Jose Ruiz

French Designer who has known Sen in his artistic domain since 1979.

Always rupture Sen my friend is a designer, strategy consultant, lecturer, writer, musician, singer, traveler, but above all, he is a painter! Our first meeting in Paris in 1978 was for a professional purpose. I was interviewing him for the position of art director in the design company I was working in. I was touched by Sen’s uniqueness and charisma.

Our relationship soon turned to friendship. He made me discover another facet of his personality, that his curiosity was continuous and insatiable. He wanted to learn everything about the French society that he had dreamt so much about.

I tried to answer his eclectic curiosity. It was a difficult task at that time when Google did not exist. The subjects of his questioning ranged from classical music, jazz rock, pop, politics, painting, cooking. 

His love for painting and different art forms has guided him throughout his life as a lucky star. This book shows us the point of perfection of his work imbued with wisdom and serenity, sometimes turbulent, but always colorful and bright, bringing out an authentic vital force.

This is entirely the personality of the artist as a man: generous, sentimental, humanist, an insatiable curiosity and a relentless vision, he can be uncompromising.

Always looking for new experiences, new challenges, he absorbs life with generosity and insolence to make it rebound on his canvases. The gesture is his freedom. Gestures of liberty fly fast over his paintings with the precision of ideas.

Beauty is his absolute stroke, beauty of the female body, the beautiful face, beauty of the horse as a symbol of grace, power, freedom and beauty of a new world.

And then of course beauty and the magic of colors coexist, intersect, overlap on his colour palette to skillfully compose his paintings. Creation is his reason for living. His ongoing research on the most liberated expression of the spirit is the quest of his life, which he calls “Gesturism.”

This book opens up the soul of Sen as he is: impetuous, solar, tireless.


When India was partitioned 1947 to create Pakistan, a new country for Muslims, about 20 million people of Bengal and Punjab were displaced and brutally victimized. Sen’s wealthy, literate family had huge landed property in erstwhile East Bengal, the present Bangladesh, which was carved out to be East Pakistan for Muslims. So for being Hindus Sen’s family was overnight evicted from their home. Without taking any possessions, they fled for their lives amidst people warring over religion, and so became squatted refugees in West Bengal.