Graduated (B.V.A) Fine Arts From Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, 1998.
Selected International Organized Group Exhibitions:
1998 Group Exhibition India Bangladesh Fine Art Exhibition, Bangladesh.
2002 Group Exhibition at Baggins Art Gallery, Kent, England.
2008 Group Exhibition Jamjar art gallery, Dubai. Etc.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata.
1998, 1999 Rashtriya Lalit Kala, New Delhi.
2000, 2006, 2007, 2008 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata.
2000, 2004 Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2006 Karnataka ChitraKala Parishad Art Gallery, Bangalore. Etc.
Selected Group Exhibitions & Participations in State and National Major Show:
1993, 1999, 2002, 2004 All India Fine Art Exhibition organized by Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata.
1993, 1994 Annual Exhibitions Kolkata Nandanik, Kolkata.
1999, 1998 Annual Exhibition organized by Indian Society of Oriental, Kolkata.
1994, 1995, 2007 Annual Fine Art Exhibitions organized by West Bengal State Charukala, Kolkata.
1995 Annual Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition organized by West Bengal State Academy of D.D.M.V. A, Kolkata.
2000 All India Fine Art Exhibition Organized by AIFAS, New Delhi.
2003 Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition at Taj Bengal Hotel (organized by Spandan Art Gallery presents), Kolkata.
2004 Organized by Birla Academy "Watercolor Trend in Bengal" at Rashtriya Lalit Kala,Delhi.
1998, 2006, 2007 Annual Fine Art Exhibitions /Open Air (Organized by Birla Academy of Art and Culture), Kolkata,
2007, 2008 Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition at Yapan Chitra Art Gallery (Organized by Yapan Chitra Art Gallery &
Minds eye Presents), Kolkata.
2007 Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition at Karnataka ChitraKala Parishad Art Gallery (organized by Ganges art gallery Presents), Bangalore.
2008 Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition at Angan art Gallery (Organized by Angan Art Gallery & Mind’s eye Presents), Kolkata,
2008 Contemporary fine Art Exhibitions "comfortable art" (Organized by Birla Academy of Art and Culture), Kolkata.
2008 Contemporary fine Art Exhibitions at Stainlesstel Art Gallery (Organized by Stainlesstel Art Gallery), New Delhi.
2007, 2008 Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition at Samsara Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2009 Contemporary Fine Art Exhibition at Taj Bengal Hotel (Organized by Sree Art Gallery presents, Gurgaon), Gurgaon & Mumbai.
2009 Contemporary fine Art Exhibitions (Organized by Art ideas Art Gallery), New Delhi.
Certificate of Merit in Painting from College Annual Exhibition, Kolkata in 1998.
Several Private Collections in India ( Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Hindustan Liver Ltd., Birla Group. Etc.), Bangladesh, U. S. A., U. S. S. R., Canada, England Etc.
To say something about my paintings, first I remember those immortal lines of the greatest poet Rabindranath Tagore –
…”FRAGMENTS OF FORMS STORED IN THE MIND
COMBINE IN PICTURES AT THE MAGIC TOUCH OF ART”…
I have picked up the canvas to reveal the picture of my heart, my thought, my dream. The world’s life, beauty, smell, touches, sound - everything is my source. You will hardly find any political disturbances or the view of a hungry man with open mouth in my paintings. However, I am inspired by the folk art, Mughal miniature, Ajanta cave art etc. i.e. various kinds of Indian heritage art. The form of my paintings is based on the extract of these things. Traditional Indian art, its concept, the beauty of woman and also the fantasy of Western Art have some impact on my creation. Accordingly, I fill up my canvas with my own style.
Once I have done one work where a girl is making a bird free from its cage into the clear sky. Again in a second painting I have drawn an imprisoned woman seeking to be free; the woman is busy in talking with a free bird. Here I felt that still women in our society are much more neglected, lonely and imprisoned compared to men. This type of thought has a great impression upon me. Probably this is the reason why women and their loneliness are given some preferences in my works. Like this, different subjects at different time have helped me to do different paintings. For example, I have done a series on Ram – Sita, two great Mythological characters. Regarding Lord Krishna, another very important character in Mythology, I have started another series work. There are a variety of features in the character of Lord Krishna, which have helped me to find the idea of my work. We find Krishna sometimes as lover, sometimes as savior, sometimes as protector, sometimes as adviser in the war field. I personally like Krishna as a flute playing boy in the Love phase. This beauty, emotions make me much attracted and charmed. To give the concrete figure to this glorious character of Krishna I have directed my pencil and colors in a variety of manners.
On the other hand, Bird has a special importance in my paintings. I treat bird as the representative of a free and independent life under the sun. I can feel this sensation of life from my childhood. Again, trees, leaves, flowers etc. are the symbols of social bindings – these prove the presence of nature in my paintings. I have just changed the way to represent this nature in my works.
In this way, I have tried to express my feelings, ideas and thoughts with the combination and co-ordination of various colors. Today troubles in human life are growing rapidly, reality is becoming harder, different problems are going to demolish a sweet tensionless life. But we want to come out from this critical situation. To get freed from this tough reality, I can only stretch out my imaginations over the pieces of papers, canvas.
----------------------------------------SOUMEN SAHA (ARTIST).