Born in 1947 Kolkata, Shuvaprasanna or Shuva as he is fondly addressed, studied art at the Indian College of Art in the city. His checkered career spanning nearly four decades includes a varied range of work as a graphic artist, painter, educator, writer and art activist. The urban milieu of the city has figured prominently in many of his works - its sickness and sordidness, violence and vulnerability, existential agony and survival instinct, joys and people, evoking irony as well as empathy. His work comes in an assortment of media- oil on canvas, drawings on paper, charcoal, and mixed media. He’s also experimented with sculptural forms and installations. Shuvaprasanna often works in series ranging from cityscapes to clocks to crows and owls. Passion flowers with their discrete erotic undertones and divinities series in vibrant hues of blues, yellows and oranges mark a creative breakthrough for the artist.