About the artist
Paresh Maity is a maverick artist and his 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. 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.
Paresh Maity was born (1965) in 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 College of Art in New Delhi. A prolific painter, Maity has 81 solo exhibitions in 40 years of his career. He is also known for one of the longest paintings in India called The Indian Odyssey, stretching up to over 850 feet on display at T3 Terminal at Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi.
He has held over 80 solo exhibitions all over the world and also participated in innumerable group shows in India and around the world. His extensive travels have made his work explode with forms, colours, emotions, love, harmony, joy and celebration. He is the recipient of various awards including the Award by Royal Watercolour Society London, Hall of Fame in Mumbai, Shera Bangali Award, Kolkata, Dayawati Modi Foundation Award, New Delhi, and was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India.
He lives and works in Delhi.