Born 1956, New Delhi, India


Anil Revri holds a degree in interior design from the Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai and a BFA in graphic design from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC. Despite these contrasting backdrops, Revri's style is an intriguing marriage of these two disciplines and environments.


From the Washington Color School's abstract languages of serialized stripes, dots, and circles to the meditative aspects of Middle Eastern arts, Revri's works offer boundless theories about what truths can be expressed and discovered in the order of visual language. Noted art critic and historian Donald Kuspit states: "One of the things that makes Revri's abstractions unique — a major development in the history of abstraction — is that they articulate, with confident vision, the high order of abstraction — the exquisitely differentiated yet seamlessly unified structure — modern abstract art lacked from the start."


J. W. Mahoney, art critic for Art in America says that "Revri's art is completely new. New as in walking into Betty Parsons gallery and looking at a Jackson Pollack for the first time." How does Revri’s art work and why is it new? Mahoney explains: "In Revri’s work, your eye travels into a piece, encounters, beyond natural visual pleasure, a kind of arresting pressure toward an unseen but thoroughly present openness. The work serves as a gateway into a weirdly natural spaciousness: a singularity experience, of 'a point at which a function takes an infinite value.' Again, what we may be looking at is a geometric abstraction, but what we’re receiving is a fiercely voluntary journey into a primal experience of an invisible reality that clearly includes us, not as viewers but as participants."


Though abstract in their rendering, the works are inspired by Eastern philosophy. Each piece becomes a meditation and represents a single journey into the void. For Revri, this void holds the key to our deepest emotions — love, fear, and desire among them. The work merely serves as a platform to help the viewer make the transition between the conscious and unconscious states of mind.


The artist has thirty-six solo exhibitions to his credit in India, Europe and the United States and is the first Indian American to be granted a solo show at a major American museum, namely the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. His acclaimed Cultural Crossings series has earned the support of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and has been exhibited at the United Nations' Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders in 2000. A sculpture — Wall For Peace — he created for his show at the Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum was exhibited at Dulles International Airport.


Anil Revri lives and works in Washington, DC.


Collection Highlights


Revri's work is featured in collections worldwide including Air India; American University Museum, Washington, DC; Asian Art Museum, Berlin; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; ITDC Hotels, India; Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Ministry for Broadcasting, New Delhi; Ministry for Energy, New Delhi; Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi, Tata Sons ltd., Mumbai; US Department of State, Art in Embassies Program, US Consulate, Mumbai; and the John J. Wilson Building, City Hall Art Collection, Washington, DC among others.


Select Solo Exhibitions


2012 American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC
2011 India Art Summit, New Delhi. Represented by The Fine Art Company, Mumbai
2007 Prakriti. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2005 Quantum. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
In Search of Self: Paintings and Drawings by Anil Revri. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
In Search of Self: Paintings and Drawings by Anil Revri. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
2002 Cultural Crossings: First Anniversary of 9.11. The IndoCenter of Art & Culture, New York, NY
2001 F. Donald Kenney Museum, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY
Cultural Crossings, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL
Cultural Crossings, F. Donald Kenney Museum, St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, NY
2000 Cultural Crossings, Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spritual Leaders, New York, NY
1999 Cultural Crossings, Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC
IMF Gallery, Washington, DC
1997 American Institute of Architects, Washington, DC
1996 Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi
India International Centre, New Delhi
1995 Mount Vernon College, Washington, DC
1993 American Institute of Architects Headquarters Gallery, Washington, DC
1992 National Arts Club, New York, NY
1991 New India House, New York, NY
1990 India International Centre, New Delhi
1987 Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi
1985 Festival of India, M. Darling Ltd., New York, NY
1981 Foyer du Beffroi, Tours, France
Meridien Hotel, Paris
1980 India House, London
India Tourist Office, Paris
Alliance Française de Delhi
Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai
1978 Galerie ‘t Atelier, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1977 Bhulabhai Memorial Institute, Mumbai
Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta
Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi
1976 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai


