Born in 1957, Chhotu lal is an acclaimed artist based in Udaipur, Rajasthan. He received an MA in Drawing and Painting with a gold medal from MLSU (Udaipur). Apart from his two solo shows at the LTG Art Gallery and Nitanjali Art Gallery in New Delhi, he has been honoured with many awards and has actively participated in many dual and group shows in India and abroad. His dual shows have been exhibited at Jehangir Art Gallery (1991) and Taj art gallery (1995) in Mumbai, LTG Art gallery, New Delhi (1996), Birla academy of Art and culture, Kolkata (2003). Notable group exhibitions include India International exhibition (1996), Harmony organized by Reliance Industries Ltd, Mumbai (2002-2009), Drops from the Ocean, Gandhi Memorial Center Library, Washington DC (2007) and most recently Through the Looking Glass and Retelling Stories show, Art Pilgrim gallery, New Delhi. (2016-2018).
His training in traditional Indian miniature painting and his interest in mythology is reflected in his artworks. He writes “At present, the content of my paintings derives from renowned mythological books, such as the Shreemad Bhagwat Gita, the Sukh-Sagar, the Kabir Bani, and other references. I strive to render their universal value and philosophy in modern compositions using Indian traditional miniature painting techniques, colour and brushes. During the process of creating these oeuvres, the philosophy of omnipresent meaning becomes apparent. Such truth gives me a quiet peace of mind and eternal pleasure. Furthermore, my chosen mode of painting grants me great passion.”