After getting a degree in biochemistry, Sarnath Banerjee received an MA in Image and communication from Goldsmiths College.
He wrote graphic novels, corridor, published by Penguin (India) and Vertige Graphics (France), 2004 and Barn Owl’s Wondrous Capers, on the scandals of 18th century Calcutta by Penguin (India) and Denoel (France), 2007.
He has received several fellowships, such as the MacArthur, Indian foundation for the Arts, Charles Wallace trust award, Egide bursary in Paris. He has been as a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart and the Institute of Advanced studies, Budapest.
His drawings and videos have been exhibited at the museum Fondazione Sandretto re rebaudengo, Torino, 2006, IfA gallery Stuttgart, 2006, IFA gallery Berlin, 2005, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London June 2003, Oxo tower, Barge House, London July 2003, Karton Gellery, Budapest, 2007, Kunstmuseum Bern, 2007, Project 88, Bombay, Khoj Live Arts, 2008, Mori Museum, 2008, Arco show, Madrid 2009.
He participated at the Sao Paolo Bienal in 2008 and is participating this year at the Frieze Art Fair, with a solo booth.
His films have fetched awards, such as Digital film festival in Delhi and Mocha film award, Bombay.
Sarnath Banerjee runs a publishing house, Phantomville, which exclusively publishes graphic novels. He has co-published The believers and Kashmir Pending.
He has received the young publisher award, 2008, by the British Council.
"Just when Kant's formulation that 'the public exercise of reason should be free' had begun to seem so remote and exhausted, the Battle should reinforce one's faith in the enduring worth of dissent and of the free traffic in ideas"
Swapan Chakravorty, professor of english, Jadavpur University