Dhruvi Acharya – an Indian artist, known for her psychologically complex and visually layered paintings.

She was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in 2006.


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Dhruvi Acharya

The Universality of the Human

Dhruvi Acharya was born in 1971 in India and she was raised in Mumbai. She attended Walsingham House School, a private girls school in Mumbai.

Acharya received her undergraduate degree in 1993 in Applied Arts at the Sophia College for Women in Mumbai. She went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts(MFA) degree in 1998 from the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland. At MICA, she studied with painter Grace Hartigan.

She was married to filmmaker Manish Acharya, who passed away in 2010 in an accident, together they have two sons.Dhruvi AcharyaDhruvi 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. Acharya began exhibiting her works professionally in 1998 in the USA where she spent 10 years.

Acharya has held solo exhibitions with Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai, Nature Morte in New Delhi, Gomez Gallery in Baltimore and Kravets/Wehby in New York. Her selected participations include shows at the San Jose Museum of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane, BosePacia Modern in New York, National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai and Queens Museum of Art in New York.

Acharya has been the recipient of the FICCI Young Woman Achievers award in 2013, and was featured on the cover of India Today in 2005.
The artist lives and works in Mumbai.

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My work focuses on the psychological and emotional aspects of an urban woman’s life in a world teeming with discord, inequalities, gender disparities, violence and environmental catastrophes. Often utilizing a subtle, dark and wry humour to address these troubling issues, I also reflect on the hope, empathy and courage that exist in our minds, creating works that are visually and psychologically layered.
My work is based on my drawings, and my sketch books are like a daily journal – a chronicle of my thoughts, observations, emotions and experiencesIn my work I create a world where thoughts are as visible as “reality”, where human forms morph to match their mental state, and comic book-inspired empty thought and speech bubbles convey ineffable emotions. The protagonists in my work populate a world where past memories, the present, and imagined futures can all coexist.
However when the works are viewed, I hope that the myriad detailing lures viewers to reflect on their own experiences and sentiments, making the specifics of the stories and the meaning of each image unimportant and allowing for the contemplation of our shared human existence.

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Honors & Awards
2014   FICCI YFLO Achiever’s Award, India
2006   Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Kiran Puraskar Award, India
2006   Nominated for The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, USA
2005   Included among Leaders of their Generation, India Today (cover), January
1996   International Students Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore
1992, 91, 89 Student of the Year Awards, Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai
1992   Gold Medal for the Best Annual Exhibition, Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai

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