Infusing life in forms
Biswal's portraits are not mere copies of expressions but revelation of the entire personality.
DEFT TOUCH Biswal works with a distinct style.
There is a statement attributed to Pablo Picasso that there are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun; Chandramani Biswal belongs to the second category. Biswal, who passed out of Government School of Art & Crafts with a first class Diploma in painting and theory in 1973, did his degree course in painting and Art theory eight years later from Berhampur University. He went on to complete his Masters in History from the same University in 1984.
A multi-faceted personality Biswal takes a keen interest in music and literature too. While he has a degree in Music (Violin) from Gandharva Mandala, Mumbai his book of poems in Oriya Tathapi Antaranga has won rave reviews. He regularly contributes articles on art to a number of frontline journals. Biswal has evolved as an ace artist of the state today leaving his indelible mark as a portrait painter. Biswal's art gives life to shape and shape to life. Therefore, his portraits are not mere copies of the expressions in the face but a divination and revelation of the entire personality.
His portraits of Mahatma Gandhi, Sreema and Biju Patnaik stand out for the neatness of execution and vibrancy of life. A member of the Board of Studies of many a premier institution Biswal has had solo and group exhibitions mounted at many prestigious institutions including Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, Government School of Art & Crafts, Chennai, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi and so on .
He has been a participant in artists' camps, workshops and seminars like All Orissa Artist Camp by Orissa Lalit Kala Akademi, All India Artist Camp by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and National Primitive and Modern Relevance and won laurels and awards from various institutions.
Beginning his career as a lecturer in oil painting at his alma mater, Biswal has held many important posts like that of Principal, Government College of Art & Crafts, Khallikote and Principal, B K College of Art & Crafts, Bhubaneswar. At present, he is the secretary of the Lalit Kala Akademi, Orissa.
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