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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.

 

Education  

  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  

Exhibitions  

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

Participations  

  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.

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