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One of India’s finest contemporary artists, Sakti Burman is a painter, sculptor and lithographer. His paintings are a tapestry of mythic and fantasy content and rich colours. Born in Kolkata in 1935, Sakti Burman studied at the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata, and later at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris.

Burman uses pointillism and a marbling technique achieved by blending oils with acrylics to create fresco-like works on paper and canvas.  Burman’s paintings often evoke a surrealist universe, with its unique imagery drawn extensively from Hindu and European mythology as well as from the private reservoir of artist’s own memories. Populated by humans, animals and cityscapes that have a dream-like element to them, Sakti Burman’s paintings are fine specimens of surrealism. His defining oeuvre owes largely to his technique of marbling, which he arrived at after years of experimentation. Burman travelled to Italy in 1958 and his encounter with the frescoes of Giotto, Piero de la Francesca and Simone Martini inspired him to assimilate their monumentality and textures in his works. The artist had his first solo exhibition in 1954 in Kolkata, and has since exhibited widely across the world including at venues like the Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Paris; Piccadilly Gallery, London; Galerie Doucet et Coutureau, Paris; Galleria Nuovo Sagittario, Milan; and Galerie Sagar, Zurich.

 

Education

  1956 Government College of Arts and Crafts in Kolkata and the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  2016 'The Beholder’s Share', Jehangir Art Gallery and Art Musings, Mumbai

  2015 'Sakti Burman 60's - 80's: The Divine Desire Paintings of Sakti Burman, Aakriti Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2015 'A Private Universe;, presented by Art Alive Gallery at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2012 'Linear Extensions', Akar Prakar, Kolkata

  2012 'The Wonder of it All', Retrospective Exhibition presented by Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai and Apparao Galleries, Chennai at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata; Dakshina Chitra, Chennai

  2011 'Yesterday Once Again', Apparao Galleries, Chennai

  2011 'Pages From a Sketch Book', Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2010 Exhibition of Serigraphs, organized by the Serigraph Studio at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi; Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai; Apparao Galleries, Chennai; Sumukha Art Gallery, Bangalore

  2009 'Archetype', Aicon Gallery, London

  2009 'Encaptured Gaze', Aicon Gallery, New York

  2009 'Encaptured Gaze', Jehangir Art Gallery; Art Musings, Mumbai in association with Aicon Gallery

  2008 'Encaptured Gaze', Art Alive, New Delhi

  2008 'Now and Then', Maison de l'Unesco, organized by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at Salles Miro, Paris

  2007 Visual Arts Gallery, Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2006 Organized by organized by Pundole Art Gallery and Apparao Galleries in Chennai and at Visual Arts Gallery, Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2006 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2005 ‘Retrospective’, organized by Apparao Galleries at Visual Arts Gallery, Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2002 Organized by Art Today, New Delhi and Pudole Art Gallery, Mumbai at Art Today, New Delhi

  2001 Organized by Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai and Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata at Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  2001 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1999 Organized by Apparao Galleries at Atlantic Gallery, New York

  1998 Salon d’ Automne, Paris, Espace Eiffel Branly

  1997 Organized by The Town Hall at Cloitre de la Dame Blanche, La Rochelle

  1997 Exhibitions organized by Ecole de Paris in Tokushima, Myazaki and Osaka

  1996 Exhibitions organized by Ecole de Paris at Wakayama and Sapporo

  1996 Organized by Apparao Galleries at Visual Art Center, Hong Kong

  1995 The Gallery (Apparao Galleries), Chennai

  1993 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1993 Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

  1992 Centre of Contemporary Art, New Delhi

  1992 ‘Hommage a Beaudelaire’, Galerie d’Art de la Place Beauvau, Paris

  1990 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1989 Semaine Culturelle Indienne, Eaubonne, Val d’Oise

  1989 Fondation Firmin Bauby, Perpignan

  1989 XX eme Salon Du Grenier a Sel, Orleans

  1988 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1988 Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

