Ganesh Haloi

Ganesh Haloi moved to Calcutta from Bangladesh in 1950 following the Partition. The trauma of the uprooting left its mark on his work as it did on some other painters of his generation. In 1956, he graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta, and joined the Archaeological Survey of India, in the following year, to make copies of the Ajanta murals. After a gap of seven years, Haloi returned to Calcutta to work. He taught at the Government College of Art and Craft, from 1963 until his retirement. Since 1971, he has been a member of the Society of Contemporary Artists. The experience of Ajanta had a profound influence on Haloi; his works reflect an innate lyricism and a sense of nostalgia for a lost world which pervade his paintings.

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He represented India at the Berlin Biennale in 2014, and exhibited his work at Documenta 14, which was held in both Athens and Kassel in 2017. One of his most recent shows is “Poetics of Abstraction”, which was curated by Jesal Thacker at Akar Prakar, Kolkata, in January 2018.

A forthcoming book on the artist is being co-edited by Natasha Ginwala and Jesal Thacker, with Adam Syzmyck (Curator, Documenta 14), Lawrence Rinder (Director, Berkeley Museum), Roobina Karode (Chief Curator, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art) and Soumik Nandy Majumdar (Senior Lecturer, Visva Bharti University), as contributing writers. The book will be published by Mapin, as a companion monograph to an upcoming retrospective.

Ganesh Haloi lives and works in Kolkata, West Bengal, India.

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