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ARTIST PROFILE

One of India's important post-modernist painters, Sunil Das rose to prominence with his drawing of horses. "I must have done 7000 horses during 1950 to 60s," he says. "In 1962, I went to Spain, where I was fascinated by the bull fights."

Talking about his art style, he says, "To express my authentic feelings about reality, I have to interpret it, I have conceptualise it. The previous reality gets transformed in the laboratory of minds. Then, I bring it out on the canvas."

Sunil Das was born on the 4th of August 1939 in Rajani Bhattacharjee lane, a place close to Kalighat in Kolkata. He had an inborn artistic talent and affinity towards art that enthused him to dream to be a painter. He took admission in Govt. College of Art & Craft, Kolkatain 1956, after finishing his school level education. Teachers were so deeply moved perceiving his genius in the admission test that Sunil was allowed to begin his class from the second year. And even as a student, he had such an extraordinary artistic ability that in 1959, Sunil was awarded by the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata and National Award by the Lalit Kala Akademi.

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