Dhruvi Acharya’s work focuses on the psychological and emotional aspects of an urban woman’s lifein a world teeming with discord, violence and pollution. Employing a subtle, dark and wry humour, the work draws viewers into a world where thoughts are as visible as “reality”, and where the protagonists live and metamorphose by the logic of that world.
In her lusciously painted world, human forms morph to match their mental state, comic book inspired empty thought and speech bubbles convey ineffable emotions, and memory drawings fade in and out of layers of paint; merging the past, the present and imagined futures. The paintings are based on her drawing that are like a daily journal, a chronicle of thoughts, observations, emotions and experiences. Influenced by Indian miniatures, comic books and contemporary street art, the paintings that have a smooth physical surface but are visually and psychologically layered.
The myriad visual detailing in Acharya’s work lures viewers to reflect on their own experiences and sentiments, making the specifics of the stories and the meaning of each image unimportant, and allowing for the contemplation of our shared human existence.
Dhruvi Acharya received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, USA in 1998, and completed her Post Baccalaureate in 1996 from the same college. Acharya began exhibiting her works professionally in 1998 in the USA where she spent 10 years.
Acharya has held solo exhibitions with Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai, Nature Morte in New Delhi, Gomez Gallery in Baltimore and Kravets/Wehby in New York. Her selected participations include shows at the San Jose Museum of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane, BosePacia Modern in New York, National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai and Queens Museum of Art in New York,
Acharya has been the recipient of the FICCI Young Woman Achievers award in 2013, and was featured on the cover of India Today in 2005.
The artist lives and works in Mumbai.