Sakti Burman


One of India’s most distinguished artists, Sakti Burman (born 1935) was educated in Kolkata and Paris. Sakti Burman graduated from the Calcutta College of Art and Crafts in 1956. He studied at L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, visiting Italy frequently and becoming inspired by the artworks of the Renaissance period. Primarily Sakti Burman is known as a painter and his works evoke the look of a weathered fresco. Burman uses a marbling effect, achieved by blending oils with acrylics, and employs pointillism to apply paint. His sculptural works are almost three-dimensional translations of his paintings. Inspiration comes from myriad sources – from the Ajanta caves to Italian Renaissance frescos. The works have a lyrical quality, creating a world of fantasy, fable and poetic harmony. The bronze sculptures have a sensuous languid fluidity. Over the years, he has had exhibitions in London, Iran, Moscow, Leningrad, Belfast and Yokohama. His retrospective in India, In The Presence of Another Sky, 2017, was held at the prestigious National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai, presented by Art Musings, Mumbai. Sakti Burman’s works are in an important museum and private collections across the globe. His paintings and sculptures form a beautiful bridge between the cultures of India and France. In 2016, the Government of France conferred on him the country’s highest civilian honour, the knighthood of the Legion d’ Honneur. The artist lives and works in Paris.