Manjit Bawa was born in Dhuri, Punjab, in 1941. He studied at the College of Art. New Delhi, and then did his diploma in Silk Screen-Printing at the London School of Printing, Essex. From 1967 to 1971 he worked as a silk screen printer in London. A figurative painter right from the beginning of his career, Manjit Bawa had solo shows in India and internationally, including the UK and Spain. He was the visiting faculty of the College of Art, New Delhi. He participated in 'Contemporary Indian Art' at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1982, "Modem Indian Painting' at Hirschom Museum, Washington D.C., in 1982, 'Contemporary Indian Art' at the Grey Art Gallery, New York, in 1986, and 'Coup de Coeur' at Halles de Ulle, Geneva, 1987. The renowned painter was in coma for nearly three years, after he suffered a stroke, died in December 2008.