The career of Calcutta-based artist Shuvaprasanna has spanned more than three decades. Born in Calcutta in 1947, Shuvaprasanna graduated from the Indian College of Art at Calcutta in 1969, and before that year was through he had co-founded Art and Artists in the city. A few years later, in 1976, he founded the College of Visual Arts in Calcutta. In the countryside of one of Calcutta's suburbs, he spearheaded an artists' village. And every year since 1970, he has exhibited in both solo and group shows in Calcutta (and abroad as well). Clearly, both as an artist and a man, Shuvaprasanna is from - and of - Calcutta. The city has always figured prominently in his work. During the turbulence and political violence of Calcutta in the 60s and 70s, his work was informed and influenced by the times and the events. During this time, he drew Calcutta in a general, almost non-specific way. More recently, he has depicted the city more directly: its people, its places, and what makes the city distinctive. In terms of technique, Shuvaprasanna boasts a precise, finely-executed style that yields an unmistakable visual intensity. He works comfortably in an assortment of media, including oil on canvas, charcoal, and mixed media. The tone of his works varies between detachedly ironic and fervently empathic. As for theme, art critic Manasij Majumder persuasively wrote: "(Shuvaprasanna's) themes come from his personal interactions with Calcutta's urban milieu - its sickness and sordidness, its violence and vulnerability and all that compounds its existential agony in an out-of-joint time." "What every creator wishes to achieve is a universal appeal. There should be no language problem while judging the merits of a painting. One should go beyond themes, beyond words. There can be no clear cut definition for feelings, nor should you wish to seek any logical explanation." The Artist, "Metropolis: Portraits of Calcutta", by Shuvaprasanna. 1994. Shuvaprasanna's current series of paintings, Icons and Illusions, marks a creative breakthrough for the artist in a number of ways. Whereas he had been known in the past as an urban artist with subject matter that reflected the byways, alleyways, birds, and people of his native Kolkata, in Icons and Illusions, he is interested more in divinities and flowers. The Krishnas, Radhas, and Ganeshas that find lyrical expression in the Icons series are modern representations and sophisticated idealizations of the same images in the popular media. In the color palette too, the new series breaks significant ground for the artist. The vibrant blues, yellows, and oranges represent a joyful liberation; gone are the browns and grays of the urban experience. What is interesting too, is the textural use of gold and silver foil, pressed delicately onto the canvases, sometimes outlining a face, but at other times curving free in long looping lines. The use of gold might remind one of Indian miniature paintings. Shuvaprasanna has received numerous awards for his artwork, including prizes from the Birla Academy, AIFACS, and the prestigious Lalit Kala Akademi. He has had solo exhibitions in every major Indian city, as well as in Bangladesh, Singapore, France, Switzerland, and Germany. In addition, his work is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, WHO, Geneva, Kratel SA Stuttgart, and the Glenbarra Art Museum in Japan. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.