Anant Joshi, born in Nagpur, Maharashtra in 1969, completed his B.F.A.(Painting) in 1994 and M.F.A.(Painting) from Sir J.J. School of Art in 1996.
In a short span of time, the artist has carved a niche for himself. Among his important exhibitions are ‘Mukhota’ Paintings Gallery Chemould, Mumbai (1999); ‘Biographical Coins’ – site specific works at Thane; ‘Ideas and Images ‘, The Mumbai Art Magazine, NGMA; Legatee, ‘J. J. School of Art’, The Fine Art Company, Mumbai (1998); ‘Time Show’ curated by Sonal Motia, Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai (1997); ‘Miniature Format Show’ Sans Tache Art Gallery, Mumbai (1996, 1994); ‘A Page from my Diary’ Sans Tache Art Gallery, Mumbai (1994); ‘Monsoon Show’ Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (1994) and ‘Mumbai Metaphor’ at Tao Art gallery.
He has featured in other major shows like ‘City- New Perspectives from India’ at the House of World Cultures, Berlin; ‘Kitch Kitch Hota Hain’ at the Habitat Centre, New Delhi; ‘The Human Factor’ curated by Girish Shahane and organized by Guild Gallery, Mumbai (2001); ‘Creative Space’ (Sakshi Gallery/India Habitat Centre, Delhi); ‘Debt’ (The Guild, Mumbai) in 2002. He has received many prestigious awards such as ‘Bendre Husain scholarship’ and Bombay Art Society Award. He was selected to work/study at Rijksakademie, Amsterdam during the year 2002-2003 and has also won the prestigious ‘Prix De Rome’ Award, Amsterdam.
He was one of the participants at the festival ‘body.city – New Perspectives from India’ that took a panoramic survey of contemporary Indian art and culture. Launched by The House of World Cultures, Berlin in September 2003 this festival included two exhibition openings: subTerrain and artworks in the cityfold and Popular Indian Culture: The Conquest of the World as Picture. The search for one’s own identity as provoked by experiencing foreign surroundings was the focus of the multimedia work “Black to Play and Draw” by Anant Joshi.