Anjana Mehra was born in 1949 in New Delhi. She graduated with a Diploma in Painting from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1965. She further completed a Post Graduate degree in Printmaking from M.S. University, Baroda in 1972.
Anjana’s body of work gives voice to the trials and tribulations faced by those who have been displaced from their homes during times of conflict. The religious rioting and violence across India, caused by the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was one such instance which was firmly etched in her memory. The plight of the innocent victims caught in the midst of social, political and religious unrest is what she she depicts through her works. The experiences of living in a joint family as well as the oppression and the density of the city and its society influence her works. Her personal experiences of displacement and loss also feature in her works. These observations become part of her creative thought process resulting in human figures appearing on the canvas and narrating their story.
She has participated in numerous solo exhibitions including ‘Pipe Dreams’ at Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2008; ‘Paper Wars’ at Gallery Beyond, Mumbai, in 2006; ‘Re-visiting Terrains’ at Sumukha Art Gallery, Bangalore and Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai, in 2003 and ‘City of Mirages’ at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 1998.
Anjana currently lives and works in Mumbai.