Sajal Sarkar, born and brought up in Kolkata
(formerly Calcutta), is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor.
Sajal started his art career as an illustrator after completing his studies in Drawing & Painting as an undergraduate from Govt. College of Art and Craft, the University of Calcutta in 1989 and then decided to move to the western region of India to study Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India from 1993-95.
He has won several awards including the prestigious Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation grant in 2021, a Senior Research Fellowship from the Cultural Ministry of India in 2011-12, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada in 1996 & 2005, & Bendre-Hussain scholarship, Bombay Art Society, AIFACS.
Sajal has exhibited his work in numerous solo shows and group shows in various parts of the world, including the AICON Gallery of New York.
In 2016, he emigrated to the USA and continued his art practice by exploring various natural mediums in his work. He was associated as an Art Instructor with the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit. He is presently associated with the Center for Contemporary Arts, Bedminster, NJ.
Sajal presented his works as a guest speaker at several institutions, including the University of Connecticut (UConn), East Connecticut State University, and at Niracharthu Art Talk, Kerala, India. His interviews were published in Art Review City, New York, Art Soul Life Magazine, India, an article published in Art India Magazine, as well as an interview streamed live on YouTube with Evil O, Bangla Blog, Kolkata, and ICC Greenwich, CT.
His works are in collection with the Library of Congress in Washington DC, the National Gallery of Modern Art, & Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, along with several private collections internationally.
Sajal currently lives and works in Avenel, NJ.