Ganesh Haloi was born in 1936 in East Bengal, now in Bangladesh. He migrated to Kolkata during the partition. He graduated from Government College of Art & craft kolkata in 1956 and joined Archaeological Survey of India as a Senior Artist. In 1957 to 1963 he has been deputed to work at Ajanta cave. Later, he has joined Art College Kolkata as a lecturer in 1964. Earlier, his work includes study of miniatures at Banasthali (Rajasthan) and copying Ajanta frescoes for six long years. Initially his work is dominated with landscapes, but formerly paintings reflect his introvert and philosophic temperament. Haloi's work shows his preoccupation with the theme of devastation or calamity and resilience. He tries to fit the irregular movements of life into the artificial boundaries of the paintings. His perspective is that of a victim, but tempered with a strong dose of philosophy, a tranquil acceptance. His use of colours is thick, evoking thoughtful reminiscence with spontaneous ease. Ganesh Haloi has won several awards including the Late R. N. Chakarborty Memorial (ex principal) Gold Medal from the Government College of Art, Kolkata (1956), the seven silver medals from Kolkata University (1953, 1954, 1955). Gold medals from the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (1955, 1956, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1966, and 1970).