Alok Bal: Born 1969 in Orissa, Bal Complete his Bachelor of Fine Arts and his Post Graduate Diploma in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University Baroda. He has participated in several shows that include those held at Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata Sarjan Art Gallery & Bayer ABS Gallery, Baroda Vadhera Art Gallery New Delhi Tao Art Gallery & Jehangir Art Gallery Mumbai and the Lalit Kala Academy Gujrat & Orissa. He was awarded the Government National Scholarship in 1998 and was selected Artist of the Month for Saffron Art in May 2006. His works are housed in various private collections in India and abroad. A recurrent theme in Bal\'s works is his quirky take on life in a metropolis and his disillusionment with it. He lives and works in Baroda.