Beena Pradhan
Beena Pradhan
Kolkata India
About Me

Two wonderful things happened to me when I started painting a decade and a half ago. The primary source of my happiness was that, being self-taught, I did not have to stay within a studious frame of reference. And the second was the realization that the restrictions imposed by a physical setback were not a cause for despondence at all. It made me more determined, opened up my creative vistas, and made my artistic journey a joyous unfettered one.
My experimentation has been with a number of mediums, (watercolour, dry pastel, charcoal, oil and acrylic) as well as with a thematic representation. This has progressed over the years, from portraiture in its purest sense, to capturing the moodscape of India in its vastness, to my current somewhat more complex, figurative, philosophical passage. I endeavour to search every day for a meaningful métier and that leads me to experiment with form, colour, the effect of sound.
The focus in my current work which is rendered in acrylic and in Indian ink is to characterize and capture the lust for life that street musicians display and the musical, oceanic and empathetic reverberations that my emancipated and powerful women capture and convey to the tangential male. If there is a dominance of cobalt blue and cadmium red, it is because they endorse the strong sound that my musicians display when they play their hearts out into lonely nights with scant applause, but plenty of aplomb. These primary bursts of colour and other treatments with ultramarine and ochre as also in monochrome, abet in the creation of the feminine mystique.
My own passion for the piano ekes out different shades of fervour when I paint. My quest continues apace to unravel the machinations of hue, texture and the human psyche.
"Rated as one of the most enlightened new-generation painters of Bengal , in large part because of her extreme devotion and constant effort to explore new horizons of aesthetic thought and imagination." — Galley Joie

Education from Bangalore University
Self taught artist.


2008 - Essence of Bengal, Habitat Cente, New Delhi
2008 - Art Fusion, Nehru Cente, Mumbai.
2007 - Minds Eye, Kynkyny Art Gallery, Bangalore.
2007 - Mystic Inspiration, Dubai.
2007 - Inaugural show, Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata.
2007 - Joint show at Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai.
2007 - The Nude at ITC Sonar Bangla, Kolkata.
2007 - Small is Beautiful, masters collection Kolkata.
2006 - Launch of, Oberoi Towers, Mumbai.
2006 - City of Joy, works by young Calcutta artists at The Museum Gallery, Mumbai and The Palladian Lounge, Kolkata.
2006 - Art Beat, an exhibition showcasing works by senior and renowned artists of Bengal, at Taj Bengal, Kolkata.
2006 - Art workshop - Apne Aap Women Worldwide at Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre,  Calcutta, in conjunction with the Birla Academy of Arts and Culture.
2006 - Ascent of Art presented by Samanvai Art Gallery at Jaipur.
2005 - A Midsummers Day Dream, at Academy of Fine Arts,  by members of the Academy.
2005 - Palette Poetry organized by Gallery Joie,  at Kendra Art Gallery,  New Delhi.
2005 - Kaaya O Maaya, curated by Ratnottama Sengupta at Genesis Art Gallery.
2005 - 20 contemporary artists at Lalit Kala Academy,  New Delhi.
2005 - Art Camp organized by Gallery Beyond at Le Royal Meridien, Mumbai.
2005 - One-day workshop for Tsunami victims, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata.
2005 - Show at State Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow, January.
2004 - The Real and the Abstract, at ITC Sonar Bangla.
2004 - Friends of the Academy exhibition at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata.
2004 - Show organized by Gallery Sanskriti in Jakarta, Indonesia.
2004 - Contemporary Expressions From India, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu.
2001 - Joint exhibition at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Solo Shows:
2009 - Birla Academy Of Art & Culture, Kolkata
2008 - Kynkyny Art Gallery, Bangalore.
2006 - Academy of Fine Arts Kolkata.
2005 - Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata.
2004 - Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi.
2001 - Chitrakoot Art Gallery.
2004 - Conferred the Best Oil Painting Award at the Academy of Fine Arts.

ARTWORKS BY Beena Pradhan