Anoli Perera, artist, arts writer and art manager, was born in Sri Lanka in 1962. Her studies of Political Science, Economics and Sociology at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka were followed by a postgraduate diploma in international affairs from the Bandaranaike Center for International Studies, Sri Lanka. From 1988 to 1992 she lived in the USA, where she started her career as a visual art. Largely self-taught she pursued her training in stone carving at the Artworks: The Visual Art School of Princeton for Continuing Education, New Jersey, USA. In 2002, she received a Visiting Artist Residency at the University of Wollagong in Australia as well as a residency at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan. Same year she was invited to participate in the Fukoka Art Triennale, Japan and her art consisting of large installations, paintings, sculpture and more recently photo-performances has been shown in many international art events.
She has been part of the wave of artists in the 1990s who have professed a new ideological position in the art production in relation to the contemporary art knowledge and social context in Sri Lanka. Hailed as the pioneering contemporary women artist in Sri Lanka who ushered in art that is informed by feminism and craft art practices, her work engages critically on thematic that range from women’s issues, history, myth to identity, colonialism and post colonial anxieties . Her writings on contemporary Sri Lankan art has been published in number of publications including Art Asia Pacific (Australia), South Asia Journal for Culture (Sri Lanka), Frontline (India), Asian Art Archive (Hong Kong) and numerous art catalogs and books on Sri Lankan artists.
Anoli Perera is a co-founder and a director of the Theertha International Artists Collective, a progressive art initiative based in Colombo which maintains a experimental art space Red Dot Gallery. She is a member of the Artistic Advisory Committee of Colombo Art Biennale and peer panel member of the Arts Network Asia (Singapore). She has established her studio in Nebsarai, New Delhi in 2012. She currently lives and works in New Delhi, India.
Copyright: Anoli Perera 2015 - 2016