..."Mequitta Ahuja, whose parents hail from Cincinnati and New Delhi, deploys her own image as ‘surface’ for ideas about painting, while extending her personal identity into wider cultural landscapes." John Ewing
Mequitta received her MFA from UIC in 2003, mentored by Kerry James Marshall. Her work has been exhibited across the U.S as well as in Paris, Brussels, Berlin, India and Dubai. Mequitta has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s 12X12, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, BravinLee Programs in New York, Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris, France and a two person show at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in California. Group exhibitions include: Global Feminisms at the Brooklyn Museum, Houston Collects African American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Poets and Painters at the Ulrich Museum in Wichita, KS, Undercover at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Usable Pasts at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Portraiture Now at the National Portrait Gallery among others. Mequitta’s work has appeared in Modern Painters, March 2007 and Art News, February 2007. In February, 2010, Mequitta was profiled as an “Artist to Watch” in ArtNews. Holland Cotter, art critic of the New York Times, in his "last chance" article on June 1, 2007, sighting Mequitta’s NY debut exhibition Encounters, stated "Referring to the artist’s African-American and East Indian background, the pictures turn marginality into a regal condition."
Mequitta received a 2011 Tiffany Foundation Award, a 2009 Joan Mitchell Award and a 2008 Houston Artadia Prize. Public collections include the Ulrich Museum in Wichita KS, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and The U.S. State Department’s Mumbai, India offices. In addition to her studio practice, Mequitta is responsible for the philosophy, structure and design of Blue Sky Project, an artist-in-residence program in Dayton, Ohio. Mequitta was a 2009-2010 artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the 2011-2012 Stewart McMillan artist-in-residence at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Mequitta is represented in Europe by Galerie Nathalie Obadia. She lives in Baltimore, MD.