KAZI SALAHUDDIN AHMED

Born 1963 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Salahuddin is a self-taught artist. He has no academic background of art. He has completed his MSS in Public Relations, but his passion for art has inspired him to be an artist. He has developed himself by watching exhibitions, sharing views with artists and through regular practice. Salahuddin’s recent series consist of collages that echo the urban chaos seen from above laid out onto a series of sizable canvases. The painter is comfortable working on a large canvas according to his theme, texture and composition. His work is clarified by a powerful engagement with forms, object and space, and with bold, impasto and sweeping brushstrokes. He has played with texture and illusion for the surface effects. The painter has also collated video art for the current exhibition titled “Migration”, “Internal Ring Tone”, “Rhythm of Old Dhaka”, and “Life breathe Unity”. About his works, the artist said, “I believe that old Dhaka has much to offer, especially in terms of the advent of individualism that has wrought havoc in our society. My work is, therefore, focused to reinvent the old city. The interpretation I offer, are attempts to portray from a treasure trove of memories, a way of life that if allowed to become extinct which leaves us hallow and empty.”

Education
1986 MSS, International Relations, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2010 La Gallery, Alliance Françoise de Dhaka
2010 Shilpangon Art Gallery, Dhaka
2010 Birla Academy of Arts & Culture, Kolkata, India
2010 Nomad Center & Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan
2009 National Art Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2009 Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2007 Bangladesh Gallery, Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh, Kolkata, India
2006 Nomad Centre & Art Gallery, Islamabad, Pakistan; Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2006 Canvas Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2005 Jehangir Art Gallery Mumbai, India
2005 Hamial Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2004 Spitafields Gallery, London, UK
2004 La Gallery, Alliance Françoise de Dhaka, Bangladesh
2004 Hilton Beijing Gallery, Beijing, China
2004 Art Association of Harrisburg, PA, USA
2003 Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2002 Chuwa Gallery Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
2001 Seas Art Studios and Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
2001 La Galleria, Alliance Franchise, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2001 Birla Academy of Arts and Culture, Kolkata, India
2000 Art Konsault, New Dehli, India
2000 Solo Miniature Painting Exhibition, Gallery De Alliance Françoise, Dhaka
1999 Gallery 21, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1998 Tourist Service Center, Katmandu, Nepal
1998 Shajahan Art Gallery New Delhi, India
1997 High Commision of Indian Cultural Center Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1997 Gallery de Alliance Françoise, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1995 Zainul Gallery, Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka
1994 La Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1993 Gallery, Alliance Franchise de Dhaka, Bangladesh
1987 TSC, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Selected Group Exhibitions
2013 The 1st Changzhou China International Art Biennial at China
2012 5th Beijing International Art Bienniel, China
2012 Ecorea Jeonbuk Art Biennale at Korea
2012 15th Asian Art Biennial, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2011 The 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Taagor, Jainthy Celebration, Bangladesh & India
201119th National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
2010 4th Beijing International Art Biennial, China
2010 10th International Biennial of Miniature Art, Serbia
2009 18th National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
2008 13th Asian Art Biennial, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2007 17th National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
2006 12th Asian Art Biennial, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2005 16th National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
2004 5th Art Now Asia, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, USA
2004 9th Art Mirai International Art Exhibition, Tokyo, Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2003 Orient Color and Shape in Jakarta
2003 7th International Biennial of Miniature Art Yugoslavia
2003 8th Art Mirai International Art Exhibition Tokyo, Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2003 27th Anniversary International Miniature Art Show, MASE USA
2003 11th Asian Art Biennial, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2002 2nd Biennial of Contemporary Paining of the Islamic World, Tehran, Iran
2002 6th Miniature Painters Sculptures and Grover’s Society of Washington D.C. USA
2002 20th Annual juried Miniature Art Exhibition, Long Island USA
2002 5th International Exhibition of Miniature and Small Pictures, SAMAF France
2002 39th Annual Lake Oswego Festival the Arts, International Miniature Art Show, USA
2002 10th Asian Art Biennial, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2002 26th Anniversary International Miniature Art Show, MASF USA
2001 19th Annual juried Miniature Art Exhibition, Long Island, USA
2001 1st Contemporary Young Artists Exhibition from Bangladesh, Chuwa Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
2001 4th International Exhibition of Miniature and Small Pictures, SAMAF France
2001 Paper Mill Playhouse International Miniature Art Exhibition, NY, USA
2000 Contemporary Art from Bangladesh, Exhibition in China
2000 The Sixth International Biennial of Miniature Art I Yugoslavia
2000 25th Anniversary International Miniature Art Show, MASF USA

