Artistic ability is a gift but also requires study, imagination and hard work,” says Anju Saran. Born in India, Anju started displaying her artistic abilities as toddler. As she gained experience, Anju kept on making changes to her painting style and experimenting and learning. She has done the Masters in Fine Arts and have been teaching in New Jersey for over 17 years. Anju is proficient in various mediums such as Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastel, Mixed Media and Charcoal. She is a versatile and an award winning artist. Art is her passion and she specializes in Portraiture painting and does commissioned work. Anju’s paintings have appeared in numerous exhibitions, and brought her recognition and awards. Her cartoons and illustrations have appeared in Indian newspapers and magazines such as Times of India, Indian Express, Lucknow City Magazine, etc.

Anju’s paintings have appeared in numerous exhibitions in New Jersey, New York, Florida, Singapore and India, and brought her recognition. She has been invited to make presentations / demonstrations of her painting style at various institutions including Art Association in Roxbury (AAR) and Warren County ARTS. She has been a judge at various art competitions including Morris County 4H Fair and NAMI SAMHAJ event. Anju’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in newspapers and magazines.

Anju owns an art center ‘Artistic Kreations LLC’ (www.ArtisticKreationsNJ.com) in Morris Plains where she teaches drawing and painting to children and adults of all skill levels. She has been teaching painting at Morris County Art Association (MCAA), Morristown for over 14 years. In addition, Anju has run art classes at Littleton School, Lake Parsippany School, Parsippany Library, Lake Hiawatha Library to name a few. She has created her method of teaching art in a way that her students find easy to learn drawing and painting techniques and they love to come back to her for more and more. Anju is also a graphic/web designer and an illustrator for over 20 years and currently commissioning illustrations for a children book.

Awards:

2012, Aug | Honorable Mention Award from Museum of the Americas

Exhibitions:

•   2017 – February | Lalit Kala Academy’s “1st INTERNATIONAL KALA MELA, 2018” in New Delhi, India

•   2009 – 2018, June | Vail Mansion Annual Festival, Morristown, NJ

•   2014, May-June | Group Exhibition at The Peck School, Morristown, NJ

•   2014, 8th April – 2nd June | Group Exhibition at Linda Grandis Blatt Gallery, Morristown, NJ

•   2013, 17th May – 19th May | 5th Annual Hells Kitchen Art Festival, NY

•   2013, 27th April | Group Exhibition at J.A.D.E the MUF at Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights, Morristown, NJ

•   2012, Dec – 2013 Feb | Solo exhibition at Star Bucks, 314 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ

•   2012, Oct | Solo exhibition at Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen, NJ

•   2012, Sept | Group show at Members of the International Artistic Advisors Committe (IAACMOA) of Museum of the Americas, Doral, FL

•   2012, Aug | Group show at Museum of the Americas, International Summer Arts festivals, Doral, FL

•   2012, June | 22nd Morristown Arts & Crafts Festival at Vail Mansion, Morristown, NJ

•   2012, May | Art walk, at Sweet Lucy’s, Morristown, NJ

•   2011 | Instructor art show in Oct-Nov at Morris County Art Association, Morristown, NJ

•   2011 | ‘Women in the Arts 2011’, Group show, Museum of Americas, Doral, FL.

•   2011 | ‘Art Expo New York 2011’, NY, NY in Mar. 2011

•   2011, Jan | MCAA Member Art Exhibit and Sale – Winter Show, at Morris Township Municipal Building, Morristown, NJ

•   2010, Dec | ‘Mini Masterpieces-MCAA Members Holiday Exhibit and Sale’, MCAA, Morristown, NJ 07960

•   2010 Dec – 2011 Feb | Exhibited in group at Friendship Hall Gallery, Center for Spiritual Living’, Morristown, NY 10019

•   2010 Nov-Dec | Group exhibition in ‘A Jain Marunouchi Gallery’, NY, NY 10019

•   2010 Nov -Dec, Solo | Morriscounty County Library, Whippany, NJ 07981

•   2009, Group |Vail Mansion, Morristown, NJ in 2009

•   2009, Group | Neighborhood, Morristown, NJ’

•   2009, Group |Morris County Art Association (MCAA)

•   2008, Group |Morris County Art Association (MCAA)

•   2007, Group | Art in the Garden’ – an open area exhibition at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown, NJ

•   2007, Group | Art Festival – Morristown, NJ

•   2007, Group |Morris County Art Association (MCAA)

•   2006, Group |Morris County Art Association (MCAA)

•   Automatic Data Processing (ADP) 1998 and 1999 Roseland, NJ

•   1997, Group | Le Bar Bat restaurant, NY

•   Participated and received awards in National and State level competitions organized by Lalit Kala Academy and Lalit Kala Kendra in Lucknow, Delhi and Mumbai, India

•   Received first place award for a portrait competition from Amitabh Bachchan Fans Association, Lucknow, India