Paresh Maity was born in 1965 in Talmuk, West Bengal. Over a period of 20years, he has attained adeptness in the medium (water colors) that only a few can claim.
He used vibrant colors that reflected the resonance of a passionate artist. He magnificently captured the sand dunes of Rajasthan, the backwaters of Kerala, the canals of Venice, and the lake of Geneva in his paintings.
Education & Work
Paresh maity completed his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan in 1992 and Master’s degree in Visual Arts from Rabindra Bharati, Kolkata in 1994.
Paresh has also for a short period of time experimented with abstracts, which was more of liberating from the constraints that are associated with a particular landscape. His work majorly reflected on the figure, explicitly the faces, with their innumerable expressions, meticulously garnered and juxtaposed with their surroundings. Whatever surface he opted to paint on, be it paper, canvas or any other medium, he created just magic.
He has actively organized and participated in various solo exhibition, including Symphony of Silence', Jehangir Art Gallery and Art Musings, Mumbai; Venetian Odyssey', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi; 'Passion', presented by Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore at The Arts House, Singapore; Montage Moments Memories', Jehangir Art Gallery; Art Musings, Mumbai; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in collaboration with Art Musings, Mumbai; Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata; Venetian Odyssey, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi; All India Fine Arts and Craft Society (AIFACS), New Delhi; Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai; Siddartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu; Windsor Manor, Bangalore; Sophia Duchesne Art Gallery, Mumbai; GallerieGanesha, New Delhi; Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi; Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, to name a few.
Paresh maity also showcased his paintings in myriad of group exhibition, including 'Talking Heads', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi; States of Departure: Progressives to Present Day', Aicon Gallery, London; Gallery Sumukha, Chennai; 'Aureus 2011', GallerieNvya, New Delhi; 'Symbols and Metaphors', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata; Mark of Masters -2', Art and soul, Mumbai; Think Small', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi; 'Beyond the Form', Bajaj Capital Art House; Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; 'Review', Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata; 'Review', Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata; Young Guns’, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai; Art and Fashion Show’, Gallery Sumukha; Royal Watercolor Society, London; ‘Ueno’, Royal Museum, Tokyo; ‘Darpan’, Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi; ‘Indian Summer’, Art Alive, London; Vistar’, Limited Edition, New Delhi; House of Lords, London in collaboration with Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai; Two to Tango’, Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi, to name a few.
Apart from this, he has also participated in joint exhibition in 2012, Eternal Landscapes', with Ram Kumar presented by ICIA at The Arts Trust, Mumbai.
Awards and Accolades
In 1999, he was bestowed with Harmony Award in Mumbai. He was given British Council Visitor ship in 1993. He also received Gold Medal from U.S.S. Rand award from Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata in 1983. In 1985, he was conferred with award from Government of West Bengal for best water colour painting. In 1986, he was awarded with award from Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata.
In 1987, he was conferred on Jamini Roy Birth Centenary Celebration Award. In 1988, he was honored with Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Celebration Award and won Governor’s Gold Medal from Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. He received National Scholarship Award from Government of India in 1989. In 1990, he was honored with All India Fine Arts and Craft Society (AIFACS) Award for Best Water Color Painting, New Delhi, for outstanding painting by Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata and All India Fine Arts and Craft Society Award for 62nd All India Art Exhibition, New Delhi.
In 1992, Paresh Maity was bestowed with Pt. Ravi Shankar Award from College of Art, New Delhi.