PROFILE OF MADHU JAIN - THE INDIAN ARTIST, PAINTING IN NIHONGA
Madhu Jain (68) was born in 1947, in Jaipur, Rajasthan State, India . She obtained her Diploma in Fine Arts from Sarda Ukil School of Arts, New Delhi in 1963. She studied & researched Sumi-e (Ink Painting) and Nihonga (japanese style painting) in Tokyo. She has travelled widely and imbibed the cultures of the countries she lived in and brought them on to her canvas.
In order to interact with the Japanese people, she studied Japanese language for 7 years with 1800 kanji characters, passed written exams up to Advance Level 1,(1994-2000). She also took JLPT tests conducted by the Japan Foundation in Tokyo
Being a versatile artist, solo exhibitions of her works have been invited by art galleries to Tokyo (50th anniversary of Japan India relations), Singapore, and San Francisco USA (150th anniversary of Japan U.S relations) She has received international critical acclaim, and received prestigious awards both in India and abroad. Her works have found entry into the prestigious Nikaten ( Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo ) seven times.
Since Nihonga is relatively unknown to contemporary artists outside Japan, as an Indian artist, she has the added advantage of using this technique to project the vivacity and diversity of Indian traditions and cultural heritage.
To render help for the Tsunami disaster, two of her paintings were successfully auctioned at the Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon & the proceeds sent to Japan Red Cross. She also donated a painting for an auction held by the Yomuiri Shimbun in Matsuzakaya, Osaka for the Great Hanshin earthquake (1995) and the Paralympics Nagano (1997) and Gujrat floods in India.