Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
1991 Artworks: The Visual Art School for Continuing Education, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (Short Course on Stone Carving &Apprenticeship under sculptor Milt Liebson at Artworks
1989 Studio Three: Adult Education Art Group. Continuing Education Program, Santa Barbara City College, California, USA.
1986 Post Graduate Diploma in International Affairs. Bandaranaike Center for International Studies, Sri Lanka.
1984 B.A in Political Science, Sociology, and Economics. University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
The City: Janus Faced, Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi, India
Memory Keeper, Hempel Gallaries, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Memory Keeper, Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi, India
Comfort Zones, Kashi Gallery, Kochi, India
Kuveni: The Queen of Lanka, Hempel Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Comfort Zones, Red Dot Gallery, Pita Kotte, Sri Lanka.
Goddesses Descending. Studio @ HW Architects, Colombo, Sri Lanka
In the Entangled Web. Barefoot Gallery, Sri Lanka
My Narratives. Gallery 706, Colombo, Sri Lanka
The Vehicle Named Woman. Heritage Gallery. Colombo, Sri Lanka
Aditi, an exhibition of paintings. Lionel Wendt Gallery. Colombo, Sri Lanka
An Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture. The Alliance Francaise De Colombo Gallery. Colombo, Sri Lanka
An Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture. The Students’ Center. Chancellor Green Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
An Exhibition of Paintings. University Center Gallery. University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
(ME)(MORY), curated By Dipti Anand at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India
Colombo Scope: Sea Change: As Tide Turns, Rio Complex, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Delhi Art Contemporary Week, Visual Art Gallery & Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India.
One Hundred Thousand Small Tale, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Colombo, Sri Lanka.Greetings from India, 5th Edition of Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, China
The Day We Screamed, at Red Dot Gallery, Sri Lanka
Contemporary Sri Lankan Art : A Cross Section Iranian Cultural Center at Sri Lanka
Lapses, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
The Edge, Bikaner House, New Delhi, India.
4th Edition of Kochi Muziris Biennale, Aspinwall Hall, Fort Kochi, Kochi, India
Portraits of Intervention, Aicon Gallery, New York, USA.
Return in Search of Stillness, Sciennes Gallery, Summer Hall, Edinburgh, UK
Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Imagined Futures and Reconstructed Pasts, Bikaner House, New Delhi, India
Tale of Two Cities, Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts, New delhi, India
Excavation/ Eruption. Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India.
India Art Fair, NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi, India.
Colombo Art Biennale, J. D. A. Perera Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Memorabilia, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, India
Serendipity Revealed, Brunei Gallery, London, UK.
India Art Fair, NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi, India
Art Basel 2013, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre,Hong Kong.
Serendipity Revealed, China Art Project Space, Hong Kong.
Becoming: Colombo Art Biennale, J. D. A. Perera Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Between Kismet and Karma, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK.
Artful Resistance: Contemporary Art From Sri Lanka,Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt, Germany.
Theertha Art- Works on Paper, National Art Gallery, Male, Maldives.
Colombo Art biennale, Park Street, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Artful Resistance: Crisis and Creativity in Sri Lanka, Museum für Völkerkunde, Austria
Separating Myth from Reality (Art Festival), Siddhartha Gallery, Katmandu, Nepal
Six Degrees of Separation, Ananth Gallery, Delhi, India.
Ten Artists Exhibition, Millesgarden, Lidingo, Sweden
2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Fukouk, Japan.
Asian Art Festival, Fukuoka, Japan.
‘Crafty Thoughts’, University of Liverpool Gallery, Liverpool, UK.
Selected Workshops, Residencies and Symposiums
Presenter in the Fast Forward 2: Women in Photography Workshop, AKJ Mass Communications Research Center at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India
Panelist in the Discussion of Tale of Two cities project, Spotlight, India Art Fair, NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi, India.
Tale of Two Cities Residency, Anuradhapura,Sri Lanka& Varanasi, India.
Panelist in the Discussion of ‘Fabric & Fabrication’, Speaker Forum, India Art Fair, NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi, India.
Foundations & Networks International Workshop 2008, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.
Lijiang International Artists Workshop, Lijiang, China.
Art Exchange Program. The 2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, 2002.
‘Artists and Artist-space in Asia: Growth, Interactivity and Creation’. Opening Symposium for 2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale.
Visiting Artist, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, Australia.
Participation in the KHOJ International Artists’ Workshop, Modinagar, India.
Self Help Workshop. Angelholm/Helsingborg, Sweden.
1994 Young Artist of the Year, Young Contemporaries Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
1999 Bunka Award for Special Achievement in Painting and Sculpture. The Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Fund.
Sri Lanka’s leading artist, Anoli Perera was born in Colombo and has a degree in political science, economics and sociology from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, followed by a postgraduate diploma in International Affairs. She then lived in the USA between 1988 and 1992 where she took part in art education programmes at Santa Barbara City College, California and the ‘Artworks’, a program for continuing art education at Princeton, New Jersey. She currently works as a painter, sculptor and installation artist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Delhi, India. As a writer, she has contributed consistently to bring visibility to contemporary art in Sri Lanka. As a founding member of Theertha Artists Collective she has played an instrumental role as an institution builder, supporting her peers in revitalizing the arts in Colombo through strategic programming, workshops and international collaborations. Her own aesthetic interventions — political, personal and feminist — ushered in a new wave of art making in Sri Lanka from the 1990s onwards.
Anoli Perera has deployed her work to present contradictory as well as complex narratives that emerge when living in contemporary society, processed through an artist’s perception. Tapping her personal family histories and her own existence in a particular historical moment that allows her to see the extremities of two eras, Perera intimately looks back and forth into memory, nostalgia, dispositions of home/family, mass migrations, borders, women’s space, urbanity and dystopia. Her extensive series of works such as ‘Memory Keeper’, ‘Long Walk’, ‘Logbook of Absence’ and‘ Left Behinder’ brings to surface the fragility, selective recollections and manipulations of memory. Her early works such as ‘Dinner for Six’ and ‘Comfort Zones’ investigated the intriguing and coercive roles imposed upon women by the cultural discourse of family. She re-looks at the systems of value given to their creativity within homemaking critically and intimately. Her exhibition, ‘The City, Janus Faced,’ presented a series of works which explored the narratives on urbanity, city and its chimera. Perera’s current art practice includes painting, sculpture, installation art, video and photo- performances. Her work incorporates the concept of ‘bricolage’ where fragments from different written texts, raw materials, objects and painted surfaces are juxtaposed together giving a textured surface. At present, she uses cloth, thread, lace and paper as raw material for her sculptures and installations. Perera’s art practice emphatically celebrates the making of labour-intensive art works, an exercise in which she locates herself in the intermediate zone between craft and art. She weaves, by placing or by suturing a single unit piece by piece together, as if she were solving or making a puzzle carefully. At its completion, she leaves a sense often tativeness on the work in terms of the possible visual pleasures that the work can offer to its viewers.