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about the artwork

Archana Anand paint in a surrealistic manner superimposed by elements of nature by submerging oil colour on canvas with numerous layers, details, expressive brushstrokes and vigorous bursts of colours, resonating as much with passion as with hue.

Most of her art work is multi-layered style of magnificent and colour-explosive female character portraiture. Using oil paint, her elaborate and surreal portraits painted on canvas with high level of skill, captivate viewers, inspire joy, and challenge preconceptions of fine and urban art.

The main focus of her art is Optimism and state of a human soul – dreams, longing, love, pain, happiness, growing up and self-discovery. Her subject starts from melancholic world to progressive life and beauty overfilling this world.

Influenced by contemporary artists, old masters, her admiration for elements of nature, females, fairytales and fantasy, moves her art in a constant state of development. She paints upon personal esoteric experiences, continuous analysis and current influences.

Currently residing in Bangalore. She loves to travel both within country and international destinations to experience the world and gain new inspirations for her artwork.  She mostly works with traditional medium of oil painting on canvas, but she is also a trained Tanjore painting and 3D clay artist.

About the Artist

Archana was born in Maithon a small township in Jharkhand, India. Her first contact with art came when she was very young and returning home after a long day at school. On her way she saw huge fabricated multi-colored structure (called pandal which is used for worship of Indian goddess Durga) adorned with artworks and lights. When she entered in pandal, it was full of beautiful paintings which was used as background of Goddess Durga statue.  The little girl was never fascinated to this level as she was by this sight and decided to test herself in field of art. She started experimenting with colours, medium and different surfaces. She worked and practiced extensively, so much in fact, that she preferred to skip the tiffin breaks in school so that she could have more time to draw and sketch. Many nights were sleepless for her as new ideas and excitement to put them on canvas don’t let her sleep. Slowly she became fearless and started working on different mediums like aluminum sheet, clay, wax etc. Today her each piece of art is unique and full of energy, balanced by her spontaneous actions which conveys its own story.

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2016 Group Show at Muse Art Gallery in Hyderabad.

2017 (May) Solo Art Show and Group Show at Art Houz Gallery in Bangalore .

Her art is part of private collection at Art Houz Gallery.

2018 (January) “Wande Maatram” at Artizen Art Gallery in Delhi.

2018 (March) Group show at Ravindra Manch Art Gallery Jaipur.

2018 (June) Article in Indian Express newspaper.

2018 (September) Index at World Trade Center Dubai, UAE

2018 (November) Art Asia at KINTEX exhibition center 1, Seoul South Korea.

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