Anju Dodiya was born in Mumbai in 1964. She graduated from Sir JJ School of Art in 1986.
Dodiya’s early works were abstract, followed by work that she refers to as “a fictional autobiography”.
Her art is rooted in the figurative, drawing inspiration from a range of artists including poet Sylvia Plath, filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, and the Early Renaissance masters Piero della Francesca and Giotto. Bold patterns and vivid colours of Medieval French tapestries and Japanese woodblock prints also influence her works. Primarily a painter, Dodiya has also produced intricate installations involving embroidered mattresses and mirror shards.
Dodiya’s self keeps recurring in the changing pictorial contexts. These are inward looking investigations about the private discourse that goes on within oneself.
Her works compel the viewer to unravel stories of the female protagonists, yet they don’t reveal the full narrative. Dodiya continually creates her own legends, almost self-disruptive autobiographies.
She has exhibited her works in India and abroad. Dodiya lives and works in Mumbai.