Paresh Maity

Paresh Maity (born 1965) is an Indian painter. He is a prolific painter in a short career span.

In 2014, Government of India conferred upon him its fourth-highest civilian award the Padma Shri.


Early life

Paresh Maity was born in TamlukPurba Medinipur, West Bengal. He has a degree in Fine Arts from the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata and graduated at the top of his class with a Masters of Fine Arts from the Delhi College of Arts.


  • F.A. Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata
  • F.A. College of Art, New Delhi


Paresh Maity has 81 Solo Exhibitions in forty years of his career. In early years he did many watercolors of different locations. He gradually moved from atmospheric scenery to representations of the human form. His more recent paintings are bold and have graphic quality, with a strong color and unusual cropping. His works are in a number of collections, including the British Museum, and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

He has painted the longest painting in India, that stretches up to over 850 feet. In August 2010, his 55th solo show with watercolour paintings based on the last 15 poems of poet Rabindranath TagoreShesh Lekha (The Last Writings, 1941), opened at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

Personal life

He is married to artist Jayasri Burman, and lives and works in New Delhi.



  • 2017 : Award from Bihar Government
  • 2016 : Eastern Eye Editor’s Special Award for contribution in field of art in Royal Festival Hall, London
  • 2014 : Padma Shri Award by Government of India
  • 2014 : Cartier Award,St. Moritz. Switzerland Art Masters
  • 2013 : Hall of Fame by Hello (Times of India Group)
  • 2013 : Sera Bengali Award in Kolkata by ABP
  • 2012 : Dayawati Modi Award for Art, Culture & Education
  • 2005 : Indo-American Society
  • 2002 : Royal Watercolour Society, London
  • 1999 : Harmony Award, Mumbai
  • 1993 : British Council Visitorship
  • 1992 : Pt. Ravishankar Award from College of Art, New Delhi
  • 1990 : All India Fine Arts and Craft Society Award for 62nd All India Art Exhibition,
  • 1990 : New Delhi; Award for Outstanding Painting, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata;
  • 1990 : All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award for Best Watercolour Painting, New Delhi
  • 1989 : National Scholarship Award, Government of India
  • 1988 : Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Celebration Award
  • 1988 : Governor’s Gold Medal from Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
  • 1987 : Jamini Roy Birth Centenary Celebration Award
  • 1986 : Award, Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata
  • 1985 : Award, Government of West Bengal for Best Water Colour Painting Award,
  • 1985 : Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata
  • 1983 : Gold Medal, USSR