Dr. Archana Srivastava is an artist deeply rooted in the Indian history and culture, who, in the last two decades, has experimented with different genres like figures, abstracts, landscapes and portraits.
While oil on canvas remains her favourite medium, she has adopted various themes for her solo exhibitions in the past.
In her solo exhibition titled “MONTAGE” in November 1999 at Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai, her seven-part narrative series on Budhha was devoted to Gautam Buddha, his life and his philosophy. This won her “Nirdhar Woman 2002” award presented by Dragon Palace Temple Trust, Kamptee in collaboration with Mother Noriko Ogawa Society, Japan.
With her exhibition titled “REFLEXIONS” in Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in October 2001, she paid tribute to various Indian classical poets and also portrayed verses by famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib.
Her painting exhibition- “DIVINITY” held in Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in December 2014 was her offering to Lord Krishna in which she portrayed various facets of Lord’s transcendental personality and divine acts.
In Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi during her painting exhibition- “DIVINITY-2” in October 2015, paintings portraying Bhagvadgita’s transcendental messages were displayed.
Over the years, during her participations in several editions of Harmony Art Show, Lalit Kala Akademi Annual Art Show, Art Today’s Art Show, Art Society of India Art Show, Bombay Art Society Art exhibition, ARTeCurate Art Show, Amazon India Art show, South Central Cultural Zone Annual Art Exhibition etc. she has dabbled in different subjects and themes.
In October 2018 her art-works portraying ‘sufi’ philosophy were displayed in Bombay Art Society, Mumbai in the Amazon India and Aura Art exhibition. Her paintings on creative portrayal on pivotal-events of the great epic ‘Mahabharata’ were also on display in an exhibition titled ‘Sankalan-A Collection’ in Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi from 20-24th October 2018.
She received the ‘Make in India’ award in ‘Creative Art’ category in December 2018 in New Delhi.
A doctorate in “Socio-economic History Of Early-medieval India”, she had been visiting various colleges of Mumbai University as Guest Faculty to teach social, cultural and religious history of Ancient and Early-medieval Indian subcontinent.
Her works are included in many prestigious private and public collections within the country and abroad.
She is based in Mumbai, India and working on her next exhibitions titled ‘Ibaadat’ and ‘Science Of Soul-A Vedic Perspective’ which will include paintings as well installations.