Chila Kumari Burman was born in Liverpool and attended the Southport College of Art, the Leeds Polytechnic (B.A First class honours) and Slade School of Fine Art, where she did her MA in 1982. She works in printmaking, painting, installation and film, and was part of the Black British Art movement of the 1980s. Burman was one of the first British Asian female artists to have a monograph written about her work: Lynda Nead’s Chila Kumari Burman: Beyond Two Cultures (1995), and the second monograph by Rina Arya, titled Shakti Sexuality and Bindi Girls was published in 2012. Her work is in numerous public collections, including the Tate, Wellcome Trust, British Council Collection, Victoria & Albert Museum and Arts Council. Her most recent projects include an upcoming show at the Science Museum in London.