Born 1936, Jamalpur, Mymansingh
Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata (1952 -56)
Ganesh Haloi's art has evolved through a series of transactions from pure landscape to the innerscapes.
Even though it is abstract, Haloi's works and his motifs have precise associations with the artist's psyche, his experiences and the upheavals that have shaped him and his point of view. "Everything begins in pain," says Haloi. He maintains high standards craftsmanship and his construction of tress, houses and the ambience of Kolkata that seems murky with a suppressed strength. Some of his unforgettable work includes nature-scapes painted on rice paper.
His initial work includes study of miniatures at Banasthali (Rajasthan) and copying Ajanta frescoes for six years. While his earlier work is dominated with landscapes, his later paintings reflect his introvert and philosophic temperament. Haloi's work shows his preoccupation with the theme of devastation or calamity and resilience. Born in a district that is now a part of Bangladesh, his earlier memories of the region are of Brahamaputra and delta region mixed with communal holocaust, of partition.
The artist lives and works in Mumbai, India
Select Solo Exhibitions
2007 Unwanted, Sallery Sanskriti, Kolkata
Organized by Art Musings, Mumbai at Art Musings, Mumbai and Museum Gallery, Mumbai
2006 An Art Sublime, Aicon Gallery, New York
Steps That Seek, Akar Prakar, Kolkata
2003 Works on Paper, Online Show on Saffronart.com
2000 Gallery Lakeeren, Mumbai
Select Group Exhibitions
2007 12 Artists, organized by Akar Prakar, Kolkata at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Black and White, Gallery Kanishka, Kolkata
Journey 2, A Charity Art Show for Passages, Art and Soul, Mumbai
2006 Ambadas, Haloi, Dhawan, Kolte, Sein, Galerie Müller & Plate, Munich
An Art Sublime, Aicon Gallery, New York
2005 Drishti / Vision - Indian Contemporary Artists, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur
2003 Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata.
2002 un CERTAINITY in CERTAINITY, Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata.
Ganesh Haloi Uncertainity in Certainity A Journey,curated by Manjit Bawa, Societe Asiatique
of Multiple Art & Artists, Gurgoan.
1999 Response, Ganesh Haloi 1997 1998 1999, Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Calcutta.
1998 Art World, Madras.
1996 Centre for International Modern Art, Kolkata.
Gallery Escape, New Delhi.
Gallery Lakeeren, Mumbai.
1995 Bose Pacia Modern, New York.
CIMA Art Gallery, Kolkata.
Watercolour; A Broad Spectrum - II, group show with P.Barwe, C.Douglas, P.Kolte, M.Rai,
V.Sundaram, Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata.
1994 Trends & Images, CIMA Art Gallery, Kolkata.
Indian Contemporary Art, Gallery Maya, Hongkong.
1993 Jehangir Art Gallery, curated by Prof. Sushil Mukherjee, Mumbai.
Wounds, CIMA Art Gallery, Kolkata and National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
1992 Alliance Francaise, New Delhi.
Conflict, Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata.
1991 Indian Contemporary Artists: Multiculturalism and Internationalism through Art, Melbourne.
Honors & Awards
Late R.N. Chakraborty Memorial Gold Medal
Seven Silver Medals from Calcutta University Institute
Seven Gold Medals from AFA