Sunil Das was born in 1939 in Kolkata. He studied at the Government College of Arts and Craft, Calcutta. He also won the French Government Scholarship to study at the Ecole National des Beaux Arts in 1960. He has 50 solo shows to his credit. The artist has participated in several exhibitions in India and abroad. His works have been included in the Biennales of Paris, Dacca, and Tokyo.
He has served as Commissioner to the Sao Paulo Biennale and was member of the jury of the Pfix des Etrangeres, Paris. Sunil Das received National Award ( the Shiromani Kala Puraskar ) in 1959. Infact, he has the distinction of being the only Indian artist to have won a National Award, while still an undergraduate at the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata. His works hold an important place in several collections in India as well as abroad.
Sunil is another artist who has always had great control over his lines. Even though today he is best known for his bulls, his faces as well as other animals and human forms are par excellence making him one of the most sought after artists in his generation.
He is regarded as one of India’s most important post modernist painters who rose to prominence with his drawings of horses.
The artist passed away in 2015.
1961-63 Ecole Nationale Superieure, Paris (On a French Government Scholarship)
1961-63 Research in Fresco and Mosaic under Monsieur Chapelain-Midy and Monsieur J. Aujame, Paris
1961-63 Studied Graphic Art under William Hayter and Krishna Reddy
1961-63 Research in Painting, Atelier Julian and Atelier 17, Paris
1954-59 Diploma in Painting, Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2011 'Beware /Be-Aware', Gallery Kolkata, Kolkata
2008 'Endless Night', Ganges Art, Kolkata
2005-06 ‘Art Moves – Works by Sunil Das’, organized by Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Park Hotel, Kolkata and Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2005 ‘Horses…and Bulls – Paintings on Canvas and Paper by Sunil Das’, Jamaat, Mumbai
2003 ‘Sunil Das in Retrospect 1957-2003’,. ITC Sonar Bangla Art Gallery, Kolkata
2001 ‘Drawings – Bulls and Horses’, Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi
2000 Art Heritage, New Delhi
1999-2000 ‘Old Works by Sunil Das’, Gallery Om, New Delhi
1999 ‘Drawings and Collages’, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
1999 ‘Paintings’, ABC Academy of Art and Culture
1999 San Francisco, USA and Gajah Gallery, Singapore
1998 Gallery Mohanjeet, Paris
1997 The Village Gallery, New Delhi
1997 ‘Paintings and Water Colors’, Art Today, New Delhi
1996 British Council, Kolkata
1995-96 ‘Many Faces of Sunil Das’, Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi
1995-96 ‘Exhibition of Paintings by Sunil Das’, Gallery ABC, Varanasi
1995 ‘Drawing Installations’, Village Gallery, New Delhi.
1994 ‘Recent Drawings’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
1991 Centre Art Gallery, Kolkata
1990 Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi.
1988 ‘Drawings’, Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata
1986 ‘Trends in Bengal Art’, Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi.
1984 ‘Confrontations’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay.
1983 ‘Paintings and Drawings’, Max Muller Bhavan, Kolkata
1976-78 ‘Retrospective’, Kuala Lumpur, Basel and New York
1976-78 ‘Exhibitions in Basel, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and New York
1976 Retrospective, Kolkata
1975 Pioker Gallery, Hamilton, New York
1975 Max Muller Bhavan, Kolkata
1972 ‘Rourkela’, Max Mueller Bhavan.
1972 ‘Musafir’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture and USIS Auditorium, Kolkata
1971 Heidelburg, Germany.
1971 Private Residence, Kolkata
1971 Max Muller Bhavan, Kolkata
1970 Gallery Unique, Kolkata
1970 Gallery Chemould, Kolkata
1969 ‘Recent Works’, Indo - American Society, Kolkata
1968 Private Residence, Kolkata
1968 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1968 Max Muller Bhavan, Kolkata
1967 Private Residence, Kolkata
1967 Calcutta Information Centre, Kolkata
1967 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1966 Gallery Priyadarshini, Kolkata
1966 Gallery Chemould, Kolkata
1966 Retrospective, Kolkata
1965 Red Fort, New Delhi.
1965 Gallery Dhoomimal, New Delhi.
1965 ‘Recent Drawings and Water Colors’, Gallery Kunika Chemould, New Delhi.
1965 Gallery Arts and Prints, Kolkata
1964 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi.
