Nayanaa Kanodia can be considered the pioneer of L”Art Naif in India.She graduated from Lady Shri Ram College,New Delhi, in Economics (Honours). She won the National Scholarship of the Govt. of India. An economist turned painter,Nayanaa is entirely a self- taught artist except for a year’s apprenticeship with Anjolie Ela Menon.
She had her first solo show in 1986 in Mumbai and has held numerous solo exhibitions since then in India and abroad. In 1998, she was selected by The Commonwealth Institute from all the artists of the Commonwealth Countries for a solo show in their recently renovated complex in London. In 2001 she was invited by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London to exhibit her paintings and to give a demonstration of her painting techniques.She is the first Indian of non-British origin whose works are in the collection of “Paintings In Hospitals”, UK, previously named as a British Museum.
She has participated in many group shows nationally and internationally including the ones in New York in 1988, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai in 1997 and 1998, Dubai in 1998 ,2012, London in 2001, 2002 , 2006,2012, Centre Regional D’Art Contemporain’, Sete, France in 2001, Washington in 2001, Paris in 2002, Hong Kong in 2005, 2012, Singapore in 2006, 2011, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo in 2007, Johanesburg, South Africa in 2007.
Nayanaa is the first Indian of non-British origin whose works are in the collection of the “Paintings In Hospitals”, UK.
She has conducted Art Camps in India and abroad.Her work also features in several auctions of Indian Contemporary Art internationally. Nayanaa's works are held in many public and private collections in India and abroad including the Musee International d’Art Naïve, Paris.
She lives and works in Mumbai.
A brief note on my paintings.
A picture of the moment is built up in which whole histories and relationships are made visible. These paintings are moments of pleasure held forever .They are about time and time in paintings is movement stilled. There is a sense of fun that is sometimes picturesque, that verges hesitantly on the erotic, but excels in the shrewd, tongue – in- cheek observation of individual psychology and the customs and manners of groups.