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Nayanaa Kanodia

Mumbai, India 9 Followers

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Nayanaa Kanodia, an economist turned painter, can be considered to be the pioneer of L’Art Naif in India, a genre till then unseen and unheard of in a contemporary context. She has established a rare niche for hersel...

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Nayanaa Kanodia, an economist turned painter, can be considered to be the pioneer of L’Art Naif in India, a genre till then unseen and unheard of in a contemporary context. She has established a rare niche for herself in this very particular mode. She completed her graduation from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi in Economics Honours. She won the National Scholarship of the Government of India. Nayanaa is an entirely self –taught artist except for a year’s apprenticeship with Anjolie Ela Menon. Having a French leave or absenteeism from formal training in art enabled Nayanna Kanodia to bring patterns of strong individualism into her work long before it was considered a redefining approach for unique and contemporary artists of today. This guided Nayanna Kanodia to avoid the hierarchy of labels by the artworld such as a 'high and lowbrow' circumspect to attach itself towards Kanodia’s art and to present the dynamics of social reality in the concrete frames of virtuality.
Underscored by her self taught education, an economist turned painter, Nayanaa Kanodia’s journey is a story of talent, passion and vision. She has portrayed India’s culture - past and present -as no artist has done before on such a huge time frame. This will be a visual record for generations to come.

In 1998 she was chosen from among artists of all The Commonwealth Countries by The Commonwealth Institute to have a solo show to inaugurate their newly renovated Complex in London.

Looking at the contribution she has made to L’Art Naïve she was invited by Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 2001 to demonstrate her painting techniques in this prestigious Museum and also exhibit her paintings in their gallery. .Besides this, she is the first Indian whose paintings are in the collection of Paintings in Hospitals, UK which was earlier listed as a Museum.
Her works are permanently displayed at Musee International D’Naif Art in Paris.
Impressed by the social messages being conveyed in her paintings, a consortium of schools in Los Altos, USA, is using her work as a medium of instruction to their students.
Erica Jong, a famous author, recently acquired her work

Her paintings feature in a recently published international book WOMEN IN ART by Reinhard Fuchs .To be selected amongst the world’s most talented female artists is a great honour.

She has conducted Art Camps in India and abroad. She has a teaching experience of two decades and is on the faculty of Spic Macay International. She gives talks and presentations on art in prestigious organizations and universities. In addition to this she is a judge in many Art Events, Art Fairs and Art Competitions She has attended numerous Art Camps in India, Bangkok, Cambodia, London, Moscow , St. Petersburg, Italy, Greece and Sweden.

She works closely with Indian Cancer Society which is the oldest cancer society in India affiliated with Tata Memorial Hospital , and also curates their Art Shows for them on their Annual Founder’s Day.She is also closely associated with other NGOs- Concern India, Khushi, People for Animals , Wildlife SOS and Nargis Dutt Foundation.
Her work also features in several auctions of Indian Contemporary Art internationally.
.Nayanaa’s paintings are in public and private collections all over the world.

Nayanaa’s work typifies the best characteristics of this genre- the air of whimsy, the flat bright polished surfaces and the extra ordinary plethora of intricately worked detail. The freshness and charm of the images she creates gives a crystalline utopian appearance to the mundane everyday life being depicted. She reflects on the charming idiosyncrasies of her subjects with a fine degree of wit and gentle satire. Her paintings depict the various faces of India- Lifestyles Past and Present-– weddings, bazaar(market) scenes , vehicles, ancient sports, beach compositions , many of which with economic growth will eventually disappear. The acute static demeanor of her portrayals lends itself to movement through the vehicles of vibrant and dynamic colors, the composition of patterns and intense details, and the gentle Indian spirit reminiscent of centuries past fusing with the invasion of modern advents and amenities.

"Many pieces reflect an unkempt maelstrom that has engulfed our transitioning society, providing fuel to a raging dichotomy where on the one hand we have people tenaciously clinging to their roots, fearing the extinction of their cultural identities, and on the other hand we have the birth of a new generation dependent upon progressive conveniences.

In her paintings a picture of the moment is built up in which whole histories and relationships are made visible .These paintings are moments of pleasure held forever. They are about time and time in paintings is movement stilled.

Anjolie Ela Menon (Padmashree) writes ‘Having initially studied under me for a couple of years, Nayanaa went on to establish her own signature and carve out an important career for herself. India’s chief practitioner of Naïve Art, Nayanaa’s work delights the viewer with its whimsy, yet contains the most important social messages of our lives.’

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  • About Artist

    Nayanaa Kanodia, an economist turned painter, can be considered to be the pioneer of L’Art Naif in India, a genre till then unseen and unheard of in a contemporary context. She has established a rare niche for herself in this very particular mode. She completed her graduation from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi in Economics Honours. She won the National Scholarship of the Government of India. Nayanaa is an entirely self –taught artist except for a year’s apprenticeship with Anjolie Ela Menon. Having a French leave or absenteeism from formal training in art enabled Nayanna Kanodia to bring patterns of strong individualism into her work long before it was considered a redefining approach for unique and contemporary artists of today. This guided Nayanna Kanodia to avoid the hierarchy of labels by the artworld such as a 'high and lowbrow' circumspect to attach itself towards Kanodia’s art and to present the dynamics of social reality in the concrete frames of virtuality.
    Underscored by her self taught education, an economist turned painter, Nayanaa Kanodia’s journey is a story of talent, passion and vision. She has portrayed India’s culture - past and present -as no artist has done before on such a huge time frame. This will be a visual record for generations to come.

    In 1998 she was chosen from among artists of all The Commonwealth Countries by The Commonwealth Institute to have a solo show to inaugurate their newly renovated Complex in London.

