Anju Dodiya

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.

 

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