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  • Sakti Burman
    Born : 1935 Kolkata
    Education : 1956 Government College of Arts and Crafts in Kolkata and the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts, Paris
    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 feel, referencing multiplicities of time and place. His art drew extensively from Hindu and European mythology, as well as from the artist’s own memories. Suggesting surrealism, his paintings are populated by humans, animals and cityscapes that are dreamlike in appearance. 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.
    Burman has participated in several shows, some of the most recent including The Beholder’s Share by Jehangir Art Gallery and Art Musings in Mumbai in 2016; A Private Universe by Art Alive Gallery in New Delhi in 2015; Rituals and Reasons: Invoking the Sensual in Art, at Apparao Galleries in Chennai in 2014; The Wonder of it All, a retrospective exhibition by Pundole Art Gallery and Apparao Galleries in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai in 2012, Archetype and Enraputured Gaze at Aicon Gallery in London and New York in 2009; Faces of Indian Art organised by Art Alive at the Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi; Understanding Oneness in Diversity at Kitab Mahal, Mumbai; An Evening in Paris …Rome…London at Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata; and Resonance organised by Art Musings at Museum Gallery, Mumbai, all in 2007. Burman was awarded the Medaille d’Argent au Salon de Montmorency and the Prix des Etrangers, École des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1956.
    Sakti Burman lives and works in Paris.
    Exhibitions
    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 1964 Chemould, 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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