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Sanjay Bhattacharya

(b. 1958) Born in 1958 in Kolkata, Sanjay Bhattacharya graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata. Later Sanjay Joined the advertising world in Kolkata and then moved to Delhi where he worked as freelance designer for some time. However all through these initial years, Sanjay itched to get into Fine arts and finally with a handful of watercolors he did his first exhibition in Delhi. The exhibition, held at Dhoomimal Gallery, was a huge success and launched Sanjay Bhattacharya as an artist of repute. All his paintings were sold within the week. Sanjay’s paintings tell a story in themselves. They are absolutely realistic, photographic in their recording of detail and mesmeric in effect. The paintings focus a lot 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. His sceneries too have similar treatment.His recent shows include ‘Masterclass’, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2011; ‘Reprise’, Aicon Gallery, New York; ‘Holy Now’ at Gallery 27, London. He was awarded the AIFACS Watercolour Award. He lives and works out of New Delhi.