Sajal Sarkar was born in Kolkata, India. He received his post graduate diploma in Graphics from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in Gujurat, India. Sajal also graduated in Painting from Government College of Art and Craft in Kolkata. Since then, he has received numerous awards for his art and has exhibited his work in places such as Singapore, London, Hong Kong and more.
My upbringing as a skinny boy was deeply affected by the story of my parents and grandparents fleeing East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) to escape the ethnic riots that blooded the partition between India and Pakistan in 1947. My art journey began after that time with a political alienation of romantic perception to change the world towards peace, love and compassion.
Violence in India and other parts of the world by religious fundamentalists have deeply affected me and my art has resonated with that experience; for that reason my works remain focused on socio-political issues. After migrating to the USA I found a certain transformation in my thought process and a lot of new elements have come up frequently in my visual space. There is a transition from using human figures as the main vehicle to project my socio-political statement to a deeper aspect of life. The philosophy of the greatest mystic singer, preceptor of Baul, saint, songwriter, and thinker Lalon Fakir of rural Bangladesh was the core matters which helped me to develop my thought process.
I am deeply saddened by the continuous sufferings of human beings in several parts of the world for economical and socio-political reasons. My recent works are a reflection on the perception of existentialism and some unexplainable thoughts about a parallel world; a sense of nothingness from all the threats and fears of life. The concept of nothingness which is characterized by an egoless state of being in which one fully realizes one’s own small part in the cosmos. It’s about my own interpretation of “Multiverse”.
While dislocation from my comfort zone has always initially threatened the stability of my life and work, new encounters have also educated me in multiple ways, invariably offering a deep sense of understanding of myself and of humanity. Thus, I am determined to make my current experience of this new life yield equally fruitful results. Equipped with a deep compassion for human life and spirit, I want to take full advantage of the challenges this life offers, to explore fresh creative avenues and produce newer images that extol life.