beaux, Paris in 1992.

Atul Dodiya’s magical and enigmatic paintings magnificently mirror the realistic lifestyle of medium-to-middle class homes. After pursuing his studies, Dodiya’s artworks took a dramatic shift after he witnessed the traumatic experiences of terrorist activities in India. These devastative events, especially the Bombay Bombings in 1993, had a deep impact on his outlook. Such occurrences started coming into life with a gradual depiction of these images in his paintings. Almost two decades later, he displayed the fear of such religious violence and persecution through his masterworks that had a shady perspective beneath them.

He has successfully showcased his artwork through various art galleries in India, including Malevich Matters and Other Shutters in the Vadehra Art Gallery in New Delhi, Pale Ancestors in Bodhi Art in Mumbai, Sumukha Gallery in Bangalore, Cima Gallery in Calcutta, Gallery Chemould in Bombay (Mumbai), and Faculty of Fine Arts in Vadodara. Besides, he has also exhibited his work in the international arena, through galleries such as Tyler Print Institute in Singapore, Bose Pacia in New York, Walsh Gallery in Chicago, Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, The Fine Art Resource in Berlin, and The Japan Foundation Asia Center in Tokyo, to name a few.

Awards and Accolades

In the year 1982, Atul received a gold medal from the Government of Maharashtra, and in 1995, he was awarded with the Sanskriti Award. He won Sotheby's Prize in the year 1999. In Italy, his work was celebrated with Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship. Mr. Dodiya recently received the Raza Award for the Raza Foundation.

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