PRASANTA SAHU - 1968, Orissa
M.F.A. (Painting) from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda (1998-2000)
B.A Fine Arts (Painting) from Kala-Bhavana, Visva- Bharati University, Santiniketan (1993-98)
Training in Electrical Engineering under O.S.E.B., Orissa, India (1986-87)
Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Barapada School of Engineering & Technology, Orissa (1983-86)
The artist is intensely aware of the pictorial surface of the canvas. Monochromatic pictures are contrasted with vividly painted areas and abrasions on the canvas form interesting textural motifs. However, in his work Sahu moves away from the high-modernist obsession with the formal properties of the painted surface. The paintings operate as performative gestures connecting the realms of art and society.
For example, if Sahu draws attention to the materiality of the canvas through deliberately disfiguring its surfac.