From a national level badminton player and budding economics graduate, to an award- winning artist, sculptor and entrepreneur, Madhuri’s artistic evolution reflects her personal journey. Beginning with figurative imagery in the late 80s and moving towards abstraction in the new millennium, Madhuri’s catalogue is exuberant. Her predilection for oils is in harmony with her philosophy of living in the present. By 2002, her now popular “assemblages” were born, featuring found metal scraps and leftovers from her practice.
Madhuri’s works have travelled the world, showing in more than forty solo shows, over a 100 group shows, and have been part of art fairs in New York, London, Singapore, Miami, Dubai and Rotterdam. Her creations are in the collections of renowned Indian institutions, corporates, hotels, aesthetes, corporate tycoons and prestigious business families. Their unwavering support as well as accolades from prominent personalities and institutions have given her the impetus to constantly reinvent her practice. Madhuri’s curious nature leads her to discover new places, participate in workshops, camps, seminars and residencies where she interacts with the art fraternity. To reconnect with her economics degree and update her skill set, Madhuri recently completed a summer study course in Finance and Art
at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She keeps her followers updated on new projects and techniques via social media, including tours of her studio and progress.
Madhuri was most recently honoured with the prestigious Amrita Shergill Rashtriya Kala Puraskar (2018) by the National Institute of Fine Arts (NIFA), New Delhi. The same year, she was the recipient of the Exceptional Woman of Excellence in
Art Award from the Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) at The Hague, Netherlands, where she also led three panel discussions, on empowering and inspiring women,
on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Madhuri has also served as a judge for art competitions, a participant for panel discussions, a guest on several radio shows, and featured in numerous Indian newspapers and publications. Madhuri
has lent works to auctions and sales, conducted interactive workshops and demonstrations, to raise crucial funds for charities like CRY, Concern India, Cancer Patients Aid Association, Khushii Foundation, to name a few.
Madhuri’s work reveals a mature, confident hand that reflects her persona: vibrant yet harmonious, spontaneous yet refined. Her love of colour is apparent in her use of an eye-catching palette, drawing on nature and her surroundings to create a non- representational idiom. The ongoing series are resplendent in their composition and appeal, transcends the beholder’s age and artistic temperament. Drawing from her travels to exotic locales and her love of nature, she imbibes each painting with a sense of stillness, like a glimpse or vision caught forever by her masterful brushwork.
-Nishita Zachariah (Art writer and educator)