Sunday, December 30, 2012


Nayanaa Kanodia  "The Magic of Moscow"
Nayanaa Kanodia is an Indian artist who works in the tradition of l'art naif. She was in fact, essentially self-taught, as her original university training was in the field of economics. A short apprenticeship with the artist Anjolie Ela Menon convinced Kanodia she was on the right track, and she has not looked back. Her work has been exhibited widely in India and abroad and is in many collections including that of the Musee International d'Art Naif in Paris. 

"The Magic of Moscow" was painted after a tour of Russia, where the artist was delighted by the fairy-tale architecture and flattered by the interest shown in her clothing (saris.) "At home, the sari is everyday attire" she explains, "but the people of Moscow found it as unusual and fascinating as I did their architecture."

Nayanaa Kanodia  "The Artist Couple"
"The Artist Couple" does not portray any particular people Kanodia knows, but is more a playful exploration of what it might be like to be part of such a creative team. (She includes herself as the portrait model.) Kanodia describes her work overall as a reflection of the changing face of the Indian nation. The artist's website can be found here.

1 comment:

valerie walsh said...

I really love her work, charming and really uplifting! It makes me happy :)