Paresh Maity was born in 1965, Tamluk - a small town in West Bengal - of great antiquity with a remarkable heritage of terracotta art. While in school he made clay images of gods and goddesses and sold them to earn money for his education. He started painting water-colours of river scenes while still at school and then in oils. He mastered the technique of oil painting at Government College of Art, Kolkata. His single minded determination to acquire formal training paid off when he came to Delhi to join the Delhi College of Art.