Born in 1943 in Sylhet District, Bangladesh, Partha Pratim Deb studied fine arts in Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan and MS University, Baroda. A popular teacher who taught painting at Rabindra Bharati University over three decades, he is one of the rare contemporary Indian artists, known for his experimental and non-conformist approach to art, clearly exemplified in his recent drawings and colourful assemblage of discarded household objects. Working with a wide range of mediums, both conventional and unconventional, he explores the relationship between materials, objects and contemporary discourses on art.
He has showed his works in many solo-exhibitions at Aicon Gallery, New York (2006); Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata (2006); Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata (1997); and Academy of Fine Arts (1974, 1976, 1978). His works has also been featured in many group exhibitions including the Glimpses of Contemporary Bengal Art at Birla Academy of Art and Culture (Kolkata, 2006); Folk in Modern at Aakriti Art Gallery (Kolkata, 2006); Lines at Birla Academy of Art & Culture (Kolkata, 2005); New Wave in Bengal Art at Akar Prakar (Kolkata, 2005); Contemporary Art Exhibition at Chitrakoot Art Gallery (Kolkata, 2002); Art of Bengal at CIMA (Kolkata, 2000); among others.
A member of Painter’s Orchestra, an artists’ group in Kolkata, Partha Pratim Deb lives and works in Kolkata.