Anju Dodiya


(b. 1964, lives and works in Mumbai, India)

Anju Dodiya regards her paintings as acts of rebellion and exorcism by use the self-portrait as a way to explore conflicts between inner life and external reality. The artist provides a new take on historical sources as varied as Indian miniatures, French medieval tapestries and newspaper photographs. Her paintings are striking in the contrast they create between the dramatic intensity of the subjects and the subtleties of how she produces them.

TitleAuthor(s) / Curator(s)PublisherCityYear of publication
Broken BranchesPeter Nagy, Gayatri SinhaBose Pacia ModernNew York2003
Pale AncestorsRanjit HoskoteBodhi ArtDelhi2008
Body/WashRanjit HoskoteChemould Prescott RoadMumbai2010

Dodiya has had several solo exhibitions in India and around the world, and her works have been featured in exhibitions at the Pitzzuti Collection, Columbus, Ohio, USA (2020–21); the Kochi–Muziris Biennale, 2018; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, 2016; the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Mumbai, 2016; the Musee de la Toile de Jouy, France, 2015; the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, China, 2014-15; ‘Aesthetic Bind | Subject of Death’ curated by Geeta Kapur, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, 2013; the 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, 2009; the 5th Beijing International Art Biennale, among others. She is represented in several private and public collections in India and abroad.