| Ahmedabad, India|
Radhika and Manan
| Art Collector|
| February 6, 1957Surat|
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Anil Relia Wikipedia
Anil Relia is an Indian art collector, known for his portrait collection. He has over 3000 portraits and his personal collection includes many miniature paintings, early photographs along with works of artists like Raja Ravi Varma, M. F. Husain, Hemen Majumdar, Bhupen Khakhar, Jyoti Bhatt, Haku Shah, K. G. Subramanyan, S.H. Raza, Thota Vaikuntam, Manu Parekh and many more.
Born in Surat – Gujarat, he graduated from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in Fine Arts Major (Applied Arts, Serigraphy and Photography) in 1978. Since childhood Anil showed a passion for collecting art. His first so called art collection consisted of the labels pasted on cloth bundles that would arrive near a warehouse close to his house. He would carefully peel the labels off, wash them and preserve them in his school book. This passion got all the more fueled in college and he started using his pocket money to collect works of art instead of spending it on other necessities. On completion of his studies he shifted to the city of Ahmedabad for work.
Anil Relia began his career with being a graphic designer in an advertising firm in Ahmedabad. While working, as a pastime, he made Diwali cards for his family. The money earned, helped him quit his job and set up his own screen printing studio. In 1994, M. F. Husain was looking for a serigrapher for his works - someone who could do justice to his art and this search led him to Ahmedabad. During those times, not many people in India were undertaking work of such a large scale and impeccable quality. Anil Relia and M.F. Husain became so close friends that eventually Husain kept coming and frequenting the city. He was found visiting a tea stall which also has one of his works as well as an art gallery was also instituted with his name.
Relia worked on the serigraph series of M. F. Husain and came out with many Limited Edition Serigraphs as well. With the use of technology, he could also come out with the largest serigraph ever done in India – Husain’s Mother Teresa, which was launched at Paris in the year 2004. This chance encounter changed the direction of Relia's life to one where his passion now lives and breathes. Looking at Relia's interest in Indian portraits, Husain has painted a family portrait and gifted it to him. Relia accompanied Husain on his various adventures whether it be film making or other kinds of projects. The demise of Husain brought a lacunae in his life and Relia lost a friend, philosopher and guide to the sands of time.
Anil Relia also works as Honorary Director at the art gallery known as Amdavad ni Gufa, which was designed by artist Husain and architect B. V. Doshi. He founded the Archer Art Gallery in 1978. He also serves as Trustee of the Kala Ravi Trust, founded by Kalaguru Ravishankar Raval.
Anil Relia has been collecting art, especially portraits since 1970. His vision is to connect India in a thread of art and pay back his dues to the art that has been so gracious to him. He wants to involve as many people as possible through his work and efforts and sensitize them to art and culture. He has planned a series of exhibitions and shows based on the theme of portraits that he has painstakingly collected over the years, out of which seven have been already implemented and more are planned.
- The Indian Portrait I - an artistic journey from miniature to modern
- The Indian Portrait II - Sacred Journey of Tilkayat Govardhanlalji (1862 - 1934), Nathdwara
- The Indian Portrait III - A Historical Journey of Graphic Prints up to Independence
- The Indian Portrait IV - Muraqqa - an Anthological Journey of the Mughal Empire
- The Indian Portrait V - Colonial influence on Raja Ravi Varma and his Contemporaries
- The Indian Portrait VI - A Photographic evolution from documentation to posterity
- The Indian Portrait VII - Trans-culturalisation of lens and brush through painted photographs
- The Indian Portrait VIII - Rajputana Nayak | Paintings from the Royal courts of Rajasthan 1660-1940 CE