Alok Bal (b. 1969, Orissa) completed his B.Com in 1989, followed by BFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda in 1998 and his Post Diploma in Painting, also from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda in 2001. In 1998, he won the National Scholarship from the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Alok Bal's water colours are rendered skilfully with serene colours and realistic motifs from everyday life. His passion for football has been a constant theme in his works which is also connected with memories of an accident, and subsequent reconciliation. His themes range from urbanisation, development, and concerns for the environment. The artist has held many solo exhibitions and has been part of several group shows in India and abroad. The artist lives and works in Baroda.