Anjolie Ela (born 1940 in West Bengal, India) is an offspring of mixed Bengal and American parentage. She was married to Raja Menon, an Indian Navy Officer and her childhood love. She lived her life in India, the U.S and a number of European countries, Japan and former USSR. Her husband retired as an Admiral. She held several solo shows in the countries she live in. she also represented Indian in several of them and is well known as a muralist. India’s leading contemporary female artist Anjolie made her name both in the domestic and international circuits.
Education and Career of Anjolie Ela Menon
Anjolie studied at Lawrence School (Lovedale, Ootacamund of the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu). By the time she was 15 and left the school, she had become an artist selling some of them. She joined Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art at Mumbai and earned also a degree in English Literature from Delhi University studying at Miranda House, a famous women's college. She was then attracted to the works of Modigliani, and Indian painters such as Amrita Shergil and M F Husain.
She held a solo exhibition at 18 with fifty-three paintings in a range of styles. Earning a French Government scholarship due to her brilliance, she studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She then traveled widely in Europe and West Asia studying Byzantine and Romanesque art.
Important works of Anjolie Ela Menon
Anjolie’s works are exhibited in various painting collections across the world. 'Yatra', one of her brilliant art works was picked up in 2006 by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, California. She invariably works with the oil on Masonite medium. She has also worked with mediums such as glass and water color.
Awards and Achievement of Anjolie Ela Menon
Anjolie was awarded the Padma Shree. "Anjolie Ela Menon: Paintings in Private Collections", a book depicting her life and work was recently published.