    Looking at the contribution she has made to L’Art Naïve she was invited by Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 2001 to demonstrate her painting techniques in this prestigious Museum and also exhibit her paintings in their gallery. .Besides this, she is the first Indian whose paintings are in the collection of Paintings in Hospitals, UK which was earlier listed as a Museum.
    Her works are permanently displayed at Musee International D’Naif Art in Paris.
    Impressed by the social messages being conveyed in her paintings, a consortium of schools in Los Altos, USA, is using her work as a medium of instruction to their students.
    Erica Jong, a famous author, recently acquired her work

    Her paintings feature in a recently published international book WOMEN IN ART by Reinhard Fuchs .To be selected amongst the world’s most talented female artists is a great honour.

    She has conducted Art Camps in India and abroad. She has a teaching experience of two decades and is on the faculty of Spic Macay International. She gives talks and presentations on art in prestigious organizations and universities. In addition to this she is a judge in many Art Events, Art Fairs and Art Competitions She has attended numerous Art Camps in India, Bangkok, Cambodia, London, Moscow , St. Petersburg, Italy, Greece and Sweden.

    She works closely with Indian Cancer Society which is the oldest cancer society in India affiliated with Tata Memorial Hospital , and also curates their Art Shows for them on their Annual Founder’s Day.She is also closely associated with other NGOs- Concern India, Khushi, People for Animals , Wildlife SOS and Nargis Dutt Foundation.
    Her work also features in several auctions of Indian Contemporary Art internationally.
    .Nayanaa’s paintings are in public and private collections all over the world.

    Nayanaa’s work typifies the best characteristics of this genre- the air of whimsy, the flat bright polished surfaces and the extra ordinary plethora of intricately worked detail. The freshness and charm of the images she creates gives a crystalline utopian appearance to the mundane everyday life being depicted. She reflects on the charming idiosyncrasies of her subjects with a fine degree of wit and gentle satire. Her paintings depict the various faces of India- Lifestyles Past and Present-– weddings, bazaar(market) scenes , vehicles, ancient sports, beach compositions , many of which with economic growth will eventually disappear. The acute static demeanor of her portrayals lends itself to movement through the vehicles of vibrant and dynamic colors, the composition of patterns and intense details, and the gentle Indian spirit reminiscent of centuries past fusing with the invasion of modern advents and amenities.

    "Many pieces reflect an unkempt maelstrom that has engulfed our transitioning society, providing fuel to a raging dichotomy where on the one hand we have people tenaciously clinging to their roots, fearing the extinction of their cultural identities, and on the other hand we have the birth of a new generation dependent upon progressive conveniences.

    In her paintings a picture of the moment is built up in which whole histories and relationships are made visible .These paintings are moments of pleasure held forever. They are about time and time in paintings is movement stilled.

    Anjolie Ela Menon (Padmashree) writes ‘Having initially studied under me for a couple of years, Nayanaa went on to establish her own signature and carve out an important career for herself. India’s chief practitioner of Naïve Art, Nayanaa’s work delights the viewer with its whimsy, yet contains the most important social messages of our lives.’

    The World Of Mojarto: Enter The World Of L’art Naive

    An economist turned painter, Nayanaa Kanodia is one of the few artists practicing L’Art Naive or Naive Art in India. Naïve art is any form of visual art that is created by a person who lacks the formal education and training that a professional artist undergoes. Artist Nayanaa Kanodia talks to us about her artistic journey and what she thinks art stands for.

  • Exhibitions

    In 1998 she was chosen from among artists of all The Commonwealth Countries by The Commonwealth Institute to have a solo show to inaugurate their newly renovated Complex in London.

    Looking at the contribution she has made to L’Art Naïve she was invited by Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 2001 to demonstrate her painting techniques in this prestigious Museum and also exhibit her paintings in their gallery. .Besides this, she is the first Indian whose paintings are in the collection of Paintings in Hospitals, UK which was earlier listed as a Museum.
    Her works are permanently displayed at Musee International D’Naif Art in Paris.
    Impressed by the social messages being conveyed in her paintings, a consortium of schools in Los Altos, USA, is using her work as a medium of instruction to their students.
    Erica Jong, a famous author, recently acquired her work

    Her paintings feature in a recently published international book WOMEN IN ART by Reinhard Fuchs .To be selected amongst the world’s most talented female artists is a great honour.

    She has conducted Art Camps in India and abroad. She has a teaching experience of two decades and is on the faculty of Spic Macay International. She gives talks and presentations on art in prestigious organizations and universities. In addition to this she is a judge in many Art Events, Art Fairs and Art Competitions She has attended numerous Art Camps in India, Bangkok, Cambodia, London, Moscow , St. Petersburg, Italy, Greece and Sweden.

    She works closely with Indian Cancer Society which is the oldest cancer society in India affiliated with Tata Memorial Hospital , and also curates their Art Shows for them on their Annual Founder’s Day.She is also closely associated with other NGOs- Concern India, Khushi, People for Animals , Wildlife SOS and Nargis Dutt Foundation.
    Her work also features in several auctions of Indian Contemporary Art internationally.
    .Nayanaa’s paintings are in public and private collections all over the world.

    She has participated in innumerable group shows nationally and internationally, the major ones being:
    New York in 1988
    National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai in 1997 & 1998
    Dubai in 1998, 2012, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
    London in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
    France,‘Centre Regional D’Art Contemporain’, Sete, in 2001
    Washington in 2001
    Paris in 2002
    Hong Kong in 2005, 2012, 2015
    Singapore in 2006, 2011
    The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo in 2007
    South Africa in 2007
    USA 2015, 2016
    Melbourne,Australia 2017

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