Sanjay Bhattacharyya born in 1958 in Calcutta received his Diploma in Art from the Government College of Art & Craft there. Beginning his career in the advertising industry as a designer, Sanjay soon moved to fine arts as a full time painter.
A distinguished water-colorist and an exponent of realism in contemporary Indian art Sanjay’s stylistic oeuvre ranges from portraiture to cityscapes that include some deep haunting images of Calcutta, his native city. Some of the most distinctive images of this series include classic renditions of the city’s narrow alleyways, fading grandeur of old palaces, silent pride of its men and women, pain and sufferings of its rickshaw-wallahs. From smaller water colours he has moved to experiment with larger oil canvases and his subject matter has shifted its focus from cities and architectural features to whimsical landscapes of Rajasthan to wide scope portraits and imagery of the Nehru-Gandhi family and more recently tributes to European masters, Salvador Dali and Rembrandt and now tribals of the East. His canvases often put spotlight on a small detail in a scene, zooming in at times to present a disconcerting perspective or to bring forth a hidden meaning.
A poet, photographer, film maker and musician, Sanjay a multi talented artist is winner of several awards who has exhibited widely all over India and abroad in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, UK, USA, Dubai, Hong Kong, including a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Modern Art Delhi. His collectors list includes besides several eminent individuals the India House London, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajputana Palace and Parliament House in India. Sanjay lives and works in New Delhi.