Maya Burman

Maya Burman, is the daughter of the well-known painter Shakti Burman. The striking thing about her paintings is the amount of detail in them. In formal terms Maya Burman`s paintings have a tapestry like effect where everything is subordinate to patterning, reminiscent of the French art nouveau tradition. The figures have an archetypal aura about them and their rendering in a clean decisive manner has its sources in Picasso`s later classical period, his return after the war into an idyllic land inhabited by healthy and young boys of Athenian ideal.

Maya Burman`s technique is a slow step-by-step process of accumulation of marks. She makes a pencil sketch first, then applies the layer of water colours and finishes the outlines and detail in black ink with a pen. There is certain precision to the rendering, a legacy perhaps of her training as an architect, which contrasts nicely with the ambiguities of the themes that she handles. The paintings are a meeting ground of two cultures – Indian as well as French. The details of Indian miniature painting and European Middle Age architecture merge in her art, and literature and poetry are also very much present as they provide her with new images, as the poetry of Spanish Frederico Garcia Lorex or the Japanese `Iku`. Her compositions are mostly figurative and change according to her mood.

Ms. Burman lives in Paris but in her paintings she retires to a land of lyricism and allegory.

Born:  July 11,1971 –Villeneuve sur Lot, France


~ 3 Years of Architecture in Paris
1993 – Travel for one year in India. Work with the ‘Centre for built environment, Kolkata’ for the survey of North Kolkata,


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011 – ‘A Dreamer’s Labyrinth’, Art Musings Gallery, Mumbai
2007 – ‘Once Upon A Time’, Art Musings Gallery, Mumbai
2007 – Organized by GallerieGanesha at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
2005 – Apparao Gallery, Chennai
2005 – ‘Intex’, Colours on Canvas, Dubai
2004 – ‘A Journey’, Art and Soul
2003 – ‘Reclaiming The Lotus’, Apparao Gallery, Chennai
2002 – Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi
2002 – Art Musings, Mumbai
2002 – Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
2001 – Mediatheque du Lamentin, Martinique
2000-01 – Apparao Gallery, Chennai
2000 – Festival du Cinema Asiatique, Vesoul, France
2000 – Art Today Gallery, New Delhi
1998 – Theatre de Chaoue, Allonnes, France

Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 – ‘Besides Paris’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
2009 – ‘Far & Wide …. Everywhere You Look’, Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi
2009 – ‘Beyond the Form’, Bajaj Capital Art House; Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2009 – ‘Transcending Boundaries’, The Nehru Centre, London
2008 – ‘X at the rate of Jehangir’, presented by Art Musings at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2008 – ‘The Sacred’, presented by Galleria at Museum Art Gallery, Mumbai
2007 – ‘Reading Paint’, Gallery Soulflower, Bangkok
2007 – ‘High on Art’, Visual Art Gallery, Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2007 – ‘An Evening in Paris….Rome….London’, Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata
2007 – Gallery 27, Cork Street, London
2007 – ‘Emerging Indian Artists’, Royal Academy of Art, London
2007 – Visual Art, London
2004 – Visual Art, London
2003 – Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
2001 – Musee de la Poste, Paris
2000 – Musee de la Tour Carree, SteMaxime, France
1999 – Indian Embassy, Paris
1999 – GalerieBoyrie, Strasbourg, France
1998 – Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
1998 – Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi
1997 – Apparao Gallery, Chennai
1995 – GalerieSauret, Fumel, France
1995 – Galerie 51, Villeneuve sur Lot, France

Joint Exhibitions:
2010 – ‘Fables and History’, with Binoy Varghese at GallerieNvya, New Delhi
2008 – ‘Smile of the Hearth’, With Maite Delteil at Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata


2010 – Annual Exhibition, Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi
1998,99,2000,01,02,03,04 – Salon d’Automne, Paris
1997,98,99,2000,01,02,03,04 – Salon de Colombes, France
1998,2000,01,02 – Salon de Sannois, France
2000,01,03 – Salon du Xeme, Paris
2000 – Salon d’ Art Contemporain, St Remy les Chevreuses, France
1999 – Salon de Beauvais, France
1998 – Salon du XVeme, Paris
1998, 99 – Salon du petit format du XVeme, Paris

Honours and Awards:

2002 – Prix Lucie Rivel, Taylor Fundation, France
2000 – Award for the Watercolor Section, Salon de Colombes, France
2000 – Selected for the Award of the Salon d’ Automne, Paris
1998 – Award for the Fine Art Association of Sannois, France
1997 – Award for Young Painters Section, Salon de Colombes, France