Ramakanta Samantaray was born and brought up in a coastal village of Odisha. He has studied Painting from B.K.College of Art & Craft, Bhubaneswar, then went on to complete his Masters in Oriya Literature and Language from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar and became a Ph.D holder in 2004 from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. With this combination of Literature, Language and Fine Art he has been constantly working to create visual novels. He is a recipient of many awards for his short stories and has also received Junior Research Fellowship from UGC, New Delhi, Travel Grant from Sahitya Academi, New Delhi. Samantaray has published as many as thirteen book, has also a solo show titled “INSIDE-OUTSIDE” and many group shows in major gallery of New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.