G.R. Santosh's paintings are widely acknowledged as prime examples of Neo-Tantrism, an artistic movement originated by the artist, K.C.S. Paniker in the 1960's. The artists were inspired by Hindu, Buddhist and Jain concepts of dualities between male and female and between macro- and microcosm. Santosh's painting is neither abstract nor representational but highly reminiscent of Indian religious imagery involving yantras, mandalas, chakras, and the lokapurusha (cosmic man).