In 1940 Anjolie Ela Menon was born in India to a mixed Bengal and American parentage. After her initial schooling in Lovedale amid the picturesque Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu, she was in for a brief stint at the J.J. School of art in Bombay. Thereafter she went on to earn a degree of English Literature from the Delhi University. Menon worked and studied in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1961-62 on a French Government scholarship after her teenage solo exhibitions in Bombay and Delhi in the late 1950s.
Being an observer, she extensively delved into Romanesque and Byzantine art while she travelled in Europe and West Asia before heading home. She has lived and worked in India, in England, the U.S.A., Germany and the erstwhile USSR ever since. With over thirty solo shows including at Black heath Gallery-London, Gallery Radicke-Bonn, Winston Gallery-Washington, Doma Khudozhinkov-USSR, Rabindra Bhavanand Shridharani Gallery-New Delhi, Academy of Fine Arts-Calcutta, the Gallery-Madras, Jehangir Art Gallery, Chemould Gallery, Taj Gallery, Bombay and Maya Gallery at the Museum Annexe, Hong Kong. A retrospective exhibition was held in 1988 in Bombay; Menon has participated in several international or shows in France, Japan, Russia and U.S.A.
In addition to paintings in private and corporate collections, her works have been acquired by museums in India and abroad. She is also a well-known muralist and has represented India at the Algiers Biennale, the Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil and three triennials in New Delhi. She has been invited by the British Council, the U.S. State Department and the French Ministry of Culture to confer with leading artists in those countries. Menon has served on the advisory committee and the art purchase - committee of the National Gallery of Modem Art, New Delhi, where she was co-curator with Henri Claude Cousseau for a rnajor exhibition of French Contemporary Art in 1996. Her work recently went under the hammer at the Christie's and Sotheby's auctions of Contemporary Indian Art in London. A book titled "ANJOLIE ELA MENON: Paintings in Private Collections" has been published on her life and work.
Menon lives and works in Delhi