Jayashree Chakravarty was born in Khoai, Tripura in 1956. She graduated in Fine Arts from Viswa Bharati in the sprawling natural environs of Santiniketan, and then obtained a postgraduate diploma from the MS University of Baroda, where she was exposed to an urban sensibility. In the formative years of practice, she was an artist in residence at Aix en Provence from 1993-95.
Chakrabarty’s installations in the form of paper scrolls using an exciting variety of organic materials and media such as rice paper, tissue and cellophane, remain unique in their conception and execution. Her works are autobiographical in nature. Her ink on paper sketches are exercises in transition and transform personal experience into mystical truth.
She received the Gujarat Lalit Kala Akademi Award and the Second Bharat Bhavan Biennale Award in 1988. She has also been honoured with Bombay Art Society Award, Mumbai (1980) and Honourable Mention Award, Asian Art Biennial, Dhaka, Bangladesh (1997) to name a few. The artist lives and works in Kolkata.