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Sunil Das (born 1939) is an Indian expressionist painter. He is popular for his paintings, Bull Series and woman. In 2014, Government of India conferred upon him its fourth-highest civilian award the Padma Shri.

Sunil Das was born in Calcutta, India. He joined the Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata in 1955, then won a French Government Scholarship to study at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Das joined Government of India's Handloom division, Ministry of Textiles. He was inspired by the force and the strength of the moving horse. His works revolve around Man-Woman relationships, Woman in her sexual empowerment and In her loneliness. He had around 88 solo exhibitions across the world including Paris Biennale. He is the founder member of Society of Contemporary Artists.

One of India's important post-modernist painters, Sunil Das rose to prominence with his drawing of horses. "I must have done 7000 horses between 1950 to 60," he says. "In 1962, I went to Spain, where I was fascinated by the bull fights."

Sunil Das lives in Kolkata.

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