Sanat Kar

Was born in Kolkata in 1935. He received his diploma in painting from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Calcutta in 1955 and played a major role in the formation of the Society of Contemporary Artists in 1960. He joined Graphics department, Kala Bhavan, Viswa Bharati in 1978 and later become the principal of that institute.

Kar began experimenting with etching in the early '60s. It was a self-taught process. His fruitful explorations of material for plates arose from the need to cut costs of zinc plates, so he worked first with wood blocks, then moved on to plywood and finally, Sun mica and engraving on cardboard. He was able to successfully marry the character of work on a metal plate to his wood blocks without sacrificing the character of wood. From the late '80s he began painting with tempera.

Kar's figurations have, an innocence and a feeling of poetry. A majority of Sanat Kar's works are surrealistic and have a curious dream-like appearance.  Birth and death, the beginning and the end of the cycle of life hold endless fascination for Kar, as does the grotesque and the macabre. he colors Kar utilises are in keeping with his sombre mood. He elaborates, "My works play on the deep, dark recesses of the human mind." It is in his texturisations that he achieves great mastery. The shimmering colors. the grainy surfaces, the mottled,

 scratched, doodled lines create their own visual magic.


Sanat Kar work has featured in the Festival of India in the US, Japan, Soviet Union; British International Print Biennale, international print Show in Poland and the Berlin Intergrafik among other global showcases. Kar has received an award from the AIFACS, New Delhi several times, and the West Bengal State Lalit Kala Academy Award in 1993, among others. He is also the recipient of the Kala Vibhushan in 1997 and the Shiromani Puraskar, Kolkata in 1996.

Sanat Kar Lives and works between Kolkata & Santiniketan.



Works by Sanat Kar

  • Sanat Kar

    Oh Humanity

    Tempera on Board

  • Sanat Kar


    Tempera on Board