Awards
2012 Grand Award, 15 Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2008 Honorable Mention Award, 13 Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2002 Honorable Mention Award, 69th Miniature Painters, Sculptures and Grover’s Society of Washington D.C. USA
2000 2nd Prize in Abstract and Surrealism, 25th Anniversary International Miniature Art Show HAS F, USA
1998 Honorable Mention Award, 65th Miniature Painters, Sculptures And Grover’s Society of Washington D.C. USA
1998 2nd Prize in Abstract Art Surrealism, 1st Tone International Miniature Art Exhibition, Bangladesh
1997 1st Prize in Abstract Art 12th Georgia Miniature Art Inc. USA
1996 4th Prize in the 12th Annual juried Miniature Art Exhibition, Long Island, USA
1995 Honorable Mention Award the 10th Georgia Miniature Art Society Inc. USA

MASUM CHISTY

Born in 1976 in Narayanganj, Bangladesh

Education
1998 MFA in sculpture from the Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka

Selected Group Exhibitions
2012 Kunstvlaai : INexactly THIS, Festival of Independents 2012, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2012 A Journey Forward Dhaka Art Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2011 The Great Opening Studio Paolo W. Tamburella, Rome, Italy
2011 Parables: Pavilion of Bangladesh 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2011 Gervasuti Foundation, Venice, Italy
2010 Asian Art Biennale/Re-cite/Re-cycle National Art Gallery, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2009 1mile² Dhaka Bulbul Lalitkala Academy, Old Dhaka, Bangladesh
2009 Britto New Media Festival National Art Gallery, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2008 Off the Beaten Path South Asian Artists’ Exhibition, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2007 Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition organized by Vaskor, Alliance François de Dhaka, Bangladesh
2005 Group Art Exhibition organized by Britto Arts Trust, Alliance François de Dhaka, Bangladesh
2003 Transformation (a group metal sculpture show) Alliance François de Dhaka, Bangladesh
2002 Contemporary Sculpture of Bangladesh organized by Vaskor, Alliance François de Dhaka, Bangladesh
2002 Group traditional metal casting (dokra) exhibition Indian Cultural Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1997 – 2003Participant of National Art Exhibition, Young Art Exhibition and Asian Art Exhibition in Bangladesh, organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
1999 Exposer 7 Nepal Arts Council, Kathmandu, Nepal

Awards
2005 Best Short Film in International Short & Individual Film Festival 2005, Dhaka

KHALED HASAN

Born 1981 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

After graduating from the South Asian Media Academy in 201, Khaled Hasan has risen to prominence as one of Bangladesh’s most notable photographers. “I am a storyteller,” he claims, “my goal is to inspire people to appreciate and empathize the cultures and societies I document. I believe it is essential for the photographer to create communication and trust with the subjects. Photography has the visual power to educate by allowing us to enter the lives and experiences of others. So through my photos I want to be a messenger for the community I explore. I may not be able to make the change but it is my duty to show where change is needed. It is important to realize that no documentation will ever be finished.”

Photography has become Hasan’s tool to understand the lives of his subjects in context, a method to share untold stories with the rest of the world. As a Documentary Photographer, he has focused on documenting the interactions between people and the environment around him. His works are about the unequal balance of power and about fighting for rights, about discrimination and standing up against injustice. Yet inasmuch as Hasan aims to capture the tumultuous sociopolitical environment around him, he is equally invested in tracking change and social progress, weaving warm narratives of healing and surviving into the cold white and black images of his glossy photographs.
Hasan has been awarded the 2008 All Roads Photography Program of National Geographic Society, as well as the Alexia Foundation Student Award (Award of Excellence). He’s also been acknowledged with several awards including the Humanity Photo Documentary Award, organized by UNESCO in China, in 2009.

