A Divine Deity

by Sanatan Dinda
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Medium: Soft Pastel on Paper
Year: 2015
Size: 19 x 13 inches


Based on the Buddha in a meditation pose, cracks highlighting the three-dimensional sculptural feel and rose petals symbolizing the veneration of the devotee, this is an outstanding composition lit up by a soft glow. It's a signature work by the versatile artist.


  • ABOUT Sanatan Dinda

    Born in 1971, Sanatan Dinda is a first class graduate in painting from the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Kolkata. Equally deft at painting, drawing, sculptures, mural making and installations, Sanatan’s work adorns an illusionary and spiritual tone. Keen on experimentation, his imagery includes ordinary men and women as well as Buddha and other icons that comes in layers with foliage, calligraphy and other markings in the background adding to their visual appeal. Though currently preoccupied with three dimensional sculptural paintings of figures that transcend the two dimensional limitations of a canvas, his earlier work appeared more in abstraction and landscape format.

    In his short career span, Sanatan has received many awards starting with inter college competitions to the prestigious Birla Academy award. His work has been shown all over India as well an in the US, Singapore, Dubai and London. Sculpture being his forte, he has been able to incorporate figures standing in relief from his beautifully executed canvases. He infuses his characters with a three dimensional quality, which transcends the medium of an otherwise flat canvas, the deep cracks symbolising the harsh realities of life. He has exhibited extensively in India and internationally, in both group and solo shows and is now renowned for his skill in body-painting which is executed live.

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