Sisir Sahana was born in Bankura, West Bengal in 1963. He studied art at Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan and did both his Bachelor’s & Master’s Degree in Painting. He then went on to do an Advanced Diploma in stained glass painting from Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design, London in 1994. Sisir is today known more for his glass sculptures and relief work in glass.
“I use a combination of sand and soda-lime, along with colouring agents, to produce a raw material, which melts together to form molten glass” – Sisir Sahana
His sculptures are stylized figuration. His understanding of materials and managing glass makes his work distinct. You can clearly see an influence of folk culture and temple architecture in his sculptures. Combining his command over glass and his skills in painting, Sisir is able to portray human elements and social issues such as concerns around urbanization that is close to his heart. Ranging from soft grays, pastoral greens to bright reds and other colours, he carefully works in sections to allow his human figures and metaphors to evolve.
He is the recipient of the Merit Scholarship from Viswa Bharati University and the Commonwealth Scholarship in 1993-1994 that gave him the opportunity to study stained glass painting that greatly influences his work today. Sisir has also been invited on a fellowship to Wheaton Village, USA by the Creative Glass Centre of America in 2000. A winner of many awards including the Kala Bhavan Annual Exhibition award and the AIFAC national award, he has been recognized for his brilliant work in glass.
Sisir has held over 20 solo exhibitions across various art centres in India that include Kolkata, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore. He has participated in more than 50 group exhibitions both in India and abroad. What is interesting is that many of his shows outside India have been with local galleries from those countries. His works are part of many private collections across the world.