Born in 1947 in New Delhi, Gupta studied art for five years at the College of Art, New Delhi. He moved on to Paris in 1970 on a scholarship to study graphics. Gupta is known for his etchings inspired by Rajasthan, in the context of which he says, “I used to make etchings of mountains. I was inclined towards minimalism, so my earlier etchings were devoid of much colour. Then, one day in Sikkim, I experienced a sense of unity with God when I entered the Rumtek Monastery. It was such a contrast, from stark to warm hues, that from then on I decided to change my palette from blues, greys and whites to earthy colours. That’s when I turned to Rajasthan,” he says. Satish Gupta lives and works in New Delhi.