“….and my images - the yearning hand, the half moon, the banana leaves, most of all the women - are all part of a simple past, and the dreams of a magical childhood.”
Born in 1949, Amiya Bhattacharya studied at the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship in Calcutta, and thereafter joined the Ananda Bazar Petrika Group of Publication, where today he is the Senior Art Director and also designs covers for Penguin India.
He is an artist of rare emotion and sensitivity. Amiya’s statement is found in social reality. Since his natural diffidence prevents him from voicing his innermost thoughts and feelings, he turns, like so many social mutes before him to a more articulate medium than human speech.
Bikash Bhattacharjee, the eminent senior artist, has been the guiding factor for Amiya. He is fulsome in his praise for Amiya’s dogged determination and dedication to social mores.
1972: Obtained a diploma from the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship, Calcutta.
1976: Joined the Ananda Bazar Petrika Group of Publication. Is at present the Senior Art Director, overseeing the designing of the group’s many publications.
1982: Participated in special workshop on Newspaper Design organised by IFRA in Germany.
1988: Attended the seminar on Newspaper Design organised by IFRA in Germany.
Involved in the cover designing of books published by Penguin Books India (Pvt.) Ltd.
1992: Exhibition at Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1995: Exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2001: Show in Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre.
2004: Group Show in London - Indian Art Unbound by Nitanjali Art Gallery
2005: Group Show in Dubai – Indian Art Unbound II by Nitanjali Art Gallery
2005: Group Show in New Delhi – Indian Art Unbound Revisited, for the
Leading Hotels of the World
2006: Group Show in Mumbai & Delhi – Euphonic Palettes (Contemporary Art
from India & Pakistan), by Nitanjali Art Gallery
2006: Group Show in Dubai – Euphonic Palettes, by Nitanjali Art Gallery
2006: Group Show in Lahore – Dialogue, by Nitanjali Art Gallery & Ejaz
2006: Auction, ‘India on Canvas’, by NGO – ‘Khushii’
2007: Group Show in Dubai & Mumbai – Uninterrupted Journeys at the
Taj Palace Hotel and ITC Grand Central respectively.
2007: Group Show in Dubai – Resplendent Reveries, at the Grand Hyatt Dubai,
by Nitanjali Art Gallery
2007: Group Show in Dubai – Rhythms of Illumination, at the Grand Hyatt Dubai,
by Nitanjali Art Gallery
2007: Charity Exhibition for Savera (NGO) at the Intercontinental.
2008: Group Show - Mellifluous Metaphors, at Wei-ling Gallery, Malayasia.
2008: Group Show - 19@Niatnajli, EPICENTRE, Gurgaon
2008: Group Show - ‘Indian Strokes’, charity show by NGO Khushii
2008: Group Show – Creative Spirits, Stewart Gallery, Johannesburg
2009: Auction – India on Canvas by NGO Khushii in association with Christies
2009: India Art Summit, Nitanjali Art Gallery
2009: Just Visiting, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Sole designer of numerous art catalogues published by The Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Calcutta.