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Biman Bihari Das

I was fascinated when terracotta antiques were dug out by my father. There were flower pots, storage vessels and medals and dolls. There were also elephant heads and wheels similar to those of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa.”     – Biman Das
Born in 1943 in a small town in West Bengal, Biman Das studied at the Govt. College of Art & Craft, Calcutta. He later went on to do a teacher training and art appreciation degree from the Calcutta University in 1967. As a sculptor, he prefers to work with permanent materials like bronze, marble/stone and wood.
Biman has the ability to create magic with bronze which has helped him win various awards including the National Award from Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi and the Best Sculptor Award from Sahitya Kala Parishad. He has also received the British Council Scholarship under Prof Jeffrey in 1973, and a Fulbright fellowship in 1997. His contribution to art and sculpture has been substantial, and to acknowledge his contribution he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri from the Government of India in 2014.
“I have, therefore created works like Krishna, Buddha and other traditionally Indian icons and have transformed them into contemporary forms and motifs.”
Biman has held more than 40 solo exhibitions since 1968 both in India and important International Art Centers such as New York and Budapest. He has also recently held a 60-year retrospective with Art Pilgrim in Mumbai in 2014. He has been part of numerous group exhibitions and Biennales in India and abroad including Belgium, Seoul, Japan and Moscow.
His works are in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Lalit Kala, Govt. Museum of Modern Art, Chandigarh. He has been picked up by collectors for some time now and is a part of collections across the world. He has been commissioned to do bronze pieces in a large number of international locations that include Brazil, Venezuela, Spain and Italy.
The artist lives and work in both Delhi & Kolkata.