Madhvi Parekh, born in 1942, Sanjaya (village in Gujarat) is a self-taught artist who first started painting in 1964. She is a modern master in Indian contemporary art. Her paintings are influenced by folk art but also incorporate a modernist style similar to that of Paul Klee and Joan Miró. She is married to equally renowned artist Manu Parekh who trained at Bombay's JJ School of Art. Madhvi gained much exposure and inspiration for art from him. She explored ways of portraying her memories from childhood in her paintings. Her works possess a surreal dreamlike quality where images of fantasy and early days are weaved into her paintings.
Though her themes always revolve around images that affect her, the compositions of her works are flexible, and all her paintings have a strong sense of design. Madhvi’s subjects have a sense of freshness and spontaneity to them.
She has been exhibiting her work since 1972, all over the world and has more close to a hundred solo as well as group shows to her credit.
Since 1964, Madhvi has participated in many solo and important group shows, notably "Watercolour by Four Women Artists', Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (1987), Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay (1987), 'Contemporary Art: Sahmat', presented at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (1990). The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, sponsored a documentary film on Madhvi and her artist husband Manu Parekh in 1992.
Between 1972 and 1993, Madhvi Parekh had eight solo shows, including AI-Khaleej a in Kuwait (1985), and 13 group shows in India and abroad ('Play' in Turkey and Yugoslavia, 1985) and participated in 12 artists' camps and workshops, and auctions held by Sotheby's (1989, Bombay), 'Sahmat' (1989, New Delhi), Asprey (1 990, Help age India, Bombay).
Honours and Awards
2003 Whirlpool Women’s Achievement in The Field of Fine Art
1989-91 Government of India Senior Fellowship
1989 Fund for Artist Colonies, Residency Fellowship at Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
1989 USIA Fellowship for extensive travel in USA
1979 National Award from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1970-72 French Government Scholarship for Fine Arts to study in Paris