Delhi born, Nayanaa is an entirely self-taught artist except for a year-long apprenticeship with Anjolie Ela Menon - one of India's leading contemporary artists.
Nayanaa’s work typifies the best characteristics of this genre–the air of whimsy, the flat bright polished surfaces and the extra ordinary plethora of intricately worked detail. The freshness and charm of the images she creates gives a crystalline utopian appearance to the mundane everyday life being depicted. She reflects on the charming idiosyncrasies of her subjects with a fine degree of wit and gentle satire. Her paintings depict the various faces of India–Lifestyles past and present–weddings, bazaar(market) scenes, vehicles, ancient sports, beach compositions, many of which with economic growth will eventually disappear. As a contemporary artist, her work is a reflection of the changing face of our nation. The works displayed here celebrate and honours the indefatigable, indefeasible and invincible woman. She has succeeded against all odds and has pierced the glass ceiling, thereby breaking the barriers and mindset of gender discrimination which many societies across the world, particularly in India, struggle with.