Anjolie Ela Menon (b.1940)
Born of mixed Bengali and American parentage Anjolie Ela Menon briefly attended
J.J. School of art in Bombay and subsequently earned a degree of English Literature
from Delhi University. Showing promise as a teenager, Menon worked and studied in
Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1961-62 on a French Government scholarship.
Before returning home, she traveled extensively in Europe and West Asia studying
Romanesque and Byzantine art. Since then she has lived and worked in India, in
England, the U.S.A., Germany and the erstwhile USSR. She had over thirty solo
shows including at Black heath Gallery-London, Gallery Radicke-Bonn, Winston
Gallery-Washington, Doma Rabindra Bhavanand Shridharani Gallery-New Delhi,
Academy of Fine Arts-Calcutta, the Gallery-Madras, Chemould Gallery, Taj Gallery,
Bombay and Maya Gallery at the Museum Annexe, Hong Kong. A retrospective
exhibition was held in 1988 in Bombay.
In addition to paintings in private and corporate collections, her works have been
acquired by museums in India and abroad. Menon has served on the advisory
committee and the art purchase committee of the National Gallery of Modem
Art, New Delhi, where she was co-curator with Henri Claude Cousseau for a
rnajor exhibition of French Contemporary Art in 1996. A book titled “ANJOLIE
ELA MENON: Paintings in Private Collections” has been published on her life and
The artist lives and works in Delhi.


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