They say I drew very well before I could read or write. Nature has never ceased to fascinate me probably because Assam is richly endowed with it. Trees, sky, landscapes, flowers all of these captivate me. Certain human emotions have stirred me as I have been growing older. All of these, I believe have a texture as rich as classical music has nuances. My favorite medium is watercolour as it creates atmospheric effects very well. To lend texture to some of my works I paste fabric with texture on paper.

  • Born in Jorhat, Assam, India . Won prizes in children’s art competitions as a child.
  • Passed Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination in 1970.
  • Studied in Assam Agricultural University to do B.Sc. (Agri) in 1974 and M.Sc. (Agri) in 1976.
  • Founder Member of Jorhat Fine Arts Society formed in 1976.
  • Held the first one – man exhibition in 1983 in Jorhat, courtesy J.F.A.S.
  • Held a two – men show in State Art Gallery, Guwahati in 1986.
  • Took part in a workshop organised by Guwahati Artists’ guild in 1986.
  • Invitee – artist in a group show of four selected artists of Assam in Kumar Bhaskar Art Gallery in Guwahati, Assam in 1992.
  • Awarded Lalit Kala Academy fellowship for painting in 1992.
  • Participated in-group shows in Guwahati and Jorhat organized by Cultural Affairs of Assam.
  • Held a solo show in Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi in 2011
  • Works in collection of Goodricke and in private collection both in India and abroad.
  • Participated in the Silver Jubilee Art Exhibition organized by Jorhat Fine Arts Society in 2002.
  • Participated in a workshop of painting organized by Sankardev Kalakskhetra in Guwahati in January 2005.
  • Have been teaching Agricultural Economics in Assam Agricultural University since 1982.
  • Write regularly on art and artists.

“His paintings have a rare visual quality. The emphasis is mainly on colour. I am spellbound by the emotional quality, depth and richness of his colours.The boldness and curves of his lines are a treat to watch. His sensibility is truly modern.”

Sri Nilomoni Phukan, poet of International repute and art critic, on works of Pronab Kumar Baruah on the opening day of the exhibition of paintings by four selected artists of Assam held in Kumar Bhaskar Art Gallery, Guwahati in 1992