Education
2001 BFA, South Asian Media Academy

Selected Past Exhibitions and Screenings
2011 Tears of Memories, Death of Dreams, Solo Exhibition, Dhaka University, Bangladesh
2011 Chobi Mela VI, Solo Exhibition, 2011. Dhaka, Bangladesh
2010 Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalists, Solo Exhibition Gallery: Skywalk South,
Hannover, Germany
2010 Dream within Boundaries: Tears of memories, Solo Exhibition Gallery: Les
Promenades Photographiques Festival, France
2010 KL Photo exhibition 2010, Group Exhibition, Gallery: The Annexe Gallery,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2009 Europe and Asia - Dialog of Cultures, Group Exhibition Gallery: The Museum of Photography Metenkov House, Russia 05/09—06/09
2008 Ian Parry Scholarship Group Exhibition, Gallery: Getty Images Gallery, 46, Eastcastle Street, England

DHALI AL MAMOON

Born 1958 in Chandpur, Bangladesh

Dhali Al Mamoon began his career as a painter and printmaker in the early 1980s. Mamoon's most significant paintings and graphics of the preceding period display an inclination towards traditions and myths of Bangladesh. They are delineated in a language derived from the western experiences. The mythical character of Behula is a source of inspiration for him and he assimilates the allegorical reference and the present context in a symbolic manner in his two dimensional works.

Sometimes Dhali's installations appear to be a photography studio. An interesting story remains behind each of his ideas. Mamoon says, 'When I visited the Khirkee Mosque, not used for prayers at present but is still a piece of beautiful architecture, I decided to bring its architectural splendour to my studio. This idea reminds me of my photography studio during my childhood. I have recreated this studio through this painting to blend with my memory. In the studio of my memory there were opportunities to dress in the colonial-style costumes. So, I have drawn a bridge between my concept and my socio-political condition, as I believe that an artist possesses a healing power to redress the damage of the society through his or her artistic venture. My medium is painting. I want to focus on the disorder in the structure of the society. I draw ideas from newspaper photographs.'

Education
1984 Masters Degree in Fine Arts, University of Chittagong, Chittagong Bangladesh.
1994 DAAD Fellow, Hocchule der Kunste, Berlin, Germany.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2006 Alliance Francoise de Chittogong, Bangladesh
2004 Alliance Francoise de Chittogong and National Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1998 Gallery 21, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1994 Hochschule der Kunsfe, Berlin, Germany
1994 The South Asian Institute, New York, USA
1994 Ariel Contemporary Art Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1967 German Cultural Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Selected Group Exhibitions
2006 Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2002 Exhibition of Selected Painters from Bangladesh, Copenhagen, Denmar
2002 Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2002 Exhibition of Selected Artists from Bangladesh, Paris, France
2001 Sarjah Biennale, U.A.E
2000 Triennale Mondiala, Chamaliêres, France
2000 Contemporary Art of Bangladesh, Beijing, China
2000 Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1995 5th International Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt
1994 Asian Art Show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
1994 Triennale Mondiale d’Estampes petit format, Chamaliêres, France
1993 Peintres du Bangladesh, Galerie Antinie Laurentin, Paris, France
1991 7th International Triennial, New Delhi, India
1990 3rd Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Modern Art Museum, Japan

Awards
2000 Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Award, 14th National Art Exhibition, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2006 Grand Prize, 12th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh

YASMIN JAHAN NUPUR

Born 1979 in Chittagong, Bangladesh

Yasmin Jahan Nupur is a visual artist from Bangladesh who was born in Chittagong in 1979. Speaking towards her work Nupur says: “I am inspired by the urgent ecological and community/public aspects and inclined to incorporate these elements in my work. I also like to depict human relationships from various points of view. Therefore, I work closely with people from the community who are deprived from social benefits. I believe in equal rights for all people regardless of gender, race, color, creed or political belief, and in the individual’s inalienable right to participate by means of free and democratic processes in framing the society in which he or she lives. People need to communicate and even confront each other and I believe that our inner self has the potential of making us better humans. I can share my culture and values and a collective participation with the community can increase understanding between people of different backgrounds. My work explores prevailing social values of my region.”

