top of page

Jatin Das has been painting now for almost 60 years. Born in December 1941 in Mayurbhanj, Odisha, India, he studied at the 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. He works in oil, watercolour, ink, graphics and Conté. He has also created several murals and sculpture installations. His works feature 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.


Jatin Das has extensively lectured at numerous art and architectural colleges, museums, public forums; sharing his art and his understanding of contemporary and traditional art forms. Jatin is also an advisor to many governments and private bodies. He has donated his works to several charities. His commitment to art and artists; towards creating a sensitivity for art and aesthetics led him to a dream almost 30 years ago.


Jatin Das is the Founder and Chairman of the JD Centre of Art that will house classical, contemporary, traditional and folk art; all under one roof. During the last 35 years, he has built a personal collection of contemporary works and a large one of antiquity and handicrafts, including the enormous ‘Pankha’ collection, that has more than 6,000 hand-fans. He is also donating most of his own works to the Centre currently under construction, in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Jatin Das was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious “Padma Bhushan” award.

  • Jatin Das, contemporary Indian artist living in Delhi. Born on 2nd December 1941, Mayurbhanj, Odisha, India

  • Studied, Sir JJ School of Art, Bombay

  • Conferred the Padma Bhushan, India’s highest civilian award, by the President of India, 2012

  • Painting for 60 years, works in public and private collections in India and abroad.

  • Done several murals and sculptures installations, selected few are:

    • ‘The Journey of India: Mohenjo-Daro to Mahatma Gandhi’, oil on canvas, 7 x 68 feet, Parliament of India, Delhi. Inaugurated in 2001 by the then Prime Minister.

    • Fresco, Birla Kreeda Kendra, egg tempera, Bombay, 1964

    • Welded steel installation, Bhilai Steel Plant, Madhya Pradesh 1996.

    • 3 murals, metal sculpture, metal mobile; NCPGR, Delhi 2005

    • Façade mural, Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK 2009

    • Painted mural, international airport Bangalore, 2014

  • Many graphic additions, Etching, Lithography and Serigraph. Designed Postal Stamps.

  • Held over 68 one-man shows both in India and abroad.

  • Participated in major national and international shows, selected few are:

    • Konstforum – Norrköping, Sweden 2012 with Eva Zettervall

    • 2nd Biennale, Cuba, Havana 1985

    • 3rd Asian Biennale, Bangladesh 1985

    • Tokyo Biennale, the 15th International Art Show, Japan 1984

    • VII British International Print Biennale, Bradford, UK 1982

    • Venice Biennale, Italy 1978

    • 2nd, 3rd and 4th Triennial India, Delhi 1971, 1976 and 1978

    • Septième Biennale de Paris, France 1971

  • Professor of Art at Jamia Milia University. Lectured at innumerable art and architectural colleges and museums in India and abroad; e.g. National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Victoria Albert Museum, London, Pit Reverse Museum, Cambridge University, UK, Harvard University, USA, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Rietberg Museum, Zurich, Stanford University, USA.

  • Conferred D.Litt. from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh, 2015, Ravenshaw University, Orissa, 2010 and Utkal University of Culture, Orissa, 2007.

  • Writes poetry, member of the Poetry group ‘Samovar’, 1963, Poetry Society of India, New Delhi.

  • Advisory Committee member of many government and private art and cultural bodies.

  • Donated work to innumerable charities India for children and destitute.

  • Reconstruction and rehabilitation work in Orissa village after the super cyclone in 1999.

  • JD Centre of Art (
    The JDCA established in Odisha, 1997 to house his collection of traditional and contemporary arts and antiquities, designed by the eminent architect, B V Doshi.

  • ‘Pankha’: Hand fans (

One of the largest private collections of hand-fans in the world. Exhibitions held: National Craft Museum-New Delhi, Victoria Memorial-Kolkata, Fan Museum-London, National Art Gallery-Kuala Lumpur, Rietberg Museum-Zurich, National Museum-Manila, National Museum-Philippines. The collection would be donated to the proposed National Pankha Museum, New Delhi.­

JD New_web.jpg
bottom of page