Paresh Maity (b.1965) has emerged as one of the most promising young painters of contemporary Indian art. He received his BFA degree from the Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta and a MFA degree from the Delhi College of Art. Though recognised as a water colourist the young painter is equally at ease with oil on canvas. He started out as a painter in the academic style, but over the years began to shift towards abstraction. Gradually the imagery and form became more and more abstract until he began to create paintings of great evanescent beauty. The artist’s talent as a painter lies in his ability to internalise the Indian experience and express it in a style which is delightfully refreshing. For Maity, life is a celebration. One could very well describe him as a ‘romantic’ painter who paints not only from his head but also from his heart.
Maity’s talent is in the treatment he uses with the different media – his installations are virtually 3-dimensional paintings and his photography is a digital, watercolour. In both, he proves his inarguable position as one of the finest colourists and painters of young India.