Born in Rourkela in Orissa, 45-year-old Bal spent his childhood in the midst of nature, surrounded by hills, dense forests, vast cultivated lands and fertile riverbeds, very different from the harsh realities of a big city. When he moved to the bustling city of Vadodara to study art at MS University, the contrast baffled him. From his studio on the 10th floor of an apartment complex, he witnessed the changing Vadodara skyline, an endless sea of tenements against a polluted sky.

Alok Bal’s works represent man’s innate instinct to dominate nature, for instance man’s desire to trim trees to look like lollipops, planting flowering shrubs around fountains. Bal use irony and skill to express his fascination and disillusionment with life in a metropolis. While Bal’s art represents man’s instinct to dominate nature, he uses both irony and skill to express his fascination and disillusionment with life in a metropolis.