Naina Kanodia is widely regarded as the pioneer of naïve art in India. The simplicity of her style gives a charm to the images themselves and their everyday subjects.

This bright and detailed painting is typical of Naina's work, where pattern and colour are fundamental to the composition.

Naina Kanodia, The Zebra, 2001. Part of the Paintings in Hospitals collection.

Born in 1950, Naina grew up in Delhi. She graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in Economics, winning the National Scholarship of the Government of India.

An economist turned painter, Naina is entirely a self-taught artist, except for a year’s apprenticeship with Anjolie Ela Menon.

Naina Kanodia, The Tiger, 2001. Part of the Paintings in Hospitals collection.

Key facts: We have 7 artworks by Naina in our collection.

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