Born in 1956 in Calcutta, Dutta has no formal training in art. The patterned precision and polished delicacy of his infinitely appealing visuals, contradicts the fact that he has received no formal training in art. The singular strength with which he has concentrated on his chosen passion is however immediately identifiable in the emotional spontaneity and meticulous craftsmanship of his paintings and drawings. Today, a substantial body of his work resides in the National Gallery of Modern Art.
Manoj Dutta was only twenty-seven years old, when three luminaries of the contemporary Indian art scene – Shyamal Dutta Roy, Bikash Bhattacharyjee and Ganesh Pyne – invited him to join and work with them as a member of the Society of Contemporary Artists. He only summoned up the courage to join the Society a year later in 1983. Today he has forged his own uniquely mellifluous, gracefully orchestrated style to secure his eminence in the Indian art scenario.
Manoj’s painting draws from the impacts on his mind of events in the city life, but he still admires the simplicity and spontaneity of folk art. There are therefore, pronounced elements of folk art in his painting through the context of his experience of the immediate reality around him.