Sakti Burman was born in 1935 and studied at Government College of Art, Calcutta. He further studied at Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris where he continued staying after his programme. A painter and lithographer, He was inspired by European art and fables like Italian Renaissance frescoes. Hinduism and India continues to be an inspiration with imagery from mythology and epics like the Ajanta mural paintings. Mythological narratives like Noah’s Ark, birds, animals, gods and goddesses are seen often in his work including his family members of himself. His own memories and dreams also play a vital role in his works.
He is known for his marbling technique it was an effect he developed after water spilt on his canvas causing the dispersal of oil; thereby creating a frecsco-like dreamy feeling in his works.
Burman has exhibited widely in India, Paris and the rest of the world. Burman was awarded the Medaille d’Argent au Salon de Montmorency and the Prix des Etrangers, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1956. He lives and works in Paris.
Supported by Art Musings Artist Sakti Burman, talks to cultural theorist, Ranjit Hoskote about his art practice and his unique world of fantasy, fable and myth. Sakti Burman has embraced two cultures and created from them his own unique world…MORE DETAILS