Anoli Perera is an artist and arts writer. She received a BA degree in liberal arts at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka followed by a postgraduate diploma in international affairs from the Bandaranaike Center for International Studies, Sri Lanka. From 1988 to 1992 she lived in the USA, where she started her career as a visual art. Hailed as the pioneering contemporary women artist in Sri Lanka who ushered in art that is informed by feminism and craft art practices, her work engages critically on thematic that range from women’s issues, history, myth to identity, colonialism and post-colonial anxieties. Her works have been exhibited in Colombo Scope, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2019; 4th Edition of Kochi Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India, 2018; Colombo Art Biennale, 2009, 2012 & 2014; 'Artful Resistance' Museum of Anthropology, Vienna, Austria, 2009 and Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt, German, 2010; Separating Myth from Reality (Art Festival), Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan, 2002 amongst others. Her work is included in the exhibition ‘Greetings from India’ as part of 5th Edition of Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival to be held in November 2019 in China. She was invited to show at the launching exhibition of Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, ‘One Hundred Thousand Small Tales’, 2019 in Sri Lanka
Her writings on contemporary Sri Lankan art has been published in number of publications including Art Asia Pacific (Australia), South Asia Journal for Culture (Sri Lanka), Frontline (India), Asian Art Archive (Hong Kong) and numerous art catalogs and books on Sri Lankan art. Her book ‘H. A. Karunaratne’ published in 2018 documents the art practice of a master artist in Sri Lanka.
Anoli Perera is a co-founder of the Theertha International Artists Collective, a progressive art initiative based in Colombo. She currently lives in New Delhi, India.