About the artist
A painter, sculptor and lithographer Sakti Burman was born in 1935. He first studied at Government College of Art, Calcutta and later at Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris where he continued to stay after completing his programme. Often exploring fantasy and fable, Burman brings together the feel of Italian Renaissance frescoes and Ajanta cave paintings. Birds and animals, dream imagery and mythological figures such as Shiva’s son Kartikeya, alluded to as a peacock-riding man, are frequent occurrences. His own memories and dreams also play a vital role in his works. In fact Burmans life and his artworks form a beautiful bridge between the cultures of India and France. Sakti Burman 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 fresco-like dreamy feel in his works. ‘Burman’s art celebrates the condition of being transcultural and transhistorical, the condition of being at home in diverse times and places. His work expands our sense of how we might approach the question of location and belonging. Burman spells out his paintings as fictions and allegories, which serve him in a clarificatory as well as a predictive capacity. They register his trajectory through life, as he has redefined himself to meet the stimulations and promptings of changing context.’
The artist has had many solo and group participation with major galleries in India and across the world, shows that have won him acclaim and accolades globally. In 2017, his major retrospective, “In The Presence of Another Sky “curated by Ranjit Hoskote was held at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai , A few major solo shows: took place in 2012 and 2011 held at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi , Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, and Dakshina Chitra, Chennai, ,and Maison de I’Unesco, in 2008. He has been conferred with many prestigious awards: the Government of France conferred on him the country’s highest civilian honour, the knighthood of the Legion d’ Honneur., 2016, Prix des Estrangers, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Medaille d’Argent au Salon de Montmorency, amongst many others. His artworks are in important museums and private collections across the globe.
Sakti Burman lives in Paris with his wife Maite Delteil, who is an equally important artist. They commute between their three homes, in Paris, Anthe and New Delhi.