An economist turned painter and a brilliant colourist with a strong individualism in her work ,Nayanaa Kanodia can be considered to be the pioneer of the genre of L’Art Naif in India. She has held innumerable shows in India and abroad. Her paintings are in the collection of major art collectors and corporate houses all over theworld.Musee International D’Naif Art in Paris permanently displays her paintings.
She has exhibited and demonstrated her painting techniques in Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has been featured in an international publication Women in Art by Reinhard Fuchs, a rare honour for any Indian artist. She was chosen from all the artists of The Commonwealth Countries to have a solo show in their newly renovated complex in London .Impressed with the social messages being conveyed in her paintings, a consortium of schools in Los Altos, U.S.A. is using her work as a medium of instruction to their students.
She has recently been appointed as a juror for PrismaArt Prize for their Rome Dividere in Europe.She is the first Indian on their panel which is an honour not only for her but also for her country. She is associated with many charitable societies, gives talks and conducts workshops and presentations on art in various organizations and universities. She is also a judge in art competitions. She has attended Art Camps in India, London, Sweden, Italy, Moscow, Greece, Bangkok and Cambodia. Her work is characterised by the air of whimsy, flat bright polished surfaces and the extraordinary plethora of intricately worked details and patterns.