Born in 1949, Amiya Bhattacharya studied at the Indian College of Arts & Draftsmanship in Kolkata. Thereafter, he became the Senior Art Director of Ananda Bazar Patrika Groups of Publication. Among many other professional forays, he designs art publications for the Center of International Modern Art in Kolkata and also covers for Penguin Books India. Amiya imbues his paintings with deepened emotions and sensitivity through a highly personal palette and iconography. In particular throughout his works images of outstretched hands, chairs, the moon, flora and drapery, inhabit his dreamy, somewhat surreal canvases. His hues range from burgundy to ochre to browns and rust, and to blues. Women populate his creative realms, depicted from the black with bare shoulders, from the side with long tresses. Surrounding these figurative subjects and elements are the architectonic devices of spatial dimension which he deploys, columns and arches, steps and staircases, open windows and trellises, and black-and-white check board parquet. Bikash Bhattacharjee, the late eminent senior Bengali artist, has been a principal influence of his work. Amiya has exhibited extensively across India and overseas, his works are in many prominent collections across the country and abroad. He lives and works in Kolkata.