Born in Tamluk, West Bengal, 1965

 

Paresh Maity was born in 1965, Tamluk - a small town in West Bengal - of great antiquity with a remarkable heritage of terracotta art. While in school he made clay images of gods and goddesses and sold them to earn money for his education. He started painting watercolours of river scenes while still at school and then then oil painting thereafter. He mastered the technique of oil painting at Government College of Art, Kolkata. His single-minded determination to acquire formal training paid off when he came to Delhi to join the Delhi College of Art.

 

Paresh's adventurous, experimental personality has prodded him to explore in all mediums – drawings, watercolours, oils, mixed media, installation and sculptures, photography and filmmaking. Paresh's uniqueness lies in his rediscovering the charm, flavor and magic of India in his paintings. Rajasthan has been the human inspiration behind his work, Shantiniketan the spirituality of mind, body and soul, in Agra he visualized the beauty of Taj, in Ajanta-Ellora he recreated the amazing Buddhist frescoes, in his magical series on Kerala he captured the destination in its pristine colours to the serene ghats of Varanasi and the Himalayan heights of Himachal Pradesh. He has done series of works on almost all facets and destinations of India and then across the seas to London, Venice, China and Japan. He has painted them all.

 

His works are in the collection at British Museum in London, Rubin Museum, New York, Commonwealth Institute, London, the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, the Birla Academy of Art and Culture in Kolkata, Tata Iron & Steel Co. ITC, Oberoi Group of Hotels, Leela Hotels, Park Sheraton, RPG, Birla Group, Vatican Embassy, Noon Group, London and many other institutions and private collections all over the world.

 

Education

 

Master of Fine Arts, College of Art, New Delhi

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Government College of Art and Crafts, Kolkata

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2017                      Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, presented by Art Musings

Forty Years of Watercolour, Lalit Kala Academi, New Delhi, presented by Art Alive Gallery

Lalit Kala Academi, Chennai presented by Gallery Sumukha

2016                      Beyond Horizons, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore

2015                     CIMA Gallery, Birla Academi of Art & Culture, Kolkata

2014                      The Arts House, presented by Gallery Sumukha, Singapore

                                Symphony of Silence, Jehangir Art Gallery and Art Musings, Mumbai

2013                     Venetian Odyssey, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

2012                     Passion, presented by Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore at The Arts House, Singapore

2011                     Shesh Lekha: The Last Poems of Rabindranath Tagore, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi, Mumbai; Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai; Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2010                     The World on Canvas, presented by Art Alive gallery, New Delhi at Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

2009                    Montage Moments Memories, Jehangir Art Gallery; Art Musings, Mumbai

                                Montage Moments Memories, Jehangir Art Gallery; Art Musings, Mumbai

                                Montage Moments Memories, Jehangir Art Gallery; Art Musings, Mumbai

                                Montage Moments Memories, Jehangir Art Gallery; Art Musings, Mumbai

2008                      Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore; Visual Arts Gallery, Hong Kong

                                An Enchanting Journey – Paresh Maity's Kerala, Art Alive, New Delhi

2007                      Paresh Maity: Drawings, Paintings, Sculptures, Photographs, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2006                      Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto

                                Visual Arts Gallery, Hong Kong in collaboration with Gallery Sumukha

2005                      Arts India, New York

                                Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in collaboration with Art Musings, Mumbai

                                Gallery in Cork Street, London in association with ICICI Bank

2004                      Organized by Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore and Easel, Singapore at Alliance Francaise, Singapore

                                Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2003                      Shapes in Symphony, Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi

                                Arts India, New York

                                Tagore Centre, Berlin

                                Venetian Odyssey, British Council, New Delhi

2001                      Venetian Odyssey, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

                                Philip Gallery, London

2000                      Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

                                Gallerie Aspekte, Germany

                                Venetian Odyssey, Hotel Aryanbika, Debrecen, Hungary

                                Gallerie Mohanjeet, Paris

1999                      Two Decades of Classic Watercolours, Shridharani, Triveni Kala, Sangam; Gallerie Ganesha, and British Council, New Delhi

1998                      Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

                                Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

                                Gallerie Mohanjeet, Paris

                                Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore

1997                      Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

1996                      Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

                                Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi

                                Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi

                                Paracelsus Rotenfleskdinik Ausgestelt in association with Galerie Aspekie, Germany

                                ARKS Gallery, London

1995                      Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

1994                      British Council, Kolkata

                                Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi

                                The Gallery, Chennai

                                Galerie Aspekte, Germany

                                Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

1993                      Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi

                                All India Fine Arts and Craft Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