Awards
2013 Honorable Mention Award at 15th Asian Art Biennal, Bangladesh
2010 Commonwealth connection International Arts Residency, Commonwealth Foundation. United Kingdom
2010 Honorable Mention Award at 17th Young Art Exhibition. (Bangladesh National Academy of Fine Arts)
2008 Honorable Mention Award at 13th Asian Art Biennal, Bangladesh

Selected Exhibitions
2014 Upcoming, Readymade, Contemporary art from Bangladesh, Aicon Gallery, New York, June 2014
2013 13th Asian Art Biennal Bangladesh Shilpokala Academy, Dhaka. Bangladesh
2013 55th Venice Biennale, The National Pavilion of Bangladesh Officina Delle Zattere, Fondamenta Nani, Dorsoduro 947, Venezia. Italy
2012 China Art Fair, Beijing, China
2012 “Freefall” a group drawing Exhibition, Bengal art Lounge, Bangladesh.
2012 Dhaka Art Summit organized by Samdani Art Foundation, Bangladesh
2012 Britto Space, arraged by Britto Arts Trust. Bangladesh
2012 18th Young Art Exhibition. (Bangladesh National Academy of Fine Arts ) Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh
2011 State of being so divided: documents, memories and archives, VM Gallery, Pakistan
2011 Win Commonwealth Connections international arts residencies, Mauritius
2011 The Long way Home IBL Gallery,Port Loius, Mauritius
2010 4th Cairo Video Festival,organized by Medrar, Cairo,Egypt
2010 17th Young Art Exhibition. (Bangladesh National Academy of Fine Arts ) Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
2010 International Artist-in-Residence program, Litmus Community Space, Art Council Korea, Korea
2009 1st Video Art Festival Arranged by AllArtNow org. Damascus, Syria
2009 18th National Art Exhibition Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (Bangladesh National Academy of Fine Arts), Bangladesh
2008 13th Asian Art Biennal Bangladesh, Shilpokala Academy, Dhaka. Bangladesh.
2008 Contemporary artist-4, Fine arts Institute, Dhaka University Japan and Bangladesh. Bangladesh
2008 International Artist Workshop/residency Arranged by BrittoArt Trust, Bogra, Bangladesh

IMRAN HOSSAIN PIPLU

Born 1970 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Imran Hossain Piplu is an artist from Dhaka, Bangladesh who melds the visual and the conceptual into thought-provoking mixed-media pieces. Trained at the Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka, he received an MFA degree in 1998 in Sculpture. He has been an artist-in-residence in Brazil, Scotland, Taiwan and Karnataka, India.

From the earliest stages of his career, Piplu has used alternative materials to produce extraordinary creations out of everyday innate objects. What is clearly evident in all of Piplu’s works is the vision and skill that go into his artwork. The use of mainly recycled material in his exhibits provides a contemporaneous spin to his work. While many experimental and conceptual artists struggle with this technique, Piplu has demonstrated his artistic prowess through this very form of expression. His work paints a vibrant and colorful picture of the underlying idea behind the artwork and transports the onlooker into a cocoon of tranquility that brings fresh perspective. It may be said that some of his work inspires a unique viewpoint as if seen from the eyes of an infant, and yet at the same time seems incredibly complex. These combinations not only enthuse onlookers, but also leave them with a lasting impression.

Piplu’s work investigates the geological time scale known as the Warrasic Period, which spans from about 1600 to 2000 AD. The name Warrasic refers to the invention of weaponry, war paraphernalia and its consumption. During the course of the Warrasic Period, dangerous and threatening animals (also called “weapons”) roamed the Earth, leading to their own destruction and eventual distinction. One possible explanation for their demise is the evolving perceptions and temperaments of human beings at the time. Near the end of the Warrasic Period, human beings became more tolerant and lived peacefully amongst one another. Gradually, weapons fell out of use. Piplu’s work is a museum of archeological fossils from this age discovered all over the world, rendered in the form of sculptural relief, digital print and publication. The museum alludes to the idea that there is no functioning weapon found today. They exist only as fossils.

