Dhruvi Acharya

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Dhruvi Acharya
Born1971 (age 50–51)
Alma materSophia Polytechnic,
Maryland Institute College of Art
Known forPainting
SpouseManish Acharya

Dhruvi Acharya (born in 1971)[1] is an Indian artist known for her psychologically complex and visually layered paintings.[2] She is based in Mumbai, India.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Dhruvi Acharya was born in 1971 in India and she was raised in Mumbai.[4] She attended Walsingham House School, a private girls school in Mumbai.[5]

Acharya received her undergraduate degree in 1993 in Applied Arts at the Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai.[1][6] She went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in 1998 from the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland.[1] At MICA, she studied with painter Grace Hartigan.[4]

She was married to filmmaker Manish Acharya, with whom she had two sons. Manish Acharya died in 2010 in an accident.[7][8]


Acharya was featured in India Today news magazine in January 2005 as one of the 50 Indians under 35 years of age that are on the “fast track to success”.[9]

She has exhibited with the Queens Museum of Art in New York, the San Jose Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya museum in Mumbai, Griffith University, Webster University in St. Louis, Brisbane and the former Spazio Oberdan in Milan.[10] In 2017 Acharya participated in the panel Post-Boom: Artists and Their Practices at the Asia Society India Centre in Mumbai.[11]

Acharya's special projects include "painting as performance", with Chitra Ganesh at the India Art Fair in 2015 and "JSW", a 32 foot mural for the Jindal Steel Works Center, Mumbai.[12], Installation titled “what once was, still is, but isn’t…” where Acharya submerged the gallery room with cotton fabrics at Morte gallery, Delhi.[13][14]


Acharya has been the recipient of the 2014 YFLO Young Women Achiever's Awards.[15]


  1. ^ a b c "Dhruvi Acharya Biography". www.artnet.com. Archived from the original on 11 March 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Painting, Still Lively - Slide 4 of 13". The New York Times. 2010. Archived from the original on 8 June 2021. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  3. ^ Agrawal, Ravin (2009). "Transcript of "10 young Indian artists to watch"". TedIndia. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  4. ^ a b "People: Dhruvi Acharya". The Floating Magazine. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  5. ^ "The Universality of the Human Experience". magzter.com. Archived from the original on 17 October 2019. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Dhruvi Acharya". Saffronart. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  7. ^ Mishra, Manish D. (20 October 2013). "Take risks & trust your intuition: Dhruvi Acharya". DNA India. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  8. ^ "Losing her father and husband in one year, here's how this artist fought back". Elle India. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Young guns who represent the changing face of India". India Today. 31 January 2005. Archived from the original on 18 July 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  10. ^ "India Arte Oggi Spazio Oberdan Milano". 1995-2015.undo.net (in Italian). Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Post-Boom: Artists and Their Practices". Asia Society. Retrieved 30 October 2021.
  12. ^ "There's accounting for taste". Mumbai Mirror. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Filling a Vacuum". The Indian Express. 30 January 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  14. ^ Deepak, Sukant (14 January 2020). "Dhruvi Acharya and art of dealing with loss". www.thehansindia.com. Retrieved 20 March 2021.
  15. ^ "YFLO Women Achiever's Awards 2014 -Reimaging India April 3, 2014". FICCI FLO. Retrieved 21 October 2020.

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