The paintings of G.R. Santosh are prime examples of Neo-Tantrism, an artistic movement originated by the artist, K.C.S. Paniker in the 1960s. 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).