“His images travel with him; like him, they operate best in the border zones between cultures, are actively different in relation to different audiences… they allude, with grace and cunning, the profile scanners of ethnography."
Ranjit Hoskote, critic
Atul Dodiya's paintings have been exhibited around the world, from New York and Yokohama to Madrid, Venice and London, earning him true international status. His work in the 1980s adhered to a photorealist style of painting, bringing him his first critical acclaim; still, he moved on towards a more fragmented, multilayered technique in the 1990s, taking cues from the two-dimensional, brightly colored pop of David Hockney and Bhupen Khakhar, and from Edward Hopper’s use of light.
From 1999 to 2000, he chose the common shop shutter as his medium, an allusion Mumbai, India's commercial capital and Dodiya’s hometown. The works included a careful juxtaposition of images on the shutter and canvas, playing with the notions of open/closed, private/public and what one chooses to reveal or hide. In a more recent series, he appropriated the rectilinear framings of Piet Mondrian as a kind of grid onto which he mapped his own blotches, cracks and stains.
Awarded a scholarship from the French Government, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1991 and 1992. His work has been featured in solo and group shows in museums and galleries worldwide, with solo shows in cities like New York, Baroda, Mumbai, Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo, Berlin and New Delhi. In 1995 he was awarded the Sanskriti Award from the New Delhi-based Sanskriti Foundation, and in 1999 he received Italy’s Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship.
Dodiya was born in Mumbai, where he graduated from the Sir J. J. School of Art in 1982. He continues to live and work in Mumbai and is married to fellow artist, Anju Dodiya.