Bijan Choudhury, born in Faridpur, Bengal (now in Bangladesh) in 1931, was a prominent Bengal-born painter celebrated for his contributions to the Calcutta Painters movement in India. Although his studies at the Government College of Art and Craft in Calcutta were cut short due to his Marxist convictions, he later graduated from the Dacca Art College. He was a founding member of the Society of Contemporary Artists in 1960 and, in 1964, co-established the Calcutta Painters with fellow artists to challenge the conventions of the Bengal School of Art. In the late 1970s, he assumed the role of head at the Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship. He passed away on March 16, 2012, leaving a lasting legacy in the world of art.