About the artist:
Nayanaa Kanodia was born in 1950 in Maharashtra. A brilliant colorist, Kanodia, an economist turned painter, is considered to be the pioneer of l’Art Naïf in India, defined as visual art created by someone who lacks formal training in art. Nayanaa graduated from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, with an Honours Degree in Economics. She has held innumerable shows in India and abroad. The air of whimsy, flat bright polished surfaces and the extraordinary plethora of intricately worked shapes; details and patterns characterize Nayanaa’s work. She has portrayed India’s society in transformation as no artist has done before on such a huge time frame. Her works will serve as a record for generations to come not only to their context. They also carry the most important yet universal social messages of our lives. Nayanaa says her paintings intend to make the viewers feel that they are watching a snapshot of life at maximum preposterousness, exuberant and bursting with energy, idiosyncrasy and absurdity. The conversation the artist hopes to create in her artwork is a certain truth of life and, on a deeper level, a well thought-out philosophy. Individuals may interpret her paintings in vastly disparate ways and each view will be equally logical and plausible, thought provoking and intriguing.
Her paintings are in the collection of major art collectors and corporate houses all over the world. Musée d'Art Naïf Max Fourny – Halle Saint Pierre in Montmartre in Paris permanently displays her paintings. She exhibited and demonstrated her painting techniques in Victoria and Albert Museum in London.