Anirban was born (1991) and raised in rural West Bengal in India. His performance in academics was excellent right from his childhood. After higher secondary education, because of the lack of proper career counseling programs, Anirban ended up selecting a mainstream career option and chose to be an engineer being ‘influenced’ by others. He qualified IIT (Indian Institute of Technology, the toughest engineering entrance exam in India and probably the third globally back then in 2009) Entrance Examination successfully in the very first attempt. He pursued Mining Engineering from ISM IIT Dhanbad and graduated in 2014 with excellent grades.
During his college days, Anirban used to sketch a lot in leisure times, just for fun. His introduction to the art world was not very smooth and it was certainly not by his choice, but he was probably predestined to it! Later he discovered many masters of watercolor and other media over different social platforms and got hugely motivated by them, so much so that it had put him into dilemma whether to continue engineering or to pursue arts. In 2015, he listened to his inner voice and made the choice to move away from the mining industry leaving behind a lucrative job and a career full of opportunities. Since then he has spent most of his time in painting outdoors, studying and experimenting with water media (mainly) all by his own. Because (of his academic background) he had not much options to study arts professionally from reputed institutes, he planned to dedicate his initial years solely behind learning the craft (the art of watercolor) as quickly and in as vast as possible while paying the least attention to his financial well-being.
In essence, he likes to paint cityscapes with interesting architectural features and streetscapes; yet with a keen interest in rural & mountain landscapes, portraits & figurative arts, still-life, indoor studies and pretty much everything. With a constant eagerness to gain knowledge and experience through his self-directed art education, Anirban is determined to pursue his ambition in the Watercolor world by seeking new scopes in diverse subjects. He is also committed to staying relevant with changing trends; seeking for new ideas, new opportunities, and new findings.
-AIR- Art Imagination Reloaded, an International Online Watercolor Painting Exhibition organised by Wet Palette group, August 2020
-’20th International Watercolor Internet Exhibition, 2020′ from Japan International Watercolor Institute, Niigata,Japan between June 18-21, 2020
-Selected in the ‘IWS Firca Gallery 1st International Online Watercolor Contest’ organised by IWS Glove in conjunction with IWS Firca Gallery, June 2020 and honored with Exhibition award
-‘Masters of Watercolor’, a show featuring plein air works of 50 well-known watercolor landscape artists from around the world, held in Saint Petersburg, Russia between 10-15 March, 2020
-‘Go With the Flow’ Elite Watercolor Exhibition-2020 organized by IWS (International Watercolor Society) Hong Kong
-Selected for AIFACS’s (All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society)Annual Exhibition 2019
-‘Honorable Mention Award’ from the IMWA (International Masters of Watercolor Alliance) in its Member Selection Online Watercolor Contest 2019
-‘2019 Lijiang Heritage City International Watercolor Artists’ Invitational Exhibition’, Lijiang Cultural Museum, Yunnan, China
-Invited artist in ‘Lishui Barbizon International Art Symposium 2019’, Lishui city, Zhejiang, China
-Selected for the exhibition in the ‘White Nights Istanbul Watercolor Celebration’ hosted by IWS Turkey, 2019
-Group watercolor exhibition titled ‘Wet Verses’-2019, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India
-Invited artist in ‘Nanning China-ASEAN International Watercolor Biennale 2019’, Guangxi, China
-Exhibited in the ‘2nd Luxu International Watercolor Master’s Invitational Exhibition 2019’, Guanxi, China
-Accepted artist for ‘Russian Atlantis’- 2019, an annual International Plein air and Exhibition Project in Russia jointly organized by ’St. Petersburg Center for Humanitarian Programs’ and ‘Union of Artists of Russia’
-Winner of GAWA (Global Association of Watercolor Artists) Annual International Watercolor Scholarship – 2018
-Finalist of ‘1st Universal Watercolor Exposition 2018’ jointly held by IWS and Zhuji Municipal Government, China
-Finalist in the Classic Category of the ‘Premio Tláloc’ by IWS Mexico
-‘Special Recognition’ award in ‘GAWA International Watercolor Online Contest 2018’
-Finalist of ‘1st Universal Watercolor Exposition Online Contest 2018’ hosted by ‘IWS China’ and ‘IWS Magazine’ (http://iwsglobe.org/index.php/2018/04/08/announcement-of-winners-of-1st-universal-watercolor-exposition-
-Winner of IWS White Nights Watercolor Online Contest 2018; & won a trip to Saint Petersburg, Russia
-‘Third prize’ in the 6th International ‘Zeugma Love, Tolerance and Peace through Art’ Watercolor festival and Golden Brush Online Contest – 2017 organized by IWS Turkey and Gaziantep -Metropolitan Municipality; & won a trip to Gaziantep, Turkey
-‘Honorable Mention’ award in the 6th International ‘Zeugma Love, Tolerance and Peace through Art’ Watercolor festival and Golden Brush Online Contest – 2017 organized by IWS Turkey and Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality etc.
WORKSHOPS/PLEIN AIR ACTIVITIES/MEMBERSHIPS/OTHER CREATIVE REFERENCES:
-Featured in Russian magazine ‘Watercolor Planet’ https://yadi.sk/i/A6ci7Gn8NXa_kA
-National watercolor landscape camp at Hampi (a UNESCO world heritage site) organized by Karnataka Chitrakala
-Parishath (CKP) in collaboration with the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC), January 2020
-National watercolor landscape camp ‘Dharohar’ conducted by West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC), January 2020
-Step-by-step demonstration of watercolor process published in the 37th issue of the prestigious French Watercolor magazine L’Art de I’Aquarelle (The Art of Watercolour) Youth Member of IMWA
-En plein air in different places of Yunnan, Zhejiang and Guangxi provinces of China
-4-pages long article published in the special anniversary issue (35th) of L’Art de I’Aquarelle (The Art of Watercolour)
-Watercolor landscape camp ‘Glorious Udaipur’ jointly organized by West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC) and P. N. Choyal Memorial Trust, November 2018
-Watercolor landscape camp at Mysore conducted by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (CKP), September 2018
-Active participant in various juried exhibitions and collective shows in India and abroad (Turkey, Russia, China, Mexico, Hong Kong, France, Malaysia etc.)
-His artworks are in numerous private collections around the globe, Nanning Art Museum (China), Lishui Museum (China), Galleries of CKP, and collections of WZCC etc.