BY CSMI STAFF WRITER
Anjolie Ela Menon is a renowned Indian painter and muralist with a body of work that spans six decades and multiple genres and mediums. Menon is known for her luminous paintings on masonite, made with translucent layers of paint that are burnished to a soft glow. Her style is inspired by modern artists Amadeo Modigliani and Maqbool Fida Husain as well as the Byzantine portraits and early Christian iconography she discovered while studying at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Menon has represented India at biennials in Paris, Algiers, and São Paulo, and her work hangs in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Peabody Essex Museum, Chandigarh Museums, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Menon has been named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and received a prestigious Padma Shri award from the government of India.