About Maya Burman

Maya Burman, daughter of the well-known painter Sakti Burman, is renowned for the detailing in her tapestry like paintings where everything is subordinate to patterning, reminiscent of the French art nouveau tradition. The figures have an archetypal aura about them and there is certain precision to the rendering, a legacy 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, where literature and poetry are also present, providing her with new images. She lives in Paris but in her paintings she retires to a land of lyricism and allegory, the fantasy world of children.