Madan Lal, the artist based out of Chandigarh is the recipient of the National Award by the National Lalit Kala Akademi, Ministry of culture, Govt. of India (2016), Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi Sanmaan, 2019 and several other prestigious awards. He served as the honorary vice-chairman of the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi (2012-2018), honorary secretary Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi (2003-2006) and Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi (2000-2003). He has also worked as assistant director design (textile) in the Institute of design for Handicrafts, Punjab, Chandigarh (1990-2011), assistant professor at Northern Indian Institute of Fashion Technology, Mohali, Punjab (2011-2015), assistant director design (textile) with Department of Industries and Commerce, Govt. of Punjab, (2015-2019). He has participated and organized more than 50+ solo, national and international exhibitions.
Madan’s anthropomorphic images, part human, part animal are employed deftly to paint the emotional-scape of human beings and the complexity of man-woman relationships. Eroticism too is a recurring thread. Chandigarh’s landscape, surroundings, architecture, has also inspired many of Madan Lal’s series of works, as he constantly explores new ways to express through his art. Drawing remains Madan Lal’s first passion, as he creates hundreds of sketchbooks, which also contain his poetry and tells many stories, as he embarks on new artistic journeys.