Nayanna Kanodia completed her graduation from Lady Sri 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. Nayanna Kanodia completed her graduation from Lady Sri
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. 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. She has conducted Art camps for children and adults
in India and abroad in Dubai and London. In addition to this she is a judge in many Art
Events, Art Fairs and Art Competitions. Nayanna was invited to attend Art Camps in
India, Bangkok, Cambodia, London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Italy and Greece.
Underscored by her self taught education, an economist turned painter, Nayanaa Kanodia’s journey is truly incredible and a story of talent, passion and vision.
As she comes from an Army background, she changed cities and schools every 3-4 years. She was therefore exposed to the various cultures of each city and state. Since she came into contact with new schools and new friends, her horizons broadened tremendously which today gives her the ability to view and analyze our cultural heritage in its vast panorama.
“ 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 Naif Art, Nayanaa’s work delights the viewer with its whimsy, yet contains the most important social message of our times.” – Anjolie Ela Menon (Padmashree)
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.
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 of non-British origin, 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. Given that Indian artists have not yet fully ascended in consideration of the international art community to be selected amongst the world’s most talented female artists is a great honour. Her work also features in several auctions of Indian Contemporary Art internationally. Nayanaa’s paintings are in major public and private collections all over the world. Most of the major collectors and corporate houses have her paintings.
She has participated in innumerable group shows nationally and internationally, the
major ones being:
New York, 1988
National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, 1997 & 1998
Dubai, 1998, 2012, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
London, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
France,‘Centre Regional D’Art Contemporain’, Sete, 2001
Hong Kong, 2005, 2012, 2015
Singapore, 2006, 2011
The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, 2007
South Africa, 2007
USA 2015, 2016
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