Anoli Perera is a visual artist and writer. Her studies in Political Science, Economics and Sociology at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka in the early 1980s were followed by a postgraduate diploma in International Affairs from the Bandaranaike Center for International Studies, Sri Lanka. She received her formal art education via participation in part-time adult education programs at City College, Santa Barbara and Artworks, Princeton, U.S.A.
Her work engages multiple themes, ranging from feminism, history and myth, to issues of identity, colonialism and post-colonial anxieties. Her work has been extensively exhibited internationally, including in Colombo Scope, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2019; Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt, Germany, 2010; Separating Myth from Reality (Art Festival); and Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale, Japan, 2002 amongst others. Her work was included in the exhibition, ‘Greetings from India’ organized as part of 5th Edition of Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival in November 2019 in China.
Anoli Perera is one of the co-founders of the Theertha International Artists Collective, a progressive art initiative based in Colombo. She currently splits her time between New Delhi, India and Colombo, Sri Lanka.