Artist Profile


Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 1943 Founder member, Calcutta Group, Calcutta. Meeting Picasso remains a landmark in his life. Wrote on art in leading English and Bengali journals. 1986 Wrote and illustrated a story in English, published by NID, Ahmedabad. 1998 Biographical film, One Day in the Life of a Celebrity, broadcasted on Doordarshan, Calcutta. Lives and works in Kolkata.


1936-40 Studied at Govt. School of Art, Madras. 1949 Studied at Andre Lhotes School, Academy Grand Chaumier, cole Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris. 1954 Studied Art Appreciation at cole du Louvre, Paris.


1950 Solo exhb. in Brussels. 1951 Group exhb. in London. 1953 Solo exhb. in Paris. 1961 Joint exhb. with Tyeb Mehta. 1962 Solo exhb. in London. 1966 The Commonwealth Arts Festival, London. 1966 Sao Paolo Beinnale, Brazil. 1966 Asahi Shimbun Exhb. of Art, Tokyo. 1972 Four Indian Painters, Pittsburgh. 1978 Solo exhb. in Moscow. 1986 2nd Biennale, Cuba. 1986 Trends in Bengal Art, Commonwealth Institute, London. 2004 Manifestations II, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi. 2005 Manifestations III, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, Nehru Center, Mumbai and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.


National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. Ministry of External affairs, Govt. of India. Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. Palam Airport, New Delhi. The British Museum, London. Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata. Punjab Museum, Chandigarh. Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. Jehangir Nicholson Collection, Mumbai.


1969-70 French Fellowship for designing typeface. 1970-71 Awarded JDR 3rd Foundation Grant, USA. 1983, 84, 87 Fellow, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1985 Asian Paints Award, Calcutta. 1989 Awarded Abanindra Puraskar, Govt. of West Bengal. 1991 Awarded D. Litt, Burdwan University, West Bengal. 1996 Kalidas Nag Award. 1997 The English Speaking Union Outstanding Citizen Award. 1998 Hirachand Dugar Award. 1998 Smt. Bijoya Chakraborty Smriti Puraskar, Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta. 1999 Aban-Gagan Puraskar, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. 2004 Lalit Kala Ratna, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.


Sens more recognizable works are his caricatures, which reflect strong underlying socio-political issues, and his female nude drawings. His drawings and paintings are noted for their strong lines and bold, stylized strokes. Although colour is an important aspect of his paintings, it is the human figure, expressing a myriad of emotions that dominates his art. A recurrent subject in Sen`s works is his depiction of scenes from everyday urban life. These activities are portrayed from a skeptical and impassive perspective, which is trademark Sen. In his career, Sen has worked in various media. From the stylized to the capacious, expressionist figures, he has traversed a long way. But there are continuities, in that the drawing with bold, vigorous strokes, the use of volume, figuration and sharp irony still remain an integral part of his work.


Art Teacher, Daly College, Indore, for ten years. 1956-79 Taught at Regional Institute of Printing Technology, Jadavpur. Till 1976 Professor, School of Printing Technology, Calcutta. 1981-82 Visiting Professor and Artist in residence, Maryland University, USA.