Anju Dodiya is born in Mumbai in 1964. She graduated from the JJ School of Art in 1986. She is a one of India’s most important contemporary artists.
Dodiya’s early works were abstract and following her first show “A Fictional Autobiography”, she tried to refocus her gaze on railway stations, roadside scenes and so forth. But ultimately she found her original impulse of a painterly introspection as her strongest inspiration and rechanneled her vision into describing situations from her life.
She creates expressive watercolors layered with images and symbolism. Her art is rooted in the figurative, drawing inspiration from a range of artists including poet Sylvia Plath, filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, and Early Renaissance masters Piero della Francesca and Giotto. Bold patterns and vivid colors of Medieval French tapestries and Japanese woodblock prints also influence her works. Often autobiographical, her works reveal her interest in self-reflection and the process of self-discovery. Though primarily a painter, Dodiya has also produced intricate installations involving embroidered mattresses and shards of broken mirror.
The majority of her works give the viewer access to moments lifted from “the private discourse that goes on within oneself when one is alone”. Anju’s self keeps recurring in the changing pictorial contexts. These are inward looking investigations with a keen sense of self-awareness and introspection. Her works compel the viewer to unravel stories of the female protagonists, yet they don’t reveal the full narrative. Dodiya continually creates her own legends that are often self-disruptive autobiographies.
She has exhibited her works all over the country and the world, and has her works in various private and public collections. She lives and works in Mumbai.
Curated by Kamini Sawhney The exhibition traced the journeys of eight artists whose work Jehangir Nicholson admired and pursued and whose practices have undergone significant changes over the years.: Anju Dodiya, Atul Dodiya, Baiju Parthan, Nalini Malani, Sudhir Patwardhan, Sunil…MORE DETAILS
Anju and Atul Dodiya talked about their craft, the various influences on their artistic practice and subtle ways in which each has impacted the other's work. Their presentations provided us with another perspective on the exhibition "The Journey is the…MORE DETAILS
Artists Anju Dodiya and Reena Kallat were in conversation with cultural theorist Nancy Adajania. The panel provoked a debate on the value of interpreting artists in terms of gender, the historical place of gender politics in contemporary art, and whether…MORE DETAILS