Madhvi Parekh

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Madhvi Parekh (born 1942) is an Indian contemporary artist. Born in Sanjan, Gujarat, she lives and works in New Delhi.

Early life and works[edit]

Born and raised in Gujarat with no formal education in art, Madhvi Parekh's early works have been inspired by narratives and folk stories from her childhood spent in a rural part of India. Traditional floor designs of Rangoli made art a part of everyday household ritual for Madhvi and this morphed in the first introduction to early forms of painting.[1] In the initial days of their married life, artist-husband, Manu Parekh gifted Madhvi a book called Pedagogical Sketchbook by Paul Klee, a Swiss German artist .[2] The book inspired her to begin working with geometrical figures after which Madhvi formally began painting in the year 1964. Beginning with many solos, Madhvi participated in notable group shows such as, Play Turkey and Yugoslavia in 1985, Watercolours by Four Women Artists, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal in 1987 and Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in 1987.[3]


Madhvi Parekh, started painting by depicting memories of her childhood and fantasy. Her paintings are vivid and surreal. She started painting in traditional folk style and later, gradually moved towards oil and acrylic on canvas and watercolor on paper, which allowed her the freedom to broaden her artistic imagination, and find a language where she expressed her views on women, children, urban and rural.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Madhvi Parekh was married at the age of sixteen to Manu Parekh, an Indian artist who studied from JJ School Of Arts. It was Manu who encouraged her to paint by giving her the tools and support to begin.[5] She gained much of her exposure and inspiration from him.[6] Madhvi first picked up a pencil to draw while she was pregnant with their first daughter, Manisha.


  1. ^ "MADHVI PAREKH | Discover DAG". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  2. ^ "Here's why Madhvi Parekh is an artist of her own making". India Today. 2017-11-04. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  3. ^ "Madhvi Parekh - Art Heritage | Art Gallery New Delhi". Art Heritage | Art Gallery New Delhi. Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  4. ^ The Self & The World , an exhibition of Indian Women Artist. 1997. p. 43.
  5. ^ Khurana, Chanpreet. "Dots and dashes: How artist Madhvi Parekh developed her own language to tell stories of her youth". Retrieved 2018-03-03.
  6. ^ Tripathi, Shailaja (2016-05-30). "Telling a timeless story". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2017-09-18.