Born on February 9 in Jamalpur village in Mymensingh district in
Joins Government College of Arts and Crafts and graduates in 1956.
Wins gold medal from the Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta, and again
in 1956, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1966 and 1970.
Joins the Archaeological Survey of India as a sketcher to make copies
of the Ajanta cave paintings; continues till 1963. Years later, he would
remember his time spent there fondly: ‘I was drowned in an ocean
Around the same time, in the early 1960s, he begins his artistic career
as a painter of landscapes.
First solo show at Artistry House, Calcutta.
Returns to Calcutta and joins the Government College of Arts and
Crafts where he teaches till his retirement.
Participates in the annual group shows of the Academy of Fine Arts,
Calcutta, and All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New
Delhi, every year through 1995.
By the middle of this decade, establishes himself as an
accomplished landscape painter who evokes metaphysical
essence in ordinary landscapes
Is inducted as a member of the prestigious Society of
Contemporary Artists, Calcutta; participates in all its annual
group exhibitions from 1971 to 1995.
The Metascape series marks the culmination of the
transformation that began earlier in the decade, demarcating a
gradual transition from realism to abstraction; goes on to build
a formidable body of work that depicts nature in abstract form
beyond visual documentation.
Participates in group show at the Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta. Is featured in group show, ‘Metascapes’, at Chitrakoot Art Gallery,
Is part of ‘Indian Contemporary Artists: Multiculturalism and
Internationalism through Art’ in Melbourne.
Receives the Shiromani Puraskar and the Rabindra Bharati award,
both conferred by the Government of India.
‘Wounds’, a group show, at C.I.M.A., Calcutta, and National Gallery of
Modern Art, New Delhi, features Haloi.
Participates in another group show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
Is part of ‘Indian Contemporary Art’ at Gallery Maya, Hong Kong.
Is part of a group show on watercolourists at Bose Pacia, New York
Is part of a ‘Metascapes’ group show in Kolkata and Chennai.
His work is included in a group show curated by Manjit Bawa for
Societe Asiatique in Gurgaon.
Participates in ‘Drishti/Vision: Indian Contemporary Artists’ at
Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur. Is part of joint exhibition ‘As Within So Without’ with Prabhakar Kolte
‘An Art Sublime’ at Aicon Gallery, New York: a solo show on Ganesh
Galerie Müller & Plate, Munich, exhibits works by Ambadas, Haloi,
Rajendra Dhawan, Kolte and Tun Sein.
One-man show at Art Musings, Mumbai.
Solo show ‘Unwanted’ at Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata.
Is represented at Shanghai Art Fair.
Participates in group show ‘Moderns’ at Royal Cultural Centre,
Amman, Jordan, organised by the Lalit Kala Akademi.
Is part of ‘Above and Beyond and Figure/Landscape: Part Two’ at
Aicon Gallery, London.
One-man show, ‘Ganesh Haloi in Linear Abstraction’at Bengal Gallery
of Fine Arts, Dhaka.
Haloi’s works feature in Documenta 14, both at Athens, Greece (April
8-July 16) and Kassel, Germany (June 10-September 17).
Publishes Amar Katha, an autobiography.
The artist lives and works in Kolkata.