Madhvi Parekh


One of India’s most celebrated modern artists, self-taught painter and printmaker Madhvi Parekh creates joyful scenes of rural life incorporating folk stories, local legends, and childhood memories. Inspired by Paul Klee and Joan Miró, her paintings have a surreal, dreamlike quality.

The New Delhi–based artist began painting in the 1960s with encouragement from her husband, artist Manu Parekh. They are the subjects of a 1992 documentary film, Dwity, by Suraj Purohit, that centers on their marriage and mutually supportive artistic partnership. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group shows, including a 1993–94 retrospective, which traveled to Mumbai, New Delhi, and Kolkata, India.

She is the recipient of many residencies and awards, including a 1989–91 senior fellowship from India’s Ministry of Culture.