Dhruvi Acharya

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Dhruvi Acharya
Born1971 (age 49–50)
Alma materSophia College for Women,
Maryland Institute College of Art
Known forPainting
Spouse(s)Manish 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 College for Women 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, who passed away in 2010 in an accident,[7][8] together they have two sons.


Dhruvi 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] She has presented at the National Centre for Performing Arts and the Asia Society in Mumbai.[when?][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] and the 2006 AVB Kiran Puraskar award in Painting, from Sangit Kala Kendra in Mumbai, India.[16][better source needed]


  1. ^ a b c "Dhruvi Acharya Biography". www.artnet.com. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Painting, Still Lively - Slide 4 of 13". The New York Times. 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  3. ^ Agrawal, Ravin (2009). "Transcript of "10 young Indian artists to watch"". TedIndia. 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. 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. 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 21 October 2020.
  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.
  16. ^ "Sangit Kala Kendra". www.sangitkalakendra.org. Retrieved 21 October 2020.

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