He was born in 1937 in Kolkata, and received his Diploma in Fine Arts from the College of Arts and Crafts in the same city.
Kartik Pyne was taken up by the aesthetics of the post cubistic European idiom. Artists like Fernand Leger, Marcel Duchamp and Joan Miro inspired him, and he was one of the few Indian painters who in breaking away from tradition, demonstrated that the Indian art scene at that time was stagnating and its products redundant. ." Pyne was concerned with the spiritual, and in his trademark canvases we see an almost automatic outpouring of all that he is feeling. He chooses his colours not on the basis of their visual appeal, but by what they mean to him. The random and surreal elements in his works are all rooted in his own perception of the world and its people. He is famous for his “free form images.” Pyne, who is the elder brother of renowned modernist Ganesh Pyne, has held several solo shows in India and he has participated in several exhibitions internationally, including '100 Years of Modern Indian Art' held in the Fukuoka Museum, Japan in 1979 and the exhibition of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in Bangladesh, held in 1992. The artist lives and works in Kolkata.