Select Group Exhibitions


2016 Tantric | The Corporeal and the Cosmic, Aicon Gallery, New York
2015 The Story of Indian Modern Art. Aicon Gallery at Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA
2014 United States Embassy, Art in Embassies Exhibition, Rangoon
The Chosen: Selected Works from Florida Jewish Art Collectors. Jewish Museum of Florida. Curated by Bernice Steinbaum, November 4, 2014 – March 8, 2015
Asian Art Museum, Berlin. (Acquisition/Permanent Exhibition)
2012 Installment 1. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
2011 Continuum. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong
The Sacred Arts of Asia. Curated by John Ford. Asian Arts & Culture Center, Towson University, Towson, MD
Art in Embassies Program. US Consulate, Mumbai. (Acquisition/Permanent Exhibition)
2009 Here and Now. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong
2008 In Your Mind's Eye. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York and Hong Kong
Checkpoint 3, Ilgen, Berlin. Works by Christina Barroso, Ali Hassan, Fré Ilgen and Anil Revri in conjunction with a talk on global Art
Lights and Shadows: Art from Asia and the West. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
2007 Gateway Bombay. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Florence Biennale, Italy
Of Paper. Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel, MD
Colors. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
2006 Heart of DC. City Hall Art Collection, Washington, DC
Next Level. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
East/West. Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
Collaboration as a Medium: Twenty five years of Pyramid Atlantic. Maryland Art Place, Rockville, MD
2005 Searching for a Path: Contemporary Expressions by Seven Artists. Asian Arts Gallery at the Asian Artsand Culture Center, Towson University, Towson, MD
Secret Places/Silent Journey: The Art of Kit-Keung Kan, Yuriko Yamaguchi, Juliane Min, Foon Sham,
Anil Revri, and Chul-Hyun Ahn. CapitalOne Headquarters Gallery, McLean, VA
Collaboration as a Medium: 25 Years of Pyramid Atlantic. PEPCO Gallery,
Washington, DC
2004 Erasing Borders: Passport to Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora. Curated by Sundaram Tagore at the Indo-American Arts Council, Inc., New York, NY
About Time. Corcoran Alumni Invitational Show, Embassy of Canada, Washington, DC. Juror: Ms. Lisa Messenger, Curator of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2002 India: Contemporary Art from Northeastern Private Collections. Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
2001 Lichtenstein and Beyond: Recent Acquisitions of Modern Prints and Drawings. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2000 All Media Juried Show, Arlington Arts Center. Juror: Jane Farver, Regional Curator, Whitney Biennale and Director of the List Visual Arts Center at MIT, Boston, MA
1999 Malta Bienalle. Tempra Museum, Malta
Grolla D’oro, Italy
Malta Bienalle, Malta
Pyramid Atlantic: Washington Area Artists. The Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC
Fellowship Recipient Exhibition. DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities/NEA, Washington, DC
1998 Contemporary Print Fair. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Neighbors: The Corcoran at the OAS. The Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC
Pyramid Atlantic: A Study in Collaboration. Curated by Mary Anne Goley, Director, the Federal Reserve Board Exhibitions. The Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC
21st Annual Art on Paper, MFA. Gallery on the Circle, Annapolis, MD. Juror: Eliza Rathbone, Curator of Contemporary Collections, the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
International Juried Show '98. New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ. Juror: Nan Rosenthal, Consultant, 20th Century Art, Metropolitan Meseum of Art, New York, NY
1996 December in Japan. Japan Information & Culture Center, Washington, DC
Wallace Galleries, New York
Watermarks. The Athenaeum, Arlington, VA. Jurors: Willem de Looper, artist and former curator of the Phillips Collection and William Kloss, art historian
Mansion Art Gallery, MD
Juried Exhibition, Arlington Arts Center, VA. Juror: Howard Fox, Curator, Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Penn State University Juried Exhibition. Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Juror: Tom Nakashima, Professor of Painting, Catholic University, Washington, DC
Laurel Art Guild Juried Exhibition, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Montpelier, MD. Juror: Barry A. Nemett, Chairman, Painting Department, Maryland Institute and College of Art
1995 Fourth Annual Corcoran Alumni Exhibition. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Songs of Tagore. Fort Worth Museum, Dallas, TX
1994 Gallery 84 inc., New York, NY. National Juried Exhibition. Juror: Theodore F. Wolfe, Art Critic, the Christian Science Monitor
Light. Capitol Hill Arts League, Washington, DC
Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, VA
DCAC, First Anniversary Exhibition, Washington, DC
1980 Annual Exhibition, Chandigarh Museum of Art, Chandigarh, India


Awards/publications


2001 Graphis Poster Annual 2001 poster design for Georgetown University, Washington, DC
2000 51st Annual Show, Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington, Washington, DC
1999 First Prize, Grolla D'oro, Italy
First Prize, Malta Biennale, Malta
Graphics Promotion Design 1 invitation design for the Friends of the Cororan Gallery of Art
1998 14th Mayor's Arts Awards finalist, Washington, DC
1997 Graphics Poster Annual 1997, two posters: Homage to Tadanon Yokoo and Homage to
Yusaku Kamekura


Grants


2000 Exibiton sponsors for Cultural Crossings at the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, Waldorf-Astoria, New York, NY:
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas F. Cullen
Mr. & Mrs. Shoaib Hashmi
Embassy of India
Mr. & Mrs. John D. Mussells
Washington Art Associates
1998 Visual Arts Fellowship, DC Commision of the Arts and Humanities/NEA
1997 Small Projects Grant, DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities/NEA
Sponsors for the American Institute of Architects exhibition catalogue:
American Institute of Architects
The Boeing Company
Mr Steve Drill
Fox River Paper Company
Interior's & Lifestyles, India
Textron
Washington Art Associates
1996 Air India travel grant
Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi
1985 Air India travel grant
1981 Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi
Sanskriti, India