1963 Gallery Maison Des Beaux Arts, Paris.
1962 Gallery Foyer Des Artists, Paris.
1962 Gallery Jean Lafond, France.
1961 Club De Quatre Vents, Gallery Dean la Found, Paris. 1959 Artist House, Kolkata
1958 Assam Cotton College, Guwahati
Selected Group Exhibitions
2012-13 'Calcutta Chromosome', The Viewing Room, Mumbai
2011 'The Aviary', Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata
2010 'The Living Insignia', Gallery Ensign, New Delhi
2010 'Image and Symbol: Painters Perception', Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata
1998 ‘Fifty Years of Independence’, Apparao Galleries, Chennai, Gallery Martini, Hong Kong
1998 ‘Tribute to Mother Teresa’, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
1998 ‘The Master for Child’, organized by Ashraya, Dubai, UAE
1997 ‘Small Format Contemporary Miniatures’, Apparao Galleries, Chennai
1997 ‘The Looking Self’, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai
1997 ‘Tryst with Destiny’, organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata and National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi
1997 Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
1997 ‘Within The Frame’, organized by Apparao Galleries, Chennai at New York, London, Hong Kong and New Delhi
1996 Bose Pacia Gallery, New York
1996 ‘Modern and Contemporary Indian Paintings: One Hundred Years’ Sotheby’s Auction, London
1995 ‘Art for CRY’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1995 Village Gallery, New Delhi
1994 ‘Landscape’, Gallery Gandhara, Kolkata
1994 ‘Contemporary Miniatures’, Centre for International modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
1994-95 ‘Imagined City’, Museum of Modern Art, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1993 ‘Wounds’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
1992 ‘East Meets West’, Oxford Gallery, New York
1992 ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Vadehra Art Gallery, Vadodara
1990 ‘Exhibition of Drawings by Seven Artists’, Gallerie Ganesha, Kolkata
1990 ‘Bengal Art Today’, Galerie 88, Kolkata
1990 ‘Calcutta 300 – Through the Eyes of Painters’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1990 ‘Contemporary Art of India’, Glenbarra Art Museum, Hemeji, Japan
1990 ‘Journey’s within a Landscape’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1990 ‘Dream of Calcutta’, Alliance Francaise, Kolkata
1990 ‘Contemporary Artist’s of India’, Gallery Art and Data, Germany
1990 ‘Sunil and Robert Max’, Central Gallery of Fine Arts, New York
1990 ‘Reflection and Image’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1986 Zeitgenonssissche Indiseme Malerie, Germany
1983 Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata
1979-81 ‘Contemporary Indian Painting’, Kala Yatra, Chennai
1976-78 Society of Contemporary Artists, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1976-77 Society of Contemporary Artists, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1976 Max Muller Bhavan, Kolkata
1975 Hilton Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
1975 Max Muller Bhavan, Bangalore
1975 Society of Contemporary Artists, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1974 Sarala Art Centre.
1974 Max Muller Bhavan, Kolkata
1973-75 Everson Museum, New York
1973-75 Francophile Painters, Kolkata
1972 USIS Auditorium, Kolkata
1970-72 Indiche Kunst der Gegnwant, Gallery Coray, Zurich, Switzerland
1970 Society of Contemporary Artists, New Delhi
1970 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1969 ‘Indian Painters 69’, Max Muller Bhavan, Kolkata
1968 Society of Contemporary Artists, Santiniketan
1968 International Inter-Fauna Art Exhibition, Hunting Museum, Düsseldorf, Germany
1967-69 Kolkata, Mumbai and Santiniketan
1967 ‘Progressive Painters Association’, Chennai
1967 Calcutta Information Centre; Society of Contemporary Artists; Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1966 German Social Centre, Rourkela
1966 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1965 ‘Indian Contemporaries’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1965 Gallery Kunika-Chemould, New Delhi
1965 Bombay Art Festival, Mumbai
1964 Society of Contemporary Artists, New Delhi and Mumbai
1964 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
1963 Prix de Dome, Paris
1963 Exposition Prix des Peintures, Etrangeres, Paris
1963 Gallery Maison des Beaux Arts, Paris
1962 Gallery Tedsco, Paris
1962 Maison de Ministere des Affaires, Etrangeres, Paris
1962 Salon De La Jeune Peinture, Paris
1961 Society of Contemporary Artists, Kolkata
1961 Gallery Tedsco, Paris 1961 Salon De La Jeune Peinture, Paris
1960 Society of Contemporary Artists, Kolkata and Mumbai
1958-66 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delh
2011 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010 ‘Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
1999 Annual Exhibition, 32nd Anniversary of Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1989 20th International Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil
1989 International Biennale, Havana, Cuba
1989 Festival of Japan, Tokyo
1989 International Triennale, New Delhi
1984-86 Tokyo Biennale, Japan
1982 5th International Triennale, India
1971 2nd International Triennale, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1971 ‘Man and his World’, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi at India Pavilion, Montreal, Canada
1964-66 National Exhibition, New Delhi
1962 Biennale de Prix, Paris
1961 Biennale de Prix, Paris
1959-80 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1955-90 Award Winners Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
Honours and Awards
2008 Taj Ratna Award
1991 Shrimoni Award, Kolkata
1989 Commissioner Sao Paulo, Biennale, Brazil.
1983 Commissioner Triennale, India.
1982 Jury of National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1978 National Award.
1975 Member of General Council Lalit Kala Academy
1967 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi.
1966 Jury Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
1962 Member de la Societe des Amis de Muses Nationale d’Art Moderne, Paris.
1960 Award from the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata
1960 Hyderabad Art Society, Hyderabad.
1960 Academy of Fine Art, Kolkata
1960 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi.
1960 Jury Hyderabad Art Society, Hyderabad.
1960 Gold Medal, Calcutta University, Kolkata
1960 French Government Scholarship
1960 Bombay Art Society, Mumbai
1960 Mysore Dasara Exhibition, Mysore.
1959 Gold Medal, Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata
1959 National Award, New Delhi.Back to Artists View Artworks of Sunil Das