B.F.A., Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, 1986
The ‘self’ is at the center of Anju’s works, though she initially resisted the lure of self-portraiture. Her art remains rooted in the figurative and all elements within her paintings are charged with an emotional value. Anju has created a niche for herself while exploring various possibilities within it.
Nancy Adajania, an art critic and cultural theorist observes, "I will therefore argue that the artist’s various self projections, far from being a garland of whimsical and disconnected pictorial quotations phrased across the years, can actually be seen to express strong psychological continuities. Her allegorical narratives represent the inherent theatricality. There are curtains, props, costumes and even the spotlights - the entire stagecraft transforming the surfaces into a proscenium that mediates between the real and the illusory. Her works lie between the real and the unreal, dream and reality where she selects her pictorial references from varied sources including Indian miniatures, Renaissance paintings, world cinema, Ukiyo-e prints, newspaper photographs."
Anju Dodiya is considered among the most important contemporary artists in India. She has been exhibited in major galleries in India and abroad and was selected to show at the prestigious Venice Bienalle in 2009.
She lives and works in Mumbai.