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There was a time when Sanjay Bhattacharya had the rare distinction of being the only artist below forty who could sell his art in the open market at fabulous prices. Otherwise art was considered a profession for the retired and the old. But in the 90s and now this trend started changing. New artists , from various professional fields are bringing into the art world new directions which are much different from what was erstwhile being practised.

Artists like  Paresh Maity, Devajyoti Ray and  Shakila are touching new shores. Many of this new breed of artists were born after the sixties and have not seen the struggling new independent state of India.

A modern artwork of new artist Shipra Dasgupta

Among the more successful of this new breed are Samir Aich and Dhiraj Chaudhuri.  Sudip Roy is a younger artist who is bringing new idiom into the realism style. 

Three women Shipra Bhattacharya, Maya Burman (daughter of Shakti Burman ) and Jayashree Chakravarti have broken new grounds though their paintings which had been immensely personal in their appeals. 

Samit Chandra a much younger artist dazzled the art world with his absolutely original idea of using architectural designs and concepts into fine art.

Pratul Das, Tapas Biswas, Somenath Maity are some of the other artists who have in recent past earned international recognition for their innovative new art.








        Sanjay Bhattacharya, one of the highest selling painters of India today was born in 1958. He  had graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft , Kolkata. Later Sanjay Joined the advertising world in Kolkata and then moved to Delhi where he worked as free lance designer for sometime. However all through these initial years , Sanjay itched to get into Fine arts and finally with a handful of water colours Sanjay did his first show in Delhi. The show was quite a success and since then Sanjay had gradually captured the entire art-world with a quite stride.


Sanjay Bhattacharya

        Sanjay has participated in many national and international shows and coordinated with artists, musicians, theatre personalities and did immense number of shows. His work have thus found its space in many noteworthy public and private collections in India and overseas. These include the World Bank and the Parliament House in Delhi. In 1994, Sanjay did a successful one man show on portraits of Rajiv Gandhi, Landscape of a Man,  held at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

       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 works are very popular.


Artist : Sanjay Bhattacharya

 Sanjay's early works showed influence of his Guru Bikash Bhattacharya, but in course of time he developed independently and his later works often shows more akin-ness to another great artist of Bengal ; Ganesh Pyne.

A painting by Sanjay Bhattacharya


Medium and Techniques of Work

       Sanjay Bhattacharya has painted in oil, water color, acrylic and has in recent past did sketches. But Sanjay Bhattacharya like most artists from Bengal is known more for water colours and oil works.

Major Themes

        Sanjay Bhattachaya had openly admitted that he had been influenced by the works of Rembrandt and Dali. As in his style, one can see light and shade techniques at play trying to create a surrealistic imagery. Sanjay’s main themes are about city life in general in which inanimate objects figure more prominently.

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