Jogen Chowdhury was born in a village near Kotaliparha at Faridpur district at what is now Bangladesh in 1939. The family moved to Calcutta in 1947 following the Partition of Bengal. Chowdhury entered the Government College of Art and Crafts in 1955 and graduated from the college in 1960. Besides his numerous activities, Chowdhury has written extensively on contemporary art.
Always a powerful artist, Chowdhury developed his individual style after his return from France in the late '60s. Although Chowdhury has painted oils, his forte is painting in ink, water color and pastel. The sinuous line contouring the flaccid figures, the crosshatching to achieve tonal variations distinguish Chowdhury's paintings which show men and women m enigmatic situations with provocative gestures placed in a dark dream- space. There is a bit of the theatre of the absurd.