Jatin Das was born in 1941 in Baripada Mayurbhanj, Odisha. He attended the prestigious JJ School of Art, Mumbai between 1957 and 1962 under the tutelage of Professor S. B. Palsikar.
Jatin Das is a multi-faceted Indian painter, sculptor, and muralist. Fascinated by human figures, Jatin captures the beauty, energy and simplicity of human bodies through his exuberant, elegant, poetic and vivid line works. Through his paintings, the artist explores the relationships between society and nature, and men and women. His paintings often touch the different aspects of human nature and their interpersonal relationships such as desire, crisis, physical touch, anxiety, distress, etc.
Throughout his career of over 50 years, Jatin Das has exhibited his works at numerous solo and group shows in India and at international art galleries. He has also participated in 1971 Paris Biennale and 1978 Venice Biennale. His paintings are held by many public and private collections all over the world and have been auctioned at the renowned international auctioneers such as Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Osian’s. In 2001, on the occasion of India’s 50th Independence Day, Jatin Das completed his mural ‘The Journey of India: Mohenjodaro to Mahatma Gandhi’ at the Parliament House.
He founded JD Center of Art in Bhubaneswar to aid the local traditional and contemporary art and craft. He has also taught at many renowned institutions in India, such as National School of Drama, New Delhi, Jamia Milllia Islamia, New Delhi, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, etc.
The Governor of West Bengal honoured him with the Utkala award in 2006 and he received the Bharat Nirman Award in 2007. He also received one of the highest civilian awards; Padma Bhushan Puraskar by the government of India, in 2012.