Is born in village Sanjaya, Gujarat.
The couple move to Bombay with Manu working for Weavers’ Service
Move to Calcutta.
Begins her career as a self-taught painter with Paul Klee’s Pedagogical
Sketchbook as her guide.
She is part of a group show at Birla Academy in Calcutta.
Joint Show with Manu Parekh at Chetna Art Gallery, Bombay.
Her first solo show at Chemould Art Gallery, Kolkata
The couple shift to New Delhi.
Recognised with a ‘Certificate of Merit’ at the Women’s International Exhibition, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. Has a solo exhibition at Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi. Participates in the third International Triennale India, New Delhi,
organised by Lalit Kala Akademi.
Attends the first of a few art camps at Kasauli initiated by Vivan
Joint show of Heads at Dhoomimal Art Gallery with Manu Parekh,
Geeta Kapur grounds Paul Klee’s influence on Parekh’s work: ‘Starting
as so many Indian artists do with the enshrined figure of Paul Klee,
Madhvi virtually insinuates herself into modernism using certain
characteristic features such as a centralised and synoptic motif. Even
more relevant to the Klee aesthetic, she foregrounds by obsessive
markings the surface itself, inscribing it, then layering it with a
superscript like a pictogram and through this projection blocking any
form of illusionism.’
National award from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
Has a solo exhibition at Pundole Art Gallery, Bombay.
Has a solo exhibition at Al-Khaleeja, Kuwait
Forms an informal group of women artists with Nalini Malani, Arpita
Singh and Nilima Sheikh. Through the Looking Glass, their joint
exhibition, travels to Bhopal, New Delhi, Bombay and Bangalore and
is considered one of the most significant exhibitions of contemporary
Documentary film Dwitya on Madhvi and Manu Parekh by Suraj
Purohit, sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of
Has a solo exhibition at Sakshi Gallery, Madras.
Has an exhibition of thirty years of her work sponsored by Seagull
and Vadehra Art Gallery in New Delhi, Bombay, and Calcutta.
Opening show of Centre of International Modern Art Gallery, Calcutta,
features her work.
Is a participant at IWALEWA-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany.
Is part of ‘Inside Out: Contemporary Women Artists of India’, a
travelling show by Middlesborough Art Gallery, U. K.
Participates in ‘Watercolour Show’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi.
Is part of ‘Harmony’, Nehru Centre, Bombay.
A landmark exhibition of fifteen women artists curated by Gayatri
Sinha, ‘The Self and the World’, features the four women artists who
came together for Through the Looking Glass. Exhibitions at Gallery Bose Pacia Modern, New York, and Jehangir
Art Gallery, Mumbai.
Show at Chemould Art Gallery, Mumbai.
Show at Nature Morte, New Delhi.
‘Fair and Furious: Feminine Fables’, Jebiwool Art Museum, Seoul.
Travels to Jerusalem, visits Yad Vashem, the memorial to the victims
of the Holocaust.
‘The Margi & the Desi: Between Tradition and Modernity’, organised
by Gallery Espace at Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi.
Show at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi.
On a visit to South Africa, is charmed by the performative use of
Sees Leonardo da Vinci’s mural, The Last Supper, at Santa Maria
delle Grazie in Milan.
Paints her monumental work, The Last Supper. The same year, her paintings based on the same theme are exhibited
at St Thomas’s Chapel, Bishop’s College, Kolkata, sponsored by the
‘The Last Supper’ exhibition, sponsored by the Seagull Foundation, is
held at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
‘Madhvi Parekh: The Curious Seeker’, DAG’s retrospective on the
artist, opens in New Delhi.
Kailash Lalit Kala Award, Chitrakutdham Trust. The Last Supper’ exhibition travels to a church in Goa.
‘Madhvi Parekh: The Curious Seeker’ at DAG, Mumbai.
‘Madhvi Parekh: The Curious Seeker’ at Archer Art Gallery,
‘The Last Supper’ exhibition is on view at the Gujarat Theosophical
Society’s Mission Chapel.
The retrospective travels to DAG, New York.