A brilliant colourist, Nayanaa Kanodia can be considered to be the pioneer of the genre of L’Art Naif in India. She has held innumerable shows in India and abroad. Her paintings are in the collection of major art collectors and corporate houses all over the world .Musee International D’Naif Art in Paris permanently displays her paintings. She has exhibited and demonstrated her painting techniques in Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has been featured in an international publication Women in Art by Reinhard Fuchs, a rare honour for any Indian artist. She was chosen from all the artists of The Commonwealth Countries to have a solo show in their newly renovated complex in London .Impressed with the social messages being conveyed in her paintings, a consortium of schools in Los Altos, U.S.A. is using her work as a medium of instruction to their students. She was honoured with an award from Megh Mandal Sansthan, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. She is associated with many charitable societies, gives talks and conducts workshops and presentations on art in various organizations and universities. She is also a judge in art competitions. She has attended Art Camps in India, London, Sweden, Italy, Moscow, Greece, Bangkok and Cambodia. Her work is characterised by the air of whimsy, flat bright polished surfaces and the extraordinary plethora of intricately worked details and patterns. She has portrayed India’s culture –Past and Present- as no artist has done before on such a huge time frame. This will be a record for generations to come .Her work contains the most important social messages of our lives. Nayanaa says “My paintings intend to make you feel that you are watching a snapshot of life at maximum preposterousness , exuberant and bursting with energy, idiosyncrasy and absurdity .The conversation I hope to create in my work is a certain truth of life and on a deeper level, a well thought philosophy. Individuals may interpret my paintings in vastly disparate ways and each view will be equally logical and plausible, thought provoking and intriguing.”
Nayanaa Kanodia grew up in Delhi, graduating from Lady Shri Ram College, in Economics Honours and winning the National Scholarship of the Government of India. An Economist turned painter, Nayanaa is entirely a self-taught artist working in L' art Naif, except for a year's apprenticeship with Anjolie Ela Menon.
Since 1986,More than 36 solo shows in India and abroad.
Since 1988,More than 150 group shows worldwide.
She has exhibited widely in India and abroad, in solo and group shows, especially in museums and art galleries in London and Paris. In 1998, she was selected by The Commonwealth Institute, to hold a solo show in their newly renovated complex in London. In 2001she was invited by the Victoria and Albert Museum, UK to exhibit her work and to give a demonstration of her technique. She has also conducted several art workshops and participated in camps in various parts on India and overseas.
Nayanaa’s work is held in many public and private collections in India and abroad including Museums. She lives in Mumbai.
This artwork is characterized by a simplistic, even childlike, depiction of everyday life
This painting “Daily Routine” is an outstanding work by artist Nayanaa Kanodia. Her work is characterized by the air of whimsy, flat bright polished surfaces and the extraordinary plethora of intricately worked details and patterns lend the works the feel of a storybook. Her paintings intend to make you feel that you are watching a snapshot of life at maximum preposterousness, exuberant and bursting with energy, idiosyncrasy and absurdity. This painting provokes a heightened consciousness and challenges the viewer to consider the reigning and ever-transforming civilization. In her painting a picture of the moment is built up in which whole histories and relationships are made visible. This painting are moments of pleasure held forever. They are about time and time in paintings is movement stilled. Individuals may interpret her paintings in vastly disparate ways and each view will be equally logical and plausible, thought provoking and intriguing.