Ashim Purkayastha has a B.F.A and M.F.A in Painting from Viswa Bharati, Shantiniketan. Some of his solo shows include the ones held at Anant Art Gallery, Delhi, 2006, Sakshi, Mumbai, at Shridharani Gallery, Delhi, 2005 and the one at Gallery Espace, Delhi, 1999. His works have also been part of many group shows including the one organized by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy in 2006, Nature Morte, Delhi, 2005, Gallery Espace, Delhi, 1998. He received the Pollock Krasner award, US, in 2004 and the The Elizabeth Green Shields Foundation Award, Canada, 1993. The artist lives and works in Delhi.