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Profile of Sakti Burman
 

Born in 1935, Kolkata, Sakti Burman did his graduation in painting from Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata in 1956. He went on to study at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris and was awarded with the Prix des Etrangers by this institution. Sakti Burman's paintings evoke the look of a weathered fresco, depicting figures in hues that the viewer feels were once vivid, but are now faded. They transport one into their dream-like worlds, where the perspective and composition is often that of medieval icons. In his works realism merges a lot with surrealism. On Burman's canvases, one finds mythical creatures that tell ancient tales of courtly romances, bringing alive an enchanting world of comely maidens, children astride elephants, flutists, fruit laden trees, exotic flowers, birds and beasts; a lost paradise, where all creatures dwell in peace. 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. He was invited to participate in Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, an exhibition organised by University Art Museum, Binghamton, New York, at the Historisches Museum, Vienna in 2000. Several publications and illustrations have been released on his works including a book on his work and life - Sakti Burman - Dreamers on the Ark has been published in 2001 and the most recently released is the portfolio of Monographs by Lalit Kala Akademi, 2007. He lives and works in Paris.



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