Meera Devidayal

Meera Devidayal

artist bio

Meera Devidayal is a prominent artist of Indian contemporary art, who is based in Mumbai. Born in March 1947, Meera Devidayal completed her graduation in English Literature from Loreto Convent, Kolkata in 1966. Because art education was not seen as something prospective those days, she had to study art privately. Her formal training in fine art started in 1969 after she married and came to Mumbai. She studied at the Sir J.J. School of Art for three years, and then switched to a part time course. Though she started as a painter, her oeuvre has expanded to different mediums. She has also actively participated in many public projects. Her works are characterized by the presence of kitsch and popular imagery as references as a reaction against high modernism of the seventies. Thematically her works address the social concerns of the discriminated and marginalized. Her prominent solo shows include ‘A Terrible Beauty”, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai (2014); ‘Where I Live’ Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai (2009); ‘Tum Kab Aaoge’ (When will you come), Anant Art Gallery, Delhi (2005). She has also participated in numerous group shows, the recent ones include India Art Fair, Delhi (2016, 2015, 2011, 2010); ‘Field of Vision’, Gallery Art and Soul (2014); ‘Beyond the Canvas’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai (2013); ‘Kitsch Kitsch Hota Hai’, Gallery Espace, Delhi (2001).

artist statement

I was born in Delhi, grew up in Kolkata, graduated with an Honours degree in English Literature, married and moved to Mumbai in 1967. I have 3 daughters. From being a Sunday painter during my college days, I decided to take up Art seriously, and joined JJ School of Art in 1971 for 3 years. Since 1975 I have been exhibiting solo, and in group shows, mostly in Mumbai, but also in Delhi, Baroda, and Kolkata. My gallery is Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai. Though essentially a painter, I have used a variety of mediums in my art-work, including photography, video, and even objects like taxi doors, and recycled metal sheets. I have participated in a few public art projects, the most recent being a 40-feet mural at T2, Mumbai’s International Airport, which is part of the art project designed by Rajeev Sethi.

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Meera Devidayal

Snakes + Ladders
2008

Meera Devidayal

Construction
2006

Meera Devidayal

Crossings
2013

Meera Devidayal

Migrant
2009

Meera Devidayal

Migrants
2007
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