Education
1998 MFA in Sculpture, Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka.

Exhibitions
2011 Parables: Pavilion of Bangladesh, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia
2010 14th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka
2009 Britto New Media Festival, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka
2009 1mile² Dhaka, at Beauty Boarding, Old Dhaka
2008 Off the Beaten Path, South Asian Artists’ Exhibition, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka
2005 Residency outcome Show, Alliance Française de Dacca, Dhaka
2004 Exhibition of Residency Programme at Taipei Artist Village, Taipei
2003 Group Exhibition, Jindal Art Foundation, Karnataka, India
2002 Young Artists from Bangladesh, Ibraki, Japan
2001 Group Art Exhibition (Japan-Bangladesh), Chiju Art Gallery, Tokyo
2000 India-Bangladesh Art Exhibition, Gallery Alternative, Kolkata

PROMOTESH DAS PULAK

Born 1980 in Sylhet, Bangladesh

Pulak completed his MFA in 2004 from the Department of Drawing and Painting, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka. In addition to drawing and painting, he also experimented with different mediums such as video, photography, image manipulation, sculpture print making etc. In light of Pulak’s carreer, the practice of video and video installation has been a fairly recent phenomenon in contemporary Bangladeshi art, brought forward by artists from the Dhaka Based artists’ collective, Britto Arts Trust. Pulak has been involved in several of the group’s exhibitions and workshops that confronts and responds to innovative and analytical streams of thought. He has also participated in several group exhibitions since 1999. He has displayed his works in Bangladesh, Nepal, Japan, Italy and Canada. Promotesh has also received a fellowship form Aminul Islam Trust in 2007 for best drawing. Pulak is currently working as a free lance artist.

Pulak locates his creative insight as a response to the “pollution, war, social crises, and the political unrest of Bangladesh and the rest of the world.” In fact, specific situations and events have acted as a basis to generate ideas for work in both his past and present life: “since I came in Dhaka city,” Pulak recounts, “I have seen and felt the pollution in every step—not only environmental pollution, but also corruption in every official sector, which I have treated as a social pollution. From that thinking the image of a mask immediately became a sign in my work. I have painted many types of pollution and gas masks in painting. I have given the name of that series “Encapsulated.” Is a mask what saves us from all those pollution? I wanted to be safe from all the enemies and I thought the only solution is wearing a mask!”

Self-portraits are also a key feature of Pulak’s oeuvre. In two of his early video works, titled “Momentum” (2008) and “Destination” (2009) the artist incorporates himself within the frame. The former consists of an eerie, psychological landscape of a lone, silhouetted figure wavering between light and darkness in the middle of traffic. Extreme stillness pervades the figure, where an illusion of movement and life only become visible through the glares of vehicles flashing past with their almost inaudible sounds. It presents a moment of retrospection and expectation as one. A certain tension unfolds as the pace accelerates, while a resonating silence inherent in the character compels it in a state of limbo, an existential condition of life in the mega-city.

Education
2004 MFA, Department of Drawing and Painting, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka

Exhibitions
2010 Sala 1, Rome, Italy, 2010
2010 Shilpakala Academy for 17th Young Artists’ Exhibition
2010 Sarwardi Uddyan Exhibition in Dhaka for Robi Bangladesh Mela
2009 11th Contemporary Young Artist’s Exhibition, Chuwa Gallery, Tokyo
2009 Raku at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka
2009 13th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
2007 Contemporary Art Exhibition, Kawasaki City Museum, Japan, 2007
2006 Group Show at Dots Gallery, Dhaka in 2006.

