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Suhas Roy Radha






Suhas Roy Radha



Suhas Roy's preoccupation is primarily with the female face and form, and his subjects are romanticized, inhabiting the dreamlike world between sensuality and innocence. His work is usually inspired by life around him, but his themes are as much influenced by the everyday world as they are rooted in fantasy. 




Born in 1936, Suhas Roy studied at the Indian College of Arts and Draughtsmanship, Calcutta. In 1956, he travelled to France on a Government of France French Cultural Scholarship. In Paris, he studied at the Atelier 17 and the Ecole National Superiere des Beaux Arts. Between 1959-73, he was head of the Graphic 
Department at his alma mater. In 1974, he joined Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan, as a lecturer in painting.
He has held numerous solo shows across the country and his works have been exhibited at various print exhibitions and biennales abroad. His paintings were included in important exhibitions like the Asian Graphic Prints Traveling Exhibition, USA, the Tokyo Print Biennale, Japan; Contemporary Indian Art, Yugoslavia; Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungry, The Central Institute of Modern Art, New Delhi, and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

Roy retired in 1996, as the head of the Department of Painting at Kala Bhavan Santiniketan.

He lives and works in Kolkata. 












"The dark side of humanity and cruelty is what leads me in my search of the unknown."

Suhas Roy's preoccupation is primarily with the female face and form, and his subjects are romanticised, inhabiting the dreamlike world between sensuality and innocence. His work is usually inspired by life around him, but his themes are as much influenced by the everyday world as they are rooted in fantasy. The vast and complex texture of life is seen as mystical and dark in his work. The mystical flavour of his works arose fromhis interpretations of the 'unknown'.

It is his craftsmanship and consummate skill that ensure that his richly romantic subjects do not touch extremesyrupy and stereotypical portrayals. Instead, their very patent beauty veers towards melancholic grace and elegance. This graceful portrayal of his subjects has much to do with his choice of materials - his crayons, charcoal and brush have sensitivity and refinement.

Suhas Roy he studied at the Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship, Calcutta, and under the tutelage of Prof. S.W. Hayter at the Atelier 17 Ecole Superior Des Beaux Arts, Paris. His 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. Roy lives and works in Santiniketan where he is the head of the Department of Painting at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan.

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