About the artist
Born in 1942 in Sanjaya, Gujrat, Madhvi Parekh is a self-trained artist and began painting in 1964. Her works revolves around childhood memories, women’s crafts, folk art and Indian myths. Her style being contemporary, she was influenced by Swiss- German artist Paul Klee. Madhvi’s use of oil and acrylic on canvas and watercolour on paper is a decisive shift from the traditional materials and surface of folk painters. Over the years, she has stimulated and broadened her artistic imagination and the initial naïve charm of her paintings has matured and become loaded with her statements on the status of women, the girl child, and encounters between rural and urban India. Curtains and arches have also begun to crop up in her works, a sign of the inclusion of the everyday to her world of fantasy. Her works are inspired by travels to places like Mauritius and Bhutan. She has participated in several shows and workshops and her work has been exhibited in different parts of the country and overseas.