Born in 1940.
After academics from Lovedale and Delhi University, Anjolie had a brief spell at the J. J. School of art in Bombay. In 1960, Menon went to Paris to study art at the Atelier Fresque of Ecole des Beaux Arts.
Her early days were heavily influenced by the likes of M. F. Husain and Mohan Samant and then by the works of Amrita Shergil and Modigliani. However, it was Paris where Anjolie Ela Menon really opened up. After absorbing various art styles she developed a style of her own which at that time, did show strong
European influences including Russian. In the years that followed, Menon stayed in various places in India, painting extensively and exhibiting.
Working mainly with oils and mixed media and preferring to paint directly rather than draw, her paintings are a reflection of the phases of her life and the world around her. The paintings show a deep ethos, sensitive to human sensibility, nature and beauty.
Having painted, exhibited and won laurels all over the world and being honoured with the Padmashree, Anjolie Ela Menon continues to be one of Indian arts' greatest ambassadors.
A book titled "ANJOLIE ELA MENON: Paintings in Private Collections" has been published on her life and work.
Menon lives and works in Delhi.