Widely considered one of India’s most significant artists, Atul Dodiya was trained in Mumbai at the Sir J.J. School of Art, 1982, and École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1991–92. Dodiya became known in the nineties for his hyperrealist paintings depicting middle-class Indian life and for his watercolour and oil series on Mahatma Gandhi. His narratives are populated by diverse traditions in painting, the written word, images from the media, saints and legends, national history, political events, traumata and autobiographical narratives. His allegorical paintings on canvas or metal roller shutters and watercolours are considered either aggressive or poetic.
Atul Dodiya has had more than 30 solo shows in India and abroad, which include a mid-career retrospective at the Japan Foundation Asia Centre, Tokyo, in 2001; a solo show in the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, in 2002, and the Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, USA, in 2013; a major survey show at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, in 2013. He participated in the 1st Yokohoma Triennale, 2001, the 51st Venice Biennale, 2005, Documenta12, 2007, the 7th Gwangju Biennale, 2008, the 3rd Moscow Biennale, 2009, the Biennale Jogja XI, 2011, the 7th Asia Pacific Triennale, Brisbane, 2012, and the 1st Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India, 2012. A major monograph on Atul Dodiya, published by Prestel Verlag and Vadehra Art Gallery, was released in January 2014. The artist lives and works in Mumbai, India.