Born in 1918, Paritosh Sen was a versatile painter, influenced by Western Modern art. His skill lay in creating two dimensional, structured planes with an illusion of voluptuousness. His caricatures, which reflect strong underlying socio-political nuances, and his female nude drawings are part of his signature style. The cubist influence is evident in his strong, bold strokes, with which he captured everyday scenes, which normally consisted of figures engaged in activity or at leisure. He was also a wonderful storyteller and wrote and illustrated books in his characteristic witty style.
He received numerous awards in his lifetime and his collections are spread out across the globe. Among other awards, he received a Fellowship for 1970 - 71 from the John D. Rockefeller III Fund. He passed away in October 2008.