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Meenakshi Jha Banerjee

Meenakshi Jha Banerjee

Summary of Profile

Meenakshi Jha Banerjee is a contemporary painter by profession, working consistently for the past 20 years in Bihar (INDIA). Her roots are deep sown in Madhubani, a district of North Bihar, internationally known for the vivid and vibrant panorama of tradition, embedded in the folk paintings of the region.

She is best known for her experimentations with the traditional elements of Mithila art forms. Over the years, she has evolved a signature style of her own where the feelings, emotions, elements, intricacies and tradition of Madhubani paintings are merged with current subjects, modern medium and contemporary skill, in a diversified dimension. She majorly works with acrylic on stretched canvass.

Initially she practiced and mastered the traditional and colloquial techniques, but as she matured, she started responding to social actions and contemporarisation. Her works are Inspired by the intricate simplicity of the folk art which she inherited and the vibrancy of modern masters, which she admires. Her signature style has a balanced influence of both.

Every piece of her work has minute and intricate detailing which reflects the skill and multiple layering/patching on selective areas reflecting the understanding of the palate and mood.

Her works are in collections and displays at various Government and Corporate organizations like Offices of Govt. of Bihar, Buddha International Museum, Patna Indian Railways, Airport Authority, Life insurance corporation of India, Unicef, ITC, IFFCO etc.

Organisations like Indian oil, Kalyanpur cement , Allahabad bank, Indian army, have also patronized her works.

Recently one of her works has been published as a cover in Australia under the Auspices of #Incredible India movement, jointly by the Ministries of Tourism of the either countries, and now a part of The National Library of Australia. Of late she was very much in news for having painted her own car as a part of public art, which she rides.

Besides these her works are in collections of private buyers in India and abroad. Her works are available on online portals like mojarto and storyltd. Her collectors are from Europe, USA, Canada Africa and major metros of India, who regularly patronize her works through the internet. Her works are available on exhibition and sale in galleries round the year.

She has been adorned with a couple of laurels including Bihar Kala Samman 2013.

In the past few years she has explored with themes like ‘hijras’, Kali , shakti, naari, social media  et al.

She has been covered by National and international Media, widely for her experimentations, which can be easily traced on Google and Youtube.

In her private life, she has established a social enterprise named Kahaanighar.

She says, we have taken a lot from the society. ‘’Its time to pay back”.  She had been paying back to the society through Kahaanighar which has emerged over last two years as an outfit which nurtures and imbibes culture into children and the society around them. Major part of her earnings, goes towards the cost of affairs for nurturing Kahaanighar. Kahaanighar conducts film shows, art sessions, musical symposiums, creative camps, maths classes and many more such activities against no fees. Its a place with free entry for all.

Her Major clients in the past

  • ITC corporate office Patna- 20 feet X 5 feet Acrylic on canvass
  • Indian Railways- 28 paintings of 24 inches x 36 inches on life of Buddha for Patna Railway Junction
  • Govt of Bihar- 10 paintings for various departments and offices
  • Dept of Culture, Govt. of Bihar- 3 paintings for CM secretariat and others
  • IFFCO, New Delhi- 2 paintings 54x54 inches for corporate collection
  • Indian Art Collectors- approx 30 works in India and abroad
  • Buddha International Museum Patna- 16 feet X 8 Feet

Awards & Recognitions

  • All India Women artist camp Lalit kala Academy, Udaipur 2017
  • Bihar kala samman 2013
  • All India National exhibition –two consecutive years
  • Swami Vivekanand Yuva Puraskar
  • Sidheswari Devi Puraskar
  • V P Sinha foundation award
  • R N Pandey smriti Puraskar

Major Exhibitions

  • Solo show at India Habitat Center New Delhi/December/ 2013
  • State Award “young artist” by Dept. of Art& Culture, Govt. of Bihar/ Feb 2013
  • State workshop “ Lalit Kala Akademi , Bihar/2013
  • Solo Show “Basanti “ at Lalit Kala Akademi , New Delhi (Aug 2012)
  • Solo Show “ Basanti at Patna Art College (March 2012)
  • Solo Show “ Basanti at Art Maestro New Delhi, (Feb 2012)
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