Dhruvi Acharya

Dhruvi Acharya’s work focuses on the psychological and emotional aspects of an urban woman’s life in a world teeming with discord, violence and pollution. Employing a subtle, dark and wry humour, the work draws viewers into a world where thoughts are as visible as “reality”, and where the protagonists live and metamorphose by the logic of that world.

Acharya received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, USA in 1998, and completed her Post Baccalaureate in 1996 from the same college. She was awarded the Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Kiran Puraskar in 2006, featured on the cover of India Today in 2005 and was recipient of the FICCI Young Woman Achievers award in 2013.

Acharya began exhibiting her works professionally in 1998 in the USA where she spent 10 years. She has held solo exhibitions with Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai, Nature Morte in New Delhi and Kravets/Wehby in New York. Her major projects include a 32-foot mural for JSW in Mumbai, a 16-foot work for the Mumbai Airport and a “painting as performance” project in New Delhi. Her selected participations include shows at the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, Chatrapati Shivaji Museum in Mumbai, Griffith University in Brisbane, Spazio Oberdan in Milan, Webster University in St Louis, BosePacia Modern in New York, National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai and the Queens Museum of Art in New York.

The artist lives and works in Mumbai.

Dhruvi Acharya, battle, 60×54 inches, graphite, charcoal, synthetic polymer paint, oil paint, & glitter on unprimed canvas, 2018