Datta Bansode, a practicing Buddhist, infuses his works with the simplicity and minimalism of the Buddha’s philosophy . The cave paintings of Ajanta and Ellora, as well as his hometown Latur, are profound influences that have shaped him, says the artist. The willowy, graceful and fluid form of the Buddha, draped in white, is an omnipresent part of his art. The visual language is stark and elegant. Flat, minimalist, elongated forms and a striking palette consisting mostly of red, black and white, typify his paintings, made with a mixture of acrylic, charcoal and oils. The effect is at once meditative. Like powerful haikus, they radiate the Buddha’s teachings of peace, harmony and Ahimsa.