Bikash Bhattacharjee was born in Calcutta in 1940. Form his early childhood, the rooftops and alleyways of north Calcutta where he lived, the crumbling walls of buildings, the variety of people living there wove a certain magic in his mind. In 1963, he graduated from Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship. He began teaching at Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship in 1968. Later from 1973, Bhattacharjee began teaching at the Government College of Art & Craft and taught there till 1982. In 1964, he became a member of the Society of Contemporary Artists.
Besides painting the city and its people that he knew so well, Bhattacharjee is also an accomplished portrait painter. Realism is Bhattacharjee's forte. In the process, he explores the possibilities of oil as a medium to the extent that he could depict the exact quality of drapery or the skin tone of a woman, the moldering walls of an old building as if by magic. Bhattacharjee has also worked extensively with pastel.