A brilliant colorist, Nayanaa Kanodia, an economist turned painter, is considered to be the pioneer of l’Art Naïf in India, a genre until then unseen and unheard of in a contemporary context. She has since established a rare niche for herself in this very particular mode. Having won the National Scholarship of the Government of India, she completed her graduation from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi with an Honours Degree in Economics.
Nayanaa Kanodia’s journey is a story of talent, passion and vision. She has portrayed India’s transforming culture as no artist has done before on such a huge time frame. In 1998 she was chosen from among artists of all The Commonwealth Countries by The Commonwealth Institute to have a solo show to inaugurate their newly renovated Complex in London. Impressed by the social messages being conveyed in her paintings, a consortium of schools in Los Altos, USA, is using her work as a medium of instruction to their students. The famous author, Erica Jong has recently acquired her work. Nayanaa’s paintings feature in a recently published international book ‘Women in Art’ by Reinhard Fuchs. Nayanaa considers it a great honour to be selected amongst the world’s most talented female artists.
Nayanaa has participated in innumerable group shows nationally and internationally, the major ones being: New York – 1988; National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai - 1997, 1998; Dubai - 1998, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.2017, 2018; London - 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; France,‘Centre Regional D’Art Contemporain’, Sete – 2001; Washington – 2001; Paris – 2002; Hong Kong - 2005, 2012, 2015; Singapore - 2006, 2011; The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo – 2007; South Africa – 2007; USA - 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020; Melbourne, Australia – 2017; Bangkok, Thailand - 2017 India at 70 , I.C.C.R., India; Bahrain – 2018; London – 2019.