Pranab Barat (b. 1964, Kolkata) is an artist from Bengal, India. His work focuses on life in villages and cities in India. His works are mostly using watercolor, pastel, tempera, charcoal and oil paints. He is particularly interested in the depiction of nature and of human forms. He is known for his interesting technique of pseudo-oil paintings where he creates oil painting like texture in paintings using poster color and synthetic resin. While the weather in the eastern part of India is not conducive to the longevity of oil based paintings, Mr Barat's pseudo-oil paintings are not influenced by the local heat or humidity. He is a graduate of the Fine Arts Department of Rabindrabharati University (1986), then located near Jorashanko Thakur Bari (The house of the Tagores, notably that of Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel laureate poet from India). He also received training in Computer graphics and Commercial Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (1991). His teachers include stalwarts like Ganesh Halui, Bikash Bhattacharya and Rathin Mitra. He has also worked with Wasim R Kapoor, Prakash Karmakar, Subrata Gangyopadhyay and the like. He has taken part in various solo exhibitions including the Bata Company exhibition (1989), Academy of Fine Arts (1997). Currently Pranab Barat is involved as an art teacher in Kolkata (Calcutta) where he has more than 500 students. Many of the artists in the area are among his students from previous years. Mr Barat has worked in textile painting, textile printing, western painting, water color, illustrations, is a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines and serves as a judge in various art events in the region.
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