PARESH MAITY (b. 1965)
Paresh Maity born in 1965, studied Painting (BFA) at the Govt. College of Art and Craft, Kolkata and Painting (MFA), at the College of Art, New Delhi. His works have been shown in a number of solo exhibitions and group participations throughout India, and in Germany, the UK, USA and Singapore, and he has also been represented at recent art fairs. His works are in several private and public collections in India and abroad and he is the recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards.
Initially known specifically for his water colours, he has also established himself with oils on canvas, and more recently, with his sculptures and installation works. Maity believes in the all pervasiveness of nature, which featured especially strongly in his earlier water colours. He has since evolved to portray human emotions, painting faces which depict myriad expressions. Observing people and places is a crucial part of his creative process. He is an avid traveller and photographer, absorbing sights and colours which he later transfers to his canvas or paper surfaces. On an early trip to Rajasthan, Maity was fascinated with the vast menu of colours, shades and forms the desert offered, and has since used them in his works, painting large water colours and canvases with desert scenes, capturing the spirit of the desert with colours and lines, using motifs from this land and its people’s lives. From his numerous and frequent sojourns abroad, he brings back imagery which he immortalises on his canvases and paper works, locking in the memories and experiences of his travels. Always evolving, he is also currently working with bronze and fibre glass to create sculptures and installations. Over the years Maity has carved a niche for himself in the Contemporary art world and his reputation for one of India’s most interesting and tastefully colourful artists has grown internationally. His most recent achievement, the largest public art painting in India, has been his contribution to the new Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi, when he was invited to represent the vast canvas of India. Indian Odyssey, measuring 7 x 800 feet, consists of fifty three panels, and Celebration, measuring 6 x 62 feet and consisting of five panels, together make up one of the most monumental contemporary paintings in the world, and certainly the largest Maity has painted to date. It transports the viewer through the varied and vibrant landscapes of India, covering states throughout the country with depictions of the culture and customs particular to those regions.
Paresh Maity lives and works in New Delhi, India.