Hailing from Odisha, India, Jatin Das grew up in a middle-class Bengali family. His first encounter with art was in the form of music. Later, he moved to Bombay and studied at Sir.J.J.School of Art under S.B.Palsikar which marked the beginning of his career as an artist.
Jatin Das was fascinated with the human body. His paintings are a testament of his fascination and an attempt to portray the ethereal energy that it carries within itself. He was especially captivated by the relationship between a man and a woman. Marked by quick brushworks, his subjects often convey the complex plethora of emotions that are evoked as a result of their interaction with each other and the society. The tussle between pain and joy form the underlying themes of his work.
A multi-faceted artist, Jatin Das has done several murals and sculpture installations in his career. He is also an ardent collector of local and traditional arts which are housed at the J.D. Centre of Arts in Orissa. He is the founding member of ‘The Poetry Society’ and has served as a consultant to various government and private organisations. He has also worked as a visiting professor in a number of prestigious colleges and schools including National School of Drama, School of Planning and Architecture, College of Art and National Institute of Design.
In a span of a glittering five-decade career, Jatin Das has held over 50 solo-exhibitions. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Govt. of India in 2012.