  1988 Sista Art Gallery, Bangalore

  1988 'Hommage a Rabindranath Tagore', Galerie d’ Art de la Place Beauvau, Paris

  1988 Galerie Presences, Bruxelles

  1986 Galerie Das Kunstabinett, Gogh, Allemagne

  1986 Hotel de ville de Clermont –Ferrand, France

  1986 Centre Culturel de la Ville d’ Agen

  1985 Galerie Schemes, Lille Centre Cultural de Saint Denis Maison de Van Gogh, Auvets-sur-Oise Galerie Untenburg, Zurich

  1984 Musee Denon, Chalon-sur-Saone, Galerie d’Art de la Place Beauvau, Paris

  1984 Kunsthandlung Osper, Cologne

  1983 Galerie Sagar, Zurich

  1982 'Contes et Legendes', Galerie d’Art de la Place Beauvau, Paris

  1982 Galleria Cecchini, Perugia

  1982 Galleria Lame, Bologna

  1981 Galerie de la Rue Ancienne, Geneva

  1980 Galerie de Bernardi, Aachen, Musee de Blois, Musee de Villeneuve-sur-Lot

  1979 Galerie Gerard Sauret, Libos

  1978 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1978 Chanakya Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1977 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1977 Kunika Chemould, New Delhi

  1975 Galerie de l’Hotel Meridien, Nice

  1974 Galerie Arts et Beaux-Arts de France, Paris

 1973 Galleria Nuovo Sagittario, Genoa

  1971 Galleria Nuovo Sagittario, Milan

  1970 Galerie Doucet et Coutureau, Paris

  1970 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1967 Piccadilly Gallery, London

  1967 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1965 Kunika Chemould, New Delhi

  1964 Scott and Faure Gallery, La Jolla, California

  1963 Galerie Saint Placide, Paris

  1962 Ashoka Gallery, Kolkata

  1962 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

  1961 Piccadilly Gallery, London

  1958 Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Paris

  1956 Ecole des Beaux- Arts, France

  1954 Art and Industry, Kolkata

Selected Group Exhibitions

  2014 'Rituals and Reasons: Invoking the Sensual in Art', Apparao Galleries, Chennai

  2011-12 'Reprise 2011', Aicon Gallery, New York

  2011 'Aureus 2011', Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi

  2010 '10 x 10', Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

  2010 'Dali's Elephant', Aicon Gallery, London

  2010 'Besides Paris', Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  2010 'The Living Insignia', Gallery Ensign, New Delhi

  2010 'Modern Folk: The Folk Art Roots of the Modernist Avant-Garde', Aicon Gallery, New York

  2009 'Think Small', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

  2007 'Faces of Indian Art', organized by Art Alive at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2007 ‘Understanding Oneness in Diversity’, Kitab Mahal, Mumbai

  2007 ‘An Evening in Paris …Rome…London’, Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata

  2007 'Mirror', Gallery Nvya, New Delhi

  2007 'Resonance', organized by Art Musings at Museum Gallery, Mumbai

  2006 'Shadanga', organized by Gallerie Ganesha at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2006 ‘Sensuality, Perception and the Self’, Visual Arts Gallery, Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2006 'Making of Divinity', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2006 'Two 2 Tango', organized by Gallerie Nvya at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  2006 'The New Space', Art Space, Dubai

  2004 ‘Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings’ by Sakti Burman, Jayasri Burman, Maya Burman, Maite Delteil and Paresh Maity, organized by Visual Arts, London at Gallery 27, London

  2004 ‘Confluence 2004’, AICON Gallery, New York

  2004 'A Vision: Looking Back/ Looking Forward', Apparao Galleries, Chennai

  2004 'Indian Artist for France', organized by French Embassy at Alliance Francaise, New Delhi

  2003 'Works on Paper', organized by Gallery Threshold at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2003 ‘Mappings, Exciting New Links Between the Ancient Cultures of India and Egypt’, organized by Uttarayan, Baroda at Visual Art Gallery, India habitat Centre, New Delhi and Bayer ABS Limited Gallery, Vadodara

  2003 ‘Portraits of a Decade’, organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  2003 ‘Celebration of Color’, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery and The Times of India, Mumbai, New Delhi

  2003 ‘The Said and the Unsaid’, organized by The Committee of the Jehangir Art Gallery and Apparao Gallery, Mumbai

  2003 ‘Shanti Path’, Tao Gallery, Mumbai

  2003 'Master Strokes', Art Musings, Mumbai

  2003 'Fair and Furious', organized by Art Alive at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2003 'The Celebration of Color', Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi and Times of India, Mumbai

  2002 ‘Aspects of Modern Indian Painting’, New York organized by Saffronart and Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2002 ‘Return to Eden’, Art Musings, Mumbai

