Sunil Das

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Sunil Das
Born(1939-08-04)4 August 1939
Died10 August 2015(2015-08-10) (aged 76)
EducationGovernment College of Art & Craft, Kolkata
École des Beaux-Arts, Paris
Known forPainting, Drawing
AwardsPadma Shri
National Award, 1978

Sunil Das (4 August 1939 – 10 August 2015) was an Indian expressionist painter.[1][2] He is known for the paintings in his Bull Series and his piece "Woman".[3]

In 2014 the Government of India conferred upon him its fourth-highest civilian award, the Padma Shri.[4]

Early life and background[edit]

Sunil Das was born in Calcutta, India.

He joined the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata in 1955, then won a French Government Scholarship to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He died in 2015.[5]


Das joined Government of India's Handloom division, Ministry of Textiles..

He was inspired by the force and the strength of the moving horse and went on to create a work made out of charcoal titled- Horses in Motion. His works revolved around Man-Woman relationships, Woman in her sexual empowerment and In her loneliness.[6] He had around 88 solo exhibitions across the world including having his work included in the Paris Biennale.

He was the founding member of the Society of Contemporary Artists.


  • Bull series
  • A woman in her failings (oil on canvas)
  • Horse series (charcoal) [7]


  1. ^ "Indian Expressionist Painter Sunil Das Dies at 76". 21 August 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Female vision". Indian Express. 6 March 2000. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Postmodern artist Sunil Das passes away at 76 : FYI, News - India Today". Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Sunil Das: Contemporary Indian Artist". Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Personality : Of horses, bulls and life itself". The Hindu. 14 January 2006. Archived from the original on 7 August 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2014.

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