De began his career rather unconventionally, eschewing colour and working on charcoal to convey his experiences on to canvas. "I channelled my energies into artistic expressions and learnt the right to swim against the tide. I honed my skills at art colleges, drawing inspiration from my childhood memories, which had left an indelible mark," says De.
On his art, De believes: "Life has left its impressions, and these are portrayed in my drawings. I am still learning and will continue to do so. For this, I am thankful to all those ,
Born in Calcutta, De studied art at the city's Government College of Arts and Crafts. Thereafter, he moved on to Mumbai to complete his post-graduation from the Sir J J School of Art.
Ajay De lives and works in Mumbai, and has exhibited extensively in Mumbai, Bangalore and Calcutta.