Ganesh Haloi was born in Jamalpur, Mymensingh, now in Bangladesh in 1936. Like many during his time, the partition left a deep impact on him. The trauma he suffered is evident in some of his works. He began his journey as an artist Government College of Art and Craft in Calcutta in 1956. The next year he joined the Archaeological Survey of India to make copies of the Ajanta murals. After seven years' involvement in the work, Haloi returned to work in Calcutta. He taught at the Government College of Art and Craft since 1963 till his retirement. Since 1971, he has been a 'member of the Society of Contemporary Artists.
The paintings at Ajanta had a profound influence on his works. His works were marked with lyricis. The mood was poignant and harmonious. From figurative works, he gradually moved towards abstract renderings of landscapes.There is a sense of nostalgia in his paintings. A refreshing interlude came when Haloi did some paintings after a tour of the ruins of Gour Pandua in north Bengal.
Haloi has done a number of commissioned mosaic murals. His stint at Ajanta led him to study Buddhism and do research on the technique of Ajanta murals. He published a research paper on the "Techniques of Ajanta Murals" in the journal of Art in Industry in 1964.
Haloi lives and works in Calcutta.
Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata (1956)
2007 Unwanted, Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata
Organized by Art Musings, Mumbai at Art Musings, Mumbai and Museum Gallery, Mumbai
2006 An Art Sublime, Aicon Gallery, New York
Steps That Seek, Akar Prakar, Kolkata
2003 Works on Paper, Online Show on Saffronart.com
2000 Gallery Lakeeren, Mumbai
Late R. N. Chakraborty Memorial Gold Medal from the Government College of Art and Craft, seven Silver Medals from Calcutta University Institute, seven Gold Medals from Academy of Fine Arts, Cash Prize from Lathan Foundation, USA, Shiromoni Purashkar.
His works adorn numerous public and private collections.