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Ganesh Haloi View Artworks of Ganesh Haloi Back to Artist

Born on the banks of Brahmaputra in Jamalpur, Mymensingh ( now in Bangaldesh ) in 1936, Ganesh Holi moved to Kolkata in 1950 following the partition of India. The trauma of the uprooting left a deep impact on his psyche, thus reflecting in his works. Haloi’s deep bonding with nature enabled him to communicate with the same in rather surreptitious and intuitive ways. The specialty of his works  lies in his ability to transform landscapes into mindscapes through the sheer force of his inner eye and imagination. Landscape is his major source of inspiration and he merges with the landscape in a way that he loses his own identity. The end result is creation of something that traverses the twin terrain of nature and human consciousness.

His initial work includes study of miniatures at Banasthali (Rajasthan) and copying Ajanta frescoes for six years. While his earlier work is dominated with landscapes, his later paintings reflect his introvert and philosophic temperament. Haloi's work shows his preoccupation with the theme of devastation or calamity and resilience.

Ganesh Haloi graduated from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata in 1956. He then went on to work there as a teacher. After seven years of involvement in the Ajanta work, Haloi returned to work in Kolkata. He taught at the Government College of Art and Craft since 1963 until his retirement. Since 1971, he has been a member of the Society of Contemporary Artists. He has had numerous exhibitions in Kolkata in 1962, Melbourne in 1991and at Bose Pacia modern, New York in 1995. In 2002, his work was featured in an exhibition curated by Manjit Bawa at the Societe Asiatique, Gurgaon and in 2003, at the Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata. Haloi received the gold medal from Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata in 1963-64 and 1970. In 1970, he was also conferred the Rabindra Bharati Award, Kolkata and in 1991, he was the recipient of the Shiromani Puraskar, conferred by the Government of India. Ganesh Haloi lives and works in Kolkata.


1952 -56 Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 'Ganesh Haloi: In Linear Abstraction', Akar Prakar Art Advisory, New Delhi

2016 'Ganesh Haloi: The Feeling Eye', Akar Prakar, Kolkata

2013 'Ganesh Haloi in Linear Abstraction', Akar Prakar, Kolkata; Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka

2011 Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi presented by Akar Prakar, Kolkata and Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi

2007 ‘ Unwanted’, Sallery Sanskriti, Kolkata

2007 Organized by Art Musings, Mumbai at Art Musings, Mumbai and Museum Gallery, Mumbai

2006 ‘An Art Sublime’, Aicon Gallery, New York

2006 ‘Steps That Seek’, Akar Prakar, Kolkata

2003 ‘Works on Paper’, Online Show on Saffronart.com

2000 Gallery Lakeeren, Mumbai

1962 First solo show, Artistry House, Kolkata

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 'Aqua', Gallery Beyond, Mumbai

2012 'One Eye Sees, the Other Feels', The Viewing Room, Mumbai

2011 'Form and Formlessness', Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon

2010-11 'Figure/Landscape: Part Two', Aicon Gallery, London

2010 'Above and Beyond', Aicon Gallery, London

2010 'Essential, Eclectic,...Ephemeral', The Harrington Mansions, Kolkata

2009-10 'Discerning Form', Aicon Gallery, New York

2009 'Tracing Time', Bodhi Art, Mumbai

2008 'Spirit of Abstraction', Mahua Art Gallery, Kolkata

2008 'Eternal Varanasi', Gallery k2, Kolkata

2007 ’12 Artists’, organized by Akar Prakar, Kolkata at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2007 ‘Black and White’, Gallery Kanishka, Kolkata

2007 ‘Journey 2’, A Charity Art Show for Passages, Art and Soul, Mumbai

2007 ‘Art for Concern’, The Annual Charity Auction 2007,

2007 Show on Art.indiatimes.com

2006 ‘Space’, Hacienda Art Gallery, Mumbai

2006 Ambadas, Haloi, Dhawan, Kolte, Tun Sein, Galerie Müller & Plate, Munich

2005 ‘Drishti / Vision’, Indian Contemporary Artists, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

2005 ‘Abstract Contemporary Indian Art’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi

2003 Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

2002 ‘Uncertainty In Certainty’, Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

2002 Ganesh Haloi Uncertainty in Certainty - A Journey, Societe Asiatique of Multiple Art and Artists, Gurgoan

1999 ‘Response’, Ganesh Haloi

1997 1998 1999, Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

1998 Art World, Chennai

1996 Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

1996 Gallery Escape, New Delhi.

1996 Gallery Lakeeren, Mumbai

1995 Bose Pacia Modern, New York

1995 Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

1995 ‘Watercolor: A Broad Spectrum – II’, with Prabhakar Barwe, C. Douglas, Prabhakar Kolte, M. Rai, Vivan Sundaram, Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

1994 ‘Trends and Images’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

1994 Indian Contemporary Art, Gallery Maya, Hong Kong

1993 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

1993 ‘Wounds’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata and National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

1992 Alliance Francaise, New Delhi.

1992 ‘Conflict’, Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

1991 ‘Indian Contemporary Artists: Multiculturalism and Internationalism through Art’, Melbourne

1987,89,98 'Metascapes', Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

1980 'Four Contemporary Artists of West Bengal', Kolkata

Joint Exhibitions

2005 ‘As Within So Without’, with Prabhakar Kolte, Art Musings, Mumbai


2011 ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

2011 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

2008 'Moderns', Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan

2008 Shanghai Art Fair, China presented by Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata

2007 ‘Synchrome 4’, Akar Prakar, Kolkata

2007 ‘12th Harmony Art Show, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

2006 ‘Building Bridges’, 17th Anniversary Show, Gallerie Ganesha and The Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi

2005 ‘Synchrome 2’, Akar Prakar, Kolkata

1967-95 Participated in the Exhibition’s at Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata and All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi.

1971-95 Exhibited with the 'Society of Contemporary Artists'.

1967,79,87 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

Honours and Awards


Late R.N. Chakraborty Memorial Gold Medal  Seven Silver Medals from Calcutta University Institute

Seven Gold Medals from AFA

Cash Prize, from Lathan Foundation U.S.A

Ministry of Health Government of India

Rabindra Bharati. Siromani Puraskar

Member of SCA since 1971

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