Born in 1957, in Udaipur Chhotu Lal Sharma did his graduation and post-graduation in drawing & painting winning a gold medal from the University of Udaipur. Having learnt traditional Indian miniature techniques he has adapted it to suit his own style to feature more contemporary imagery. Most of his paintings come in small sizes and opaque water color on paper. His pigments are all home made with mineral and vegetal extracts and the brushes from bird feathers. These endow his compositions that entail an interesting mix of the old and new in the imagery, a distinct luster and appeal. Chhotu Lal has participated is several exhibitions at Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkata, Bhopal, Raipur, and Nagpur besides some international expositions. His work is held in several private and public collections in India & abroad including the Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur and Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal amongst others. The artist lives in Udaipur and works from his studio at home.