Anjolie Ela Menon is a mixed Bengali and American parentage. She was a student of Lawrence School, Lovedale, Tamilnadu. She is a renowned Indian artist with her artwork spanning across six decades and multiple genres & mediums. Menon is known for her luminous paintings on Masonite, made with translucent layers of paint that would depict a soft glow.
She is inspired by well-known artists like Amadeo Modigliani, MF Husain, and Byzantine portraits & early Christian iconography.
A staunch feminist, ‘Woman’ is an integral part of her work that depicts them in varied roles & contexts like mothers, daughters, or lovers. Her paintings are characterized by her use of vibrant colors and fluid brushstrokes, which makes them exuberant in appearance.
Her work has been exhibited in India and abroad, including at – the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai, and the British Museum in London.
Menon has been named ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French government and received a prestigious Padma Shri award from Govt Of India.