WAKILUR RAHMAN

Born 1961 in Bangladesh

Noted artist Wakilur Rahman been experimenting with contemporary art and new media throughout his career, and has earned widespread acclamation for his work. In a statement about his experiences with art, he claims “artists from all over the world are now getting more and more interested in contemporary art which involves installation, visual art and even performance arts. And as human life itself has changed a lot in recent years, I have taken an interest in contemporary art. Man’s life is now faster and dominated by modern technologies and so as artist I also want to involve these new features in art.” Rahman claims he is drawn to contemporary art because it “often involves visitors within the artistic process, unlike in conventional art where the visitors just remain as viewers.
Rahman is currently living and working in Bangladesh.

Education
1984-1986 M.F.A at Central Academy of Fine Arts Peking, P.R. of China
1984-1986 B.F.A. at Dhaka Art College, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Selected Exhibitions
2012 Reading Images, Bengal Art Lounge, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2011 Gallery T27, Berlin, Germany
2011 Asia House, London, UK
2010 Books you can read!, Dhaka Art Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2010 In the Shade of Paper, Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka, (With Dhali Al Mamoon)
2009 Written Image, Gallery Kaya, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2007 Shilpangan Contemporary Art Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2006 Galerie 100, Berlin (with Stefan Friedemann)
2006 Kunst und Umwelt, Städtische Galerie Wollhalle, Güstrow
2005 Galerie de l'Alliance Française Dhaka, Bangladesh

Awards
1996 Third Prize, Agricola-Preis für Kunst und Wissenschaft, Glauchau, Germany
1995 Honorable Mention, Norwegian International Print Triennale, Fredrikstad, Norway
1994 First Prize in Graphic Media, National Young Artists' Exhibition, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1989 Honorable Mention, Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Toronto, Canada

MOHAMMAD WAHIDUZZAMAN

Born in 1978, Dhaka, Bangladesh

After acquiring a degree from the Bulbul Academy of Fine Art and completing a three year diploma in printing technology from a graphic institute, Wahiduzzaman (born 1978) crossed over to the art world to become one of its explorers of popular psyche. Before, acting as Dhaka Art Summit coordinator twice in 2012 and 2014 which is the single gigantic art event of its kind in Bangladesh, Wahid came to prominence following the receipt of the coveted gold medal in 14th Asian art Biennale Bangladesh 2010.

Over the years, Wahid’s work has sought to show agony, hypocrisy, sub-human or flaunt attitudes, concerning contemporary socio-economic and political power play within a global context. Affiliation with institutional film making and passion of photography, moreover, tips the courage to stretching the boundary of art by collapsing the difference between paradoxical ideas of visual versus narrative, fiction versus documentary and reality versus abstraction to depict the objective reality through subjective point of view. Often, he explores by combining different media into installations that feature mundane objects such as artificial hair or painted in pop style with colorful collage on different shapes of canvas.

Wahid has participated in numerous group exhibitions national and internationally including: Solo Art Project by Institute of Asian Creatives at Second Dhaka Art Summit (2014); Indian Art Fair (2013); 15th Asian Art Biennial Bangladesh (2012); Tactile, A Group Art Exhibition- Curated by Bhavna Kakar, Director, Latitude 28 and organized by Latitude 28 (2012); Dhaka Art Summit (2012); Express Yourself- A workshop and group exhibition of American and Bangladeshi Artists (2012); Crossover- A workshop and group exhibition featuring artists from Bangladesh and India (2012); The Country of Rising Sadness-organized by Samdani Art Foundation (2011); Participated as Invitee in Ninth Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Print (2011). Artist’s work can be found in the corporate and personal collections including Grameenphone Ltd. Bangladesh (Corporate); Rajeeb Samdani, Co- Founder and Trustee of Samdani Art Foundation (Personal).

