Suhas Roy

Artist, Suhas Roy was born in 1936 in Bangladesh and studied painting at the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship, Calcutta, followed by graphic arts under the tutelage of Prof. S.W. Hayter at the Atelier 17 Ecole Superior Des Beaux Arts, Paris (1956 – 1966).

In 1960 he became a member of Society of Contemporary Artists, Calcutta and was the principle of Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship from 1971 - 1973. He went on to become a lecturer in painting at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan and ultimately retired as the principal.

From his earlier works of etchings, Christ figures and landscapes, the artist gradually shifted to his popular Radha series of women focusing on the face -beautiful, romanticized, with a slight melancholic feel to them. Getting inspiration from the daily lives around him, his work sometimes dark, mystical and rooted in fantasy is reminiscent of his troubled and challenging childhood.

He practiced printmaking and glass painting too creating art on a variety of subjects with another noteworthy series of his being the political turbulence in Bengal during the Naxalite movement through his Disaster series. The artist passed away in 2016.

Suhas Roy’s works have been exhibited all over the world through exhibitions like the Asian Graphic Prints Traveling Exhibition, USA, the Tokyo Print Biennale, Japan, Contemporary Indian Art, Yugoslavia, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungry, and Wounds, at the Central Institute Modern Art, New Delhi, and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

Honours and Awards

  • 1986 Certificate of Merit, Symphony, Hoshiarpur
  • 1973 Certificates of Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
  • 1970 West Bengal Academy of Drama and Fine Arts, Kolkata
  • 1969 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi
  • 1968 1st All India Graphic Exhibition by Group 8
  • 1957-58 Annual Exhibition, Indian College of Arts and Draughtsman ship, Kolkata


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