I grew up in Calcutta, India -- my father a film director, my mother an actress. Our living room had a constant flow of artists of all colors. In this background of arts and artists, my main passion drifted towards science and technology.
After completing my graduate studies in Physics, I got interested in Computer Science and went back to graduate school and then moved to Chicago to obtain a Ph.D degree in Artificial Intelligence. For the next twenty years I have been involved with various aspects of digital technology – designing electronic medical systems, writing technical books, and running the technology group at Encyclopædia Britannica since 1999. During all this time I continued to draw and paint, though very sporadically.
In 2011, during a trip back to India, I decided to take up art more seriously. I have been reading and thinking a lot about how, in the recent years, science, philosophy, and art are coming together. I wanted to express my understanding of these fundamental changes through my art. This time I did not want to restrict myself to just painting, but rather take advantage of my training in electronic technology, my programming skills, my understanding of the digital world, and my painting skills to tell the complex story more effectively.
I am fortunate to have a privileged seat while watching many profound and spectacular shifts in human culture. I can enjoy an insiders view of the scientific and technological changes, and hopefully have the ability to capture the essence of it through art. However, lately most of my work has become more personal, dealing with the universality of human existence. The result is a growing body of work that I created since July of 2011. I hope you enjoy them just as much as I am enjoying making them.
studio: Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S Cornell Avenue, Studio #7, Chicago, IL 60615
residence: 1700 E 56th Street, #3509, Chicago, IL 60637
email: k (at) kunalsen (dot) com (you know what I mean)
- May 2017: part of Tactical Viewing at Chicago Police Department, Chicago, Illinois
- May 2016: part of NINE - A Window to Contemporary India at Fulton Street Collective, Chicago, Illinois
- May 2016: part of Art + Science show at Tom Thomas Gallery, Indiana University East
- March 2016: participated in A Surprise in the Process at Chicago Art Department
- November 2015: moved my studio to Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, studio #7
- September 2015: like, comment, share, reform is part of ArtPrize seven in Grand Rapids, Michigan
- August 2015: series life 2.0 is part of Hyde Park Art Center's Front & Center show
- February 2015: Selected to be part of the Hyde Park Center's The Center program
- October 2014: Participate in "Expanding Borders" at Brandenburg and Strickler Galleries, Olivet Nazarene University
- September 2014: Awarded "Best of the Show" for Memory Mirror at "Science and Art" show at Arteri Fine Arts, Naperville, Illinois
- September 2014: Participate in "Science and Art" show at Arterie Fine Arts, Naperville, IL-- http://arteriefinearts.com/section/400151_Science_amp_Art.html
- February 2014: Illustrated a poem written by Ariana Nash -- http://www.hootreview.com/onlineissue28/
- January 2014: Participate in a juried show at Saint Louis Artist's Guild - "A Dream or A Memory"
- March 2013: Interview, published in IIFL -- http://www.indiainfoline.com/Research/LeaderSpeak/Kunal-Sen-Chief-Technology-Development-officer-Encyclopaedia-Britannica/42026908