Born in 1971, in Kolkata, West Bengal, Rajib Chowdhury is a Baroda based artist. Though Rajib trained in painting, (he did his bachelor's in painting from Govt. college of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata in 1996) his interest in printmaking encouraged him to do a post diploma in Graphics from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda in 1999.
Rajib is the recipient of the AIFACS award (1998,99), The Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy, 1998 and the Bombay Art Society Award, 1999. He has also been awarded the National Scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 1996. The artist is showing his works nationally and internationally by participating in several group shows since 2000. Rajib's works are in several collections in India, Israel, Belgium, France and U.K.
In my recent work I’m trying to show the present day scenario of terrified, politically disturbed world. We see destruction more than constructive efforts. The funny part of this century is human beings do anything and everything; whether good or bad, constructing a temple, mosque or a church or demolishing the same, including the name of god or religion in such scenarios. We do the same thing when at war with any nation or a neighbour. The present day scenario impacts us all; financially, socially, politically, emotionally and physically. And in this show of powerful or the super powerful, the most affected are the innocent souls, the children and the common people. No political agendas or diplomatic talks, simply innocent souls who know nothing. They are the victims who lose their lives or identity.
I’m not a political artist, but subconsciously I cannot ignore the political world. I try in vain to escape this reality. When I read the newspaper or watch news on television, my mind is destroyed by the horrifying incidents reported. When I try to focus and concentrate on something I get diverted all the time. My works are just the outcome of such things. In this way I can sum up my current work as the depiction of what is going on around us; war, casualties, restlessness, self-defence and security measures. Previously as an artist I used to paint what I liked and admired. However, the present scenario has somehow forced me to paint what I do not like as I want people to have a glimpse of what we have made our world to be.