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Manishi Dey (West Bengal)

About Artist

Manishi Dey was an Indian painter of the Bengal School of Art. His brother Mukul Dey was also a prominent artist. Manishi pursued art at Santiniketan, where he blossomed under the guidance of Abanindranath Tagore into a versatile and creative artist. Later in his career he experimented with cubist pictorial expressions and used rollers and spatulas on different surfaces, which was a taboo for the Neo-Bengal School. He became a member of the Bombay Progressive Artists' Group (PAG), which was founded in 1947 which may have resulted in the break from the visual idioms popularized by neo-Bengal school. The works of Manishi Dey have been exhibited for many years at various Indian Museums and Galleries, such as the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow, the Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad, Kala Bhavan in Santiniketan and in the Samdani Art Foundation in Dhaka. Since the early 21st Century, Manishi Dey's have also been included at major international auction houses, such as Bonhams and Christie's. The artist died in Kolkata in January 1966 at the height of his career.