Artist Profile

Sujata Achrekar

Date of Birth 1968 (Mumbai)

Sensitive and full of color, Sujata Achrekar's paintings are a reflection of her mind. She is able to convey the misery and the helplessness of humans trapped by circumstances, from which there is no escape. The unusual textual quality of her work is due to the skilful handling of colour and theme. These form a basis for her to portray the myriad moods and lives of the working class.

Most of her creations are restricted to a single figure that occupies the centrestage. It is in her treatment of these that she gives individuality to the canvases. Sujata Achrekar blends figures and the abstract, and then proceeds to distort them to get her message across. Depicting the pain that is an inseparable part of human destiny, Achrekar's works have a pervasive atmosphere of melancholy.

Achrekar's canvases are predominantly worked in oils, with a profusion of earthy tones. Raw sienna, ochre and burnt orange are thrown into relief, and white is used sporadically. However, she is not averse to more brilliant shades: blues, reds and yellows also find a place on her palette, but are laid on sparingly.

Sujata Achrekar graduated from the Raheja School of Art, Mumbai, in 1992. She has had two solo shows of her works at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, as well as several group shows. She currently teaches at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai.

"Life, when translated into color, becomes vibrant and offers new perspectives on things endured."


  • 1986 A.T.D. from L.S. Raheja School of Art Mumbai.
  • 1990 G.D. Fine Art from L.S. Raheja School of ART Mumbai.
  • 1992 Diploma Art Education, Sir J.J. School of Art Mumbai.

Art Shows / Exhibitions

  • 2004 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
  • 2001 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
  • 1994 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
  • 2005 Harmony show, Mumbai
  • 2005 Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore.
  • 2005 Art & Soul gallery, (abroad)
  • 2004 India Art Gallery, Pune.
  • 2004 Apparao Gallery, Delhi.
  • 2004 Apparao Gallery, Chennai.
  • 2003 Right Lines Art Gallery, Bangalore.
  • 2002 Apparao Gallery, Chennai.
  • 2001 Indian Festival Singapore [ Painting ].
  • 2000 Participation of Artist Centre Camp / Exhibition.
  • 2000 The Best of Indian Contemporary Art Singapore.
  • 2000 Saffronart Sponsored Show at Hong Kong.
  • 2000 Crimson Show by Women Artist, Mumbai.
  • 1999 Dabhol Power Sponsored Show For Kokan Artist.
  • 1997 Sans Tache Art Gallery, Mumbai.
  • 1996 Y. B. Chavan Art Gallery, Mumbai.
  • 1996 Nehru Centre, Mumbai.
  • 1996 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
  • 1995 Y. B. Chavan Art Gallery, Mumbai.
  • 1994 Y. B. Chavan Art Gallery, Mumbai.
  • 1990 Artist Centre, Mumbai.

Honors & Awards

  • 2000 NGMA Women Artist Camp.
  • 2000 Camp conducted By Artist Centre at India New Delhi.
  • 1999 Women Research Junior Scholarship Govt. of India New Delhi.
  • 1997 National Award of All India Fine Art And Craft Society New Delhi.
  • 1997 Drawing Award, All India Fine Art and Craft Society, New Delhi.
  • 1995 Terra Cotta Camp, Phanasgoan ( Konkan ).
  • 1995 Bombay Art Society.
  • 1994 South Centre Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur.
  • 1993 Terra Cotta Camp, Kolhapur.
  • 1992 Maharashtra Government State Award for Portrait.
  • 1990 Maharashtra Government State Award for Portrait.