Dhruvi Acharya, a native of Mumbai, began painting her memories of home soon after reaching the USA in 1995. She received her MFA in painting, with a scholarship, from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and has been exhibiting professionally since her graduation, when a prominent gallery asked to exhibit her thesis works.
In India, Acharya studied Applied Arts at the Sophia Polytechnic College, where she received a gold medal. In 2006 Acharya was awarded the Aditya Birla Kala Kiran Puraskar (India) and nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (USA), and in 2005 she was featured on the cover of India Today.
Acharya’s work has been written about in Art India, Hindustan Times, The Times of India, Vogue India, Time Out Mumbai, India Today, The Hindu, Indian Express, Mid Day, Elle, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun among others. Acharya’s paintings have been shown in museums, galleries and art fairs around the world. She divides her time between Mumbai and New York.
The India Art Fair (IAF) is usually a maze. Even with a map in hand and a purpose in mind, one can easily get lost or distracted. Often one meanders while trying to locate that elusive booth, which only leads to happy and unexpected discoveries. You might suddenly be caught unaware by a gem, while sipping tea.
At artist Dhruvi Acharya’s sea-facing home at Breach Candy, a large installation that is still in the making sits in the corner of the living room. The soft sculptural bedroom titled, what once was, still is, but isn’t, takes you into the intimate shared space. “The bed has been part of my work since ever I got married 21 years...