Jatin Das is a painter, poet, sculptor, muralist, print-maker, teacher, cultural expert and institution builder and has been working now for almost 60 years.
Born in December 1941 in Mayurbhanj, Odisha, India, Das at 17, went to study at Sir JJ School of Art, Bombay, under Professor S.B. Palsikar. Das has held 68 one-man shows, in India and abroad and has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions and artist camps. His works are primarily in oil, watercolour, ink and Conté. He has also created several graphics, murals, sculptures and art installations. His works have been featured in several public and private collections in India and abroad and have been auctioned by major international auctioneers like Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Osian’s. In 2012 he was the recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, one of the highest civilian awards in India.
Jatin Das has extensively lectured at numerous art and architecture colleges, museums, public forums; sharing his understanding of contemporary and traditional art forms. He is also an advisor to many government and private bodies. He has donated his works to several charities over the years. His commitment to preserving arts and crafts and in creating a sensitivity towards art and aesthetics led him to a dream almost 40 years ago - the JD Centre of Art. Jatin Das, the Founder and Chairman of the Centre, envisages classical, modern, traditional and folk art, all under one roof. Over several decades, Das has built a large collection of modern art, antiquities and handicrafts for the Centre. It includes the enormous Pankha collection, that has more than 6,000 hand-fans. The Centre is currently under construction, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
Jatin Das is a prolific painter and most recently, during the lockdown, he has made a series of ink paintings about migrant workers.