  2001 ‘Three Burman’, Sakti, Maite and Maya, Art Today, New Delhi

  2001 ‘Art of Bengal, Past and Present 1850-2000’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai and Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  2001 ‘Burman’, Sakti, Maite, Maya’, Mediatheque du Lamentin, La Martinique

  2001 ‘Indian Contemporary Art’, organized by Saffronart, Hongkong

  2001 ‘Indian Contemporary Fine Art’, organized by Saffronart in collaboration with Apparao Galleries, Los Angeles

  2001 ‘A Treasure Trove’, Paintings from B.K. Birla Family Collection, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  2000 Sigmund Freud’s ‘Interpretation of Dreams’, organized by University Art Museum, Birghamton, New York

  2000 Historisches Museum der Stadt Wien, Vienna

  2000 ‘Indian Art Through The Ages, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’, organized by Indian Fine Arts Society, Singapore

  2000 ‘The World Is Round And Time Is Cyclical’, Art Today, New Delhi

  2000 ‘Paradise Revisited’, Art Musings, Mumbai

  2000 ‘Shatabdi – Reflection on a Century Past’, organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  2000 Festival des Cinemas d’Asie, Salle des Ursulines, Vesoul

  2000 ‘Paper’, an exhibition of works on paper, The Terrace Garden, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

  2000 ‘The Family 3’, Sakti Burman, Maya Burman and Jayasri Burman, Apparao Galleries, Chennai

 1998 Christie’s Auction, Indian Contemporary Paintings, London

  1998 ‘Multimedia, Art of the 1900’s’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1998 ‘Within The Fame’, Apparao Galleries, Hongkong

  1998 ‘The Art of Charity’, Mumbai

  1997 Displayed along with works of Picasso, Chagall and Miro at Tokushima, Myazaki and Osaka, Japan

  1997 ‘Chamatkar: The Indian Metaphor’, organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata at Whitley’s Art Gallery, London

 1995 Christie’s Auction, Indian Contemporary paintings, London

  1995 ‘Autumn Exhibition’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata at All Indian Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

  1994 ‘Drawing 94’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  1993 ‘Helpage India’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1983 L’Art Fantastique, Musee de Belfort, France

  1981 Figuration Actuelle, Chateau des Hayes, France

  1980 Galerie Jean Marbach, Mulhouse

  1980 Galerie Schemes, Lille, France

  1980 Musee de Villeneuve – Sur- Lot, France

  1980 Musee de Blois, France

 1975 The Hermitage, Leningrad

  1975 Pouchkine Museum, Moscow

  1964Chemould,Kolkata

Participations

 

  2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2011 'Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', from the Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin at Museum Oglethorpe, Atlanta

  2011 'Resonance', Art Musings, Mumbai

  2011 'Celebrations 2011', Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  2010 'Art Celebrates 2010', represented by Gallerie Ganesha at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games

  2010 'Summer Show 2010', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  2010 'Evolve: 10th Anniversary Show', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2010 'Celebration 2010', Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2007 'Art Paris', Abu Dhabi

  2007 'India Art 2007', organized by International Institute of Fine Arts at House of Lords, London

  2007 Invited as 'Artist in Focus', at Harmony Show, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

  2007 ‘17th Anniversary Show’, Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata  2006 ‘17th Anniversary Group Show’, organized by Gallerie Ganesha at Gallerie Ganesha and The Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2006 'Harmony Show', Nehru Centre, Mumbai

  2005 'Harmony Show', Nehru Centre, Mumbai

  2005 'Spirit Set Free', Golden Jubilee Show, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  2003 Anniversary Exhibition, Art Musings, Mumbai

  2002 'Palette 2002', Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  1998 ‘Harmony Show’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

  1984 International Graphic Art Exhibition, New Delhi

  1982 V Internatinal Triennale, New Delhi

 

Honours and Awards

 

  Medaille d’argent au Salon de Montmorency

  1956 Prix des Etrangers, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris

  Prix de la ville de l’Isle-Adam Medaille d’or, Salon des Artistes Francais, Grand Palais, Paris

  Medaille arts, Science et Letters

  Medaille au Salon de Juvisy

  Invite d ’honneur, Colombes

  Invite d’honneur, Douai Invite d’honneur, sainte-Maxime

  Invite d’honneur, English Les Bains

  Invite d ’honneur, Delle

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