Selected works by Mequitta Ahuja

Mequitta Ahuja
Autocartography I


Acrylic, colored pencil, oil, watercolor and waxy chalk on vellum

208 x 236 cm

Cobalt blues, saturated crimsons, and golden ambers provide the ground for a cohort of fantastical figures in the canvases of artist Mequitta Ahuja. To enter a room of her work is to enter a very personal cosmology in which Ahuja fluently appropriates ancient works of myth and legend, such as the 15th century Persian manuscript The Hamzanama and Hindu miniature paintings.

Mequitta Ahuja
Rhyme Sequence: Wiggle Waggle


Oil, paper and acrylic on canvas

213 x 203 cm

These sources are woven into a pictorial style that is both autobiographical and trans-cultural; the figures are often self-portraits rendered in a process she names autocartography. The richness of her visual language vividly conveys her personal conviction that identity is ours to fabricate. Of primary concern to me is the agency we have to self-invent and self-represent... creative processes that are necessarily bricolage. We draw on personal and cultural history as well as our creative imaginations.

Mequitta Ahuja
Rhyme Sequence: Jingle Jangle


Oil, paper and acrylic on canvas

213 x 203 cm

Works that have a paper ground, such as Autocartogrpahy I and III, Rhyme
Sequence: Wiggle Waggle, and Rhyme Sequence: Jingle Jangle
, are formed
through painstaking layering of stamped printed textures using a variety
of tools such as Indian textile printing blocks, letterpress type. Others are
painted onto vellum; a stretched animal skin that was used in ancient times.

Mequitta Ahuja


Oil on canvas

213 x 183 cm
Mequitta Ahuja
Meecoo Mocoo


Acrylic, coloured pencil, oil and enamel on vellum

185.4 x 218.4 cm
Mequitta Ahuja
Autocartography III


Acrylic, oil and coloured pencil

208.3 x 236.2 cm
Mequitta Ahuja
Stick Stack


Oil on linen

213.4 x 183 cm

© Natasha Hoare, 2015

Mequitta Ahuja's Biography

Mequitta Ahuja
Born 1976 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland


Automythography The Dodd Contemporary Art Center, Athens, GA

Automythography III, Thierry Golberg Gallery, New York, NY

Mequitta Ahuja and Robert Pruitt, Bakersfield Museum of
Art, Bakersfield, CA (2 person show)

Trois Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France.
Automythography II Arthouse, Austin, TX

Automythography I BravinLee Programs, New York, NY

Flowback Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

Encouners BravinLee Programs, New York, NY

Dancing on the Hide of Shere Khan 12X12, MCA, Chicago, IL


Shifting David C. Driskell Center, College Park, Maryland

State of the Art ​Minneapolis Institute of Art & Telfair Museums
Statements Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Champagne Life Saatchi Gallery of Art, London, UK

Sondheim Finalist Exhibition Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

State of the Art Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, AR
Marks of Genius Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN

Portraiture Now National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
War Baby/Love Child DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

The Bearden Project The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
The Human Touch The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Red Maison Particuliere, Brussels, Belgium
Sleeping Inside Our Bodies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee
In Between Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels, Belgium

Collected:Ritual Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Drawings for the New Century Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Usable Pasts (Artists in Residence Exhibition) Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Freedom to Expand Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
Body of Work (Women to Watch) National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Weaving in and Out No Longer Empty, New York, NY
Until Now: Collecting the New (1960- 2010) Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
New Works for the Collection Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX

Undercover Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts, Atlanta, GA
Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Anomalies Rossi and Rossi Gallery, Piccadilly, London
Wonder What The Others Are Up To Gallery OED, Cochin, India
$timulus Artadia Awardees Exhbiition Diverseworks, Houston, TX
The Talented Ten Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX

Houston Collects Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX

Global Feminisms Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Painters and Poets Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS, traveled to: Illinois State University Galleries,Normal,IL
Queens Library, Jamaica, NY, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Lincoln, NE

Chimaera Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, NY
New Art Event Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS
Spirit and Psyche:The Figure Transformed Highland Park Art Center, IL

d’Afrique d’Asie Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, NY
Representations Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL

Baltimore/Chicago Maryland Institute College of Art, Curated by Kerry James Marshall, Baltimore, MD