7 Female Painters Of India Who Achieved Fame In The Male Dominated World

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1:00 pm 28 Feb, 2014


India has produced female painters who have displayed their talent worldwide; hence, bringing a change in the acceptance of women in the field of art and culture. Their journey might not have been a cakewalk but their areas of work and expertise have showered them with popularity and respect. We have come up with a list of such prominent female painters who have inspired all with their influential paintings. Let’s know them more closely here:

7. Nalini Malani

She is one of those artists whose paintings depicted social and political issues influenced from her experiences as a refugee during the partition of India. She has been innovative in accommodating new mediums with her work. She has established herself as a multimedia artist and always tries to sync the modern technology with conventional style of painting.

Nalini Malani

6. Nilima Sheikh


Nilima Sheikh’s paintings address women centric issues. Her popular work series “When champa grew up” consisted of 12 tempera paintings narrating the story of young girl and her hardships. Her work includes diverse style of paintings from the hand held miniature to conventional paintings. Born in Baroda in 1945, she has displayed her talent since her first solo exhibition held in 1983.

Nilima Sheikh

5. Jayasri Burman

Born in Kolkata, Jayasri is a contemporary Indian artist whose works are mainly in water colors depicting the vast tradition of Hindu mythology and women centric issues. She trained from the illustrious Monsieur Ceizerzi in print making and comes from a family of eminent artists. She helped organize the exhibition “The Family” where she exhibited the work of her family members.

Jayasri Burman

4. Reema Bansal

This young artist born in 1986, started painting at the tender age of 3. Support from her family and teachers motivated her to pursue her interest further. Despite her disease (neuropathy) which results in weakening of hands and arms, she has continued her passion of painting. She has received accolades for her work and has won many competitions for her impressive paintings.

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3. Arpita Singh

Born in the year 1937, Arpita Singh is a contemporary painter known for depicting woman’s perspective through her work. She is a figurative artist whose canvas is dominated with vibrant pink and flamboyant blue color. Her painting “Wish Dreams” was sold for a whooping 9.6crores in 2010 auction. She was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan in 2011.

Arpita Singh

2. Anjolie Ela Menon

She is India’s leading artist whose work is part of several painting collections all over the world.  She is a renowned muralist and has experience with sculptures as well. Her work “Yatra” was recently acquired by the Art Museum of San Francisco. She was awarded the Padma Shree award in the year 2000. Her popular work includes “Kalpana”, “Devyani”, “Mariam”, “Mutations” & more.

Anjolie Ela Menon

1. Amrita Sher-Gil

Amrita Sher-Gil was a renowned Indian painter also referred to as India’s Frida Kahlo. She has influenced generations to pursue painting as a profession. She is considered to be the most charismatic artists of the pre-colonial era. Her work mostly depicted her love for the country and her concern for the poor and distressed. Her painting “Village Scene” was sold at 6.9 crores in the year 2006. Her persona was such that a postage stamp based on her painting “Hill Women” was released by the Indian post and a road was named after her in Delhi.

Further Reading: 6 Badass Indian Females of All Time


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