Nayanaa Kanodia pioneered Naif L’Art in India, a genre till then unseen and unheard of in India in a contemporary context. In 1998 she was chosen among the artists of all The Commonwealth Countries by The Commonwealth Institute to have a Solo Show to inaugurate their newly renovated Complex in London.
She has participated in innumerable group shows nationally and internationally including the ones in New York in 1988; National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai in 1997 & 1998; Dubai in 1998, 2012, 2012, 2013 , 2014 ,2015, London in 2001, 2002 ,2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, ‘Centre Regional D’Art Contemporain’, Sete, France in 2001; Washington in 2001; Paris in 2002; Hong Kong in 2005, 2012, Singapore in 2006, 2011, ‘The Ueno Royal Museum’, Tokyo in 2007; South Africa in 2007, and USA in 2015.
Nayanaa is the first Indian of non-British origin whose works are in the collection of the ‘Paintings in Hospitals’, UK previously named as British Museum. She has conducted Art Camps/Workshops in India and abroad . Her work also features in several auctions of Indian Contemporary Art internationally.
Looking at the contribution she has made to L’Art Naïve , she was invited by Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 2001 to demonstrate her painting techniques in this prestigious Museum and also exhibit her paintings.
Besides this, she is the first Indian whose paintings are in the collection of Paintings In Hospitals, which was earlier listed as a Museum. Her works are permanently displayed at Musee International D’Naif Art in Paris. Impressed by the social messages being conveyed in her paintings, a consortium of schools in Los Altos , USA, is using her work as a medium of instruction to their students . Erica Jong, a famous author, recently acquired her work
Nayanaa’s paintings are in public and private collections all over the world. Her paintings feature in a recently published international book WOMEN IN ART by Reinhard Fuchs . Given that international artists have not yet fully ascended in female artists is a great honour. Underscored by her self taught education , an economist turned painter, Nayanaa Kanodia’s journey is truly incredible and a story of talent, passion and vision. She lives and works in Mumbai.