Samir Mondal was born in a Bengal village called Balti. Like most of his contemporaries he came to Calcutta for his education. He graduated from the Government Art College in 1975. This was in many ways a critical period for the art of his region. Some of his elders had already thrown away the weight of such legendary movements as the Bengal School of Painting or the Calcutta Group. There was turmoil in the air necessarily brought about by bold experimentation and a youthful rebelliousness. When he left Art College, Mondal was thus poised to see new horizons. Throughout his career since, he has never lost sight of them, has reached them and made them his own.
Mondal has exhibited in major cities, and has experienced many German cities (under, the Indo-German Cultural Exchange Programme) and of Paris. He has also collaborated with the eminent poet and media person Pritish Nandy on a number of projects. He created the Mulla Naseeruddin series for The Illustrated Weekly in which each episode was represented by a separate painting. Mondal’s full page portraits of film stars and other prominent personalities in The Sunday Observer have been widely appreciated.
His watercolours have never lost their purity, their inventiveness and their classic elegance.