Atrist of the Day | Dhruvi Acharya
Mother earth, 2017 Charcoal and synthetic polymer paint on unprimed canvas 72 × 59 4/5 in
Dhruvi Acharya, a native of Mumbai, began painting her memories of home soon after reaching the US in 1995. Dhruvi received her MFA in painting, with a scholarship, from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, USA where she was coached by the illustrious painter Grace Hartigan. In India, she studied Applied Arts at Sophia Polytechnic College. At Sophia’s, she was the first fourth-year student to be awarded the Gold Medal, an honour usually reserved for the final year students.
Dhruvi was featured on the cover of India Today in January 2005 as one of the 50 Indians under 35 years of age that are on the “fast track to success”. She has been written about in the New York Times, Art India magazine, The Times of India, Indian Express, Mid-Day, the Baltimore Sun, Elle, Verve, and L’Officiel among others. She was a nominee for the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, 2006. She was invited to give a talk at the prestigious National Centre of Performing Arts, Mumbai. This young painter has had solo shows in the US and in India, and has exhibited in juried shows with judging panelists from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Hirshhorn (Smithsonian) Museum. She was a nominee for the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, 2006. Her works are held in private and public collections both in India and America. A mother of a three-year and a five-year old boy, she is quickly learning how to juggle, so that she can find a fine balance amongst her various roles. courtesy of artsy.net, saffronart.com