About the artist:
Sanjay Bhattacharya is an eminent painter and photographer. Sanjay Bhattacharya’s paintings tell a story in themselves. They are undeniably realistic, almost photographic in their recording of detail and therefore mesmeric in effect. He had been influenced by the works of Rembrandt and Dali and his initial paintings drew heavily on the style of Bikash Bhattacharya but in later days Sanjay tried works in the style of other great artists of Bengal like Ganesh Pyne. In course of time Sanjay amalgamated various styles and developed on his own. His paintings focus on middle-class homes and areas of Calcutta with exquisite detail and light and shade. They hint about the drama, which revolves around people’s lives.
Born (1958) in Calcutta, Bhattacharya graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from Government College of Arts and Crafts, Calcutta (1982). After graduating, he joined an ad agency as an illustrator and shifted to Delhi. In the year 1988, Bhattacharya managed to complete 16 or 17 watercolours and some oils. He exhibited them in Dhoomimal Gallery in Delhi. Bhattacharyya had his breakthrough exhibition of watercolors in New Delhi (1990), which was curated by Aman Nath. In 1994 the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation hosted an exhibition comprising of oils by Bhattacharya, as a homage to the assassinated leader. This sealed his reputation in portraiture, and he went on to paint the state portraits of the Presidents of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma and K.R. Narayanan, for the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
He has participated in some national and international art events and workshops and enjoys collaborating with musicians and other artists. His works can be seen in important public and private collections in India and overseas including the World Bank and the Parliament House in Delhi.
He lives and works in Delhi / Kolkata.