The artist creates forms that are largely geometric in nature, using an interconnected system of lines and dots that expand in the form of concentric circles, generated by the use of fractals and repetitions. The process involves several underlying layers of precise drawing using grids, scales and angles of deflection, often using only a single color-black, and leaving out the white canvas, she creates a vast, encompassing landscape that is always in-flux.

Although visually her works might appear abstract, they are very much informed by the experiences of migration and displacement both at a personal as well as the sociological level and the observations about how our relationship with the natural and built environment is replete with contradictions, complexities, and vulnerabilities.

Anni Kumari

Born 1983, Jamshedpur, India

Lives and works in Delhi, India

2011-13: Delhi University, College of Art, Master of Fine Arts, Painting (Distinction)
2007-11: Delhi University, College of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting (First Division)
2002-05: Delhi University, Miranda House, Bachelor of Art, Political Science (Gold Medallist)
1993-99: Tagore School of Art, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, Diploma in Fine Arts

2017: City Women Artist Award, Prafulla Dhanukar Foundation
2012: AIFACS Award in Drawing, Delhi
2012: Buddy Bear (Indo-German Friendship Mascot) Design Competition; Mascot installed at the German Embassy, New Delhi
2009: Canopy International Art Award, Ashoka Trust
1999: President’s Award of the Bharat Scouts and Guides
1998: United Nations Exhibitions Programme, Atlanta, USA

Community/Invited Projects
2017: Shortlisted for Asia Art Archive and Inlaks Artist research grant
2017: Invited to space studio for two months residency, Baroda
2016: ABOUTTURN: Is the female point of view essentially feminist, a year-long project titled, Gendered Objects concluding in a show at Alliance Francaise, Gurgaon
2015: Gendered Objects workshop at Basti Vikas Kendra in collaboration with CASP Delhi Chapter and Begumpur Community Engagement Program.
2011: Art project as part of Delhi Food Festival designing the 25 feet panel at Barakhamba road, Delhi.
2010:” I Don’t Want To See No More” Japan-India & Bangladesh Performance Art Exchange Project

Art Camps/Artist Residencies/Workshops
2017: National Women Painter’s Camp, Kerala Lalith Kala Akademi, Kerala
2017: National Artist Camp, Word School of Design, Haryana
2016: Piramal Art Residency, Mumbai, Maharashtra
2015: International Artist Residency, Art for Change Foundation, Delhi
2015: Sowing seeds International Artist Village Residency, Rajasthan
2015: National Artist Camp, ITM SAAD University, Baroda, Gujarat
2014: National Artist Workshop, Lait Kala Akademi,Garhi, New Delhi
2013: Lines in Our Minds, Artist Residency, Art for Change Foundation, Delhi
2012: Basurama, The B face of the city, Spanish Cultural Centre, Instituto Cervantes
2010: National Students Art Camp, Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, Mysore, Karnataka
2008: Painting workshop, National Convention of Spic Macay, Kohima, Nagaland
2008: Clay Modelling Workshop under the guidance of K.S. Radha Krishnan 

Invited Shows
2019: Mirrored Questions, two person show at Art District XIII (Delhi)
2017: Again & yet again, group show at OED gallery during the Kochi Biennale (Kerala)
2017: Some things change, two-women show at India International Centre (Delhi)
2017: Unexplored Spaces, group show at ArpanaCaur Art Gallery (Delhi)
2017: National Exhibition, Camlin Art Foundation, Jahangir Art Gallery (Mumbai)
2016: Group show, Maharaja Sayajirao University Art Gallery (Baroda)
2016: Five for the Future, Art District XIII, as part of the five finalist under the Emerging Artist Award by BestCollege Art and Glenfiddich India
2016: ABOUTTURN: Is the female point of view essentially feminist, a group show at Alliance Francaise( Gurgaon)
2016: Ideas Travel faster than light at Niv Art Centre and India Habitat Centre as part of PUBLICA, Floodlight Foundation, Delhi
2015: Things Happen all the time, curated by Jasone Miranda Bilbao at Niv Art Centre (Delhi)
2015: The many faces of Human Dignity, Fusion Studio (Delhi)
2012: AIFACS Annual Art Exhibition (Delhi)
2011: Ravi Jain Memorial Art Exhibition, Dhoomimal Art Gallery (Delhi)
2009: Camlin Northern Region Exhibition (Delhi)
2006: Short Film Festival (Kolkata)
2005: Beyond Borders Festival, British council (Delhi)
1998: United Nations Exhibitions Programme, Atlanta ( USA )


2017-18: Sahapedia-UNESCO project fellowship
2017: Artist fellowship Nari Gunjan, Patna in collaboration with Artreach India, Delhi
2015-16: Teaching Artist fellowship, Atreach India, Delhi
2014: Award of Junior Research Fellowship, UGC
2013: National Artist Scholarship, Lalit Kala Akademi
2011: JRF, Ministry Of Culture, Govt. of India
2011: Merit Scholarship, HRD, College of Art
2008: Gurukul Scholarship, Spic Macay foundation 

Works in Public/Private Collection
German Embassy, Delhi
Gitanjani Mani Foundation, Bangalore
Piramal Art Foundation, Mumbai
CGH Mararikulam, Kerala
Four seasons group of Hotels & Resorts, Hong Kong
Lalit Kala Akademi, Garhi Regional Centre, Delhi
Kerala LalithkalaAkademi, Kerala
ITM University, Baroda
Art for Change Foundation, Delhi
Word School of Design, Haryana 


Anni Kumari

Anni Kumari