1992                      Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi

                                Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

                                Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

                                Siddartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

                                Windsor Manor, Bangalore

1991                      Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi

                                Gallery Katayun, Kolkata

                                Sophia Duchesne Art Gallery, Mumbai

1990                      Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi

                                Gallery Katayun, Kolkata

1989                      Gallery Katayun, Kolkata

1988                      Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

Selected Group Exhibitions


2017                     Culture of the Streets, Aicon Gallery, New York

2012                     Talking Heads, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

                                Eternal Landscapes, with Ram Kumar presented by ICIA at The Arts Trust, Mumbai

2011                     States of Departure: Progressives to Present Day, Aicon Gallery, London

                                Gallery Sumukha, Chennai

2011                     Aureus 2011, Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi

2010                    Symbols and Metaphors, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2009                    Mark of Masters -2, Art and soul, Mumbai

                                Think Small, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

                                Beyond the Form, Bajaj Capital Art House; Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2008                      Review, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2007                      Young Guns, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai

                                Art Alive, London

                                Art and Fashion Show, Gallery Sumukha

                                Royal Watercolor Society, London

                                Ueno, Royal Museum, Tokyo

                                Darpan, Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi

                                Indian Summer, Art Alive, London

                                Vistar, Limited Edition, New Delhi

                                House of Lords, London in collaboration with Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

2006                      Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

                                Style File Show, Mumbai

                                Two to Tango, Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi

                                V & A, London

                                Tate Britain, UK

2005                      Joint Exhibition with Gallery Nvya, New Delhi

                                Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

                                Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

                                Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

                                Kumar Art Gallery, Mumbai

                                Arushi Art, New Delhi

                                Royal Watercolor Society, London

                                Sanskriti Art Gallery, Kolkata

                                Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore

2004                      Family Group Show, Visual Art, London

2003                      Uttarayan, group show of Egypt

2002                      Rossy and Rossy Gallery, London in association with Gallery’88, Kolkata

                                International water color exhibition, Royal Watercolour Society, London

2001                      Rossy and Rossy Gallery, London, in association of Modi Foundation

                                Erotica, Gallerie Mohanjeet, Paris

2000                      Participated in Indian exhibition in Dubai

1997                      Images of Kolkata, Exhibition along with Ragu Rai and Desmond Doig, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata

1996                      Tribute to Mother Teresa, Mumbai

                                Sakhi Mandal, Bangalore

                                Gallerie 88, Kolkata

                                Rotary Club, Kolkata

                                Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

                                Views and Visions, Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi

                                Wounds, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

                                National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

                                Trends and Images, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

                                World Miniature Exhibition, Toronto, Canada

1995                      Tree in My Life, Village Gallery, New Delhi

                                Urusvathi, New Delhi

                                Hyatt Regency, New Delhi

1994                      Gallery Katayun, Kolkata

                                Gallerie 88, Kolkata

                                Indian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Tokyo

                                People for Animals, Taj Hotel, New Delhi

1993                      Malhar, Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi

                                Gallery Katayun, Kolkata
               

Participations


2012                     Synergy 2012, 12th Anniversary Show, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

2011                     Celebrations 2011, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

2010                     Art Celebrates 2010: Sports and the City, represented by Art Alive Gallery

at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games

                                Summer Show 2010, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

                                Evolve: 10th Anniversary Show, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

                                Annual Exhibition, Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi

                                Celebration 2010, Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

2007                     Harmony Show, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

2006                      17th Anniversary Show, Gallerie Ganesha

2005                     Triennale, India

                                Lalit Kala’s Golden Jubille Celebration Show, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

1997                      Aquarelle Internationale Thun, Switzerland

1996                      Silver Jubilee Exhibition. Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

1995                      Cleveland International Drawing Biennale, Cleveland

1991                      Annual Exhibition, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

1990                      Annual Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

                                Annual Exhibition, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

1989                      Annual Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

                                Annual Exhibition, All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

 

Honours and Awards

 

2016                     Eastern Eye Editor’s Special Award for contribution in field of art in Royal Festival Hall, London

2014                     Padma Shri Award by Government of India

2014                     Cartier Award, St. Moritz. Switzerland Art Masters

2013                     Hall of Fame by Hello (Times of India Group)

2013                     Sera Bengali Award in Kolkata by ABP

2012                     Dayawati Modi Award for Art, Culture & Education

2005                     Indo-American Society

2002                     Royal Watercolor Society, London

1999                      Harmony Award; Mumbai

1993                      British Council Visitor ship

1992                      Pt. Ravi Shankar Award from College of Art, New Delhi

1990                      All India Fine Arts and Craft Society Award for 62nd All India Art Exhibition, Delhi

                                Award for Outstanding Painting by Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

                                All India Fine Arts and Craft Society (AIFACS) Award for Best Water Color Painting, Delhi

1989                      National Scholarship Award from Government of India

1988                      Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Celebration Award

                                Governor’s Gold Medal from Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

1987                      Jamini Roy Birth Centenary Celebration Award

1986                      Award from Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata

1985                      Award from Government of West Bengal for Best Water Color Painting

1983                      Award from Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata

                                Gold Medal from U.S.S.R