Education
1997-2000 3 Years Diploma Engineer in Printing Technology from Institute of Graphic Arts
1996-2001 5 Years Diploma in Fine Art (Drawing & Painting) from Bulbul Academy of Fine Art (B.A.F.A)
1996 1 Year Diploma in Black & White Photography from L’alliance Francaise De Dhaka, Bangladesh
2003 B. A. National University

Selected Exhibitions
2014 Group Exhibition- Promoting Bangladesh’s Contemporary Art, organized by The Delegation of The European Union to Bangladesh at Europe Day 2014.
2014 Gallery Solo Project, exhibited by Institute of Asian Creatives at Second Dhaka Art summit, organized by Samdani Art Foundation.
2014 Group Exhibition, “Then & Now,” organized by Athena Gallery of Fine Arts.
2013 A Contemporary Art Exhibition, organized by Institute of Asian Creatives.
2013 Indian Art Fair, 2013 at February 2013
2012 15th Asian Art Biennial Bangladesh 2012, organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Tactile, A Group Art Exhibition- Curated by Bhavna Kakar, Director, Latitude 28 and organized by Latitude 28, Lado Sarai, New Delhi, India.
2012 “Dhaka Art Summit” Exhibition organized by Samdani Art Foundation
2012 “Express Yourself” A workshop and group exhibition of American and Bangladeshi Artists, organized by A Visual Arts Initiative of U.S. Embassy, Dhaka
2012 “Crossover”- A workshop and group exhibition featuring artists from Bangladesh and India organized by Depart, an art Quarterly.
2011 Participated in “The Country of Rising Sadness” A Group Exhibition organized by Samdani Art Foundation.
2011 Participated as Invitee in Ninth Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Print- Art, India, organized by Roopankar Museum of Fine Arts, Bharat Bhavan.
2010 14th Asian Art Biennial Bangladesh 2010
2010 Participated Britto International Artists’ Workshop 2010, organized by Britto Arts Trust, Bangladesh.
2009 1 mile2 Exhibition 2009 organized jointly by Britto Arts Trust, Visiting Arts UK, Arts Council England and British Council
2009 18th National Art Exhibition organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
2008 13th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh organized by Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka.
2008 16th Young Artist Art Exhibition organized by Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka.
2008 Embracing Our Differences, The 5th Annual Outdoor Art Exhibition organized by Island Park and Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota- USA
2008 Art Exhibition in Commemoration of 7th Death Anniversary of Artist Rashed, organized by Shilpi Rashed Smriti Parshad Dhaka
2007 UNESCO Digital Art Award organized by UNESCO.
2007 LACDA International Juried Competition organized by Los Angeles Center for Digital art, USA
2007 Art Exhibition in Commemoration of 6th Death Anniversary of Artist Rashed, organized by Shilpi Rashed Smriti Parshad Dhaka
2007 4th Painting Exhibition “Exception Artist Group” Art and Soul Gallery, Gulshan, Dhaka
2007 3rd Painting Exhibition “Exception Artist Group” Academy of fine Arts, Kolkata, India
2007 9th Contemporary Young Artists Exhibitions from Bangladesh organized by Chuwa Gallery Tokyo, Japan
2007 Sharjah Biennial
2006 Commemoration of 31st Death Anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Zainul Gallery, Dhaka
2006 32nd Ajac Exhibition “New Art in Japan” organized by Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2006 15th Japan Asia Africa Latin-America Cultural Exchange Art Exhibition organized by Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo- Japan.
2006 2nd Art Exhibition of “Exception” A group of Artist organized by “Exception” at Theatre institute Chittagong, K.C. Dey road, Chittagong.
2006 Art Exhibition in Commemoration of 5th Death Anniversary of Artist Rashed, organized by Shilpi Rashed Smriti Parshad Dhaka
2006 1st Art Exhibition of “Exception” A Group of Artist organized by “Exception” at Zainul Gallery –1, Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, Dhaka
2006 8th Contemporary Young Artists Exhibitions from Bangladesh organized by Chuwa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2006 Seventh Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Print- Art Exhibition organized by Museum of Fine Arts, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, India
2006 Young Artist Art Exhibition organized by Bangladesh Artist Welfare, Dhaka.
2006 International Mother Language Day Poster Exhibition Organized by Bulbul Academy of Fine Art, Dhaka
2006 5th Japan Asia Africa Latin America cultural exchange art exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan art Museum
2006 Exhibition “New Art in Japan” at Tokyo,
2006 7th Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Print Art Exhibition at India
2005 Art Exhibition in Commemoration of 4th Death Anniversary of Artist Rashed, organized by Shilpi Rashed Smriti Parshad, Dhaka.
2005