Sutapa was born and brought up in Kolkata. However, growing up, she remained uninfluenced by the mechanical urban culture of the city.The thick population though, inspired in her an affinity to humanity, a love for nature, and its creatures. She finally joined Santiniketan Kala Bhavan at Visva Bharati. The natural beauty, the flora and fauna of the region, created a strong and lasting impact in her mind.
This greatly influenced and enabled her to create her style of expression. The human figure (particularly women) dominates her paintings. The expressions in her paintings are painstakingly detailed and she relies on them as well as interesting application of colors to unveil different moods. An extremely gifted figurative artist, Sutapa works and lives in Kolkata.