Born in 1919, Lain Singh Bangdel, or Lain Bangdel (Rai), is best known as the ‘father of modern Nepali art.’ He was one of Nepal’s foremost artist, novelist, and art historian and introduced Western art trends to Nepal. He graduated from the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Calcutta with a first-class degree in Fine Arts. In 1952, he studied art at Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, where he spent his formative year. There he was influenced by artists like Paritosh Sen, Padamsee, the Indonesian artist Affandi and Austrian artist Soshana Afroyim. His meetings with Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque had a lasting impression on him and upon his work.