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Signed 'SAKTI BURMAN' (lower right)

Saffronart / Lot 39 / Modern Evening Sale / Online auction / February / 2015

'Sakti is a pilgrim of complex allegiances: in his deceptively buoyant and pleasurable paintings, we may discern the perennial, the ongoing, the never-to-be-resolved but immensely productive dialogue of Here and There, Was and Not-yet, Self and Other. Indeed, these categories break down in the face of his work, because Sakti does not treat any identity as static: his protagonists define themselves in the flux of their engagement with one another [...] What the pilgrim proposes, for us, is the image of a universe that is churning with contradictions, ambivalences, multiplicities - a universe that is never still, that is never assured of that stillness beyond change which, the idealist philosophers insist, lies beyond the agitation of appearance.' (Ranjit Hoskote, Sakti Burman: Recent Work, Exhibition catalogue, Pundole Art Gallery / Apparao Galleries, 2006)

Sakti Burman

(b. 1935)
Born in Kolkata, Sakti Burman graduated from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata, in 1956 and then went on to study at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, where, in 1956, he won the Prix des Etrangers. Some of the most recent solo shows of his work include a retrospective at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, and DakshinaChitra, Chennai, in 2012; at Apparao Galleries, Chennai in 2011; Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2011, 2006, 2001, 1990, 1988, 1977, 1970 and 1967; Aicon Gallery, London and New York, in 2009; Art Musings, Mumbai, in 2009; and Maison de I’Unesco, in 2008. Burman’s works have also been featured at Saffronart’s exhibitions in Los Angeles in 2001 and in New York in 2002; at the Rand Palais, Paris, in 1975 and 1994; and at the French Biennales in 1963, 1965 and 1967. The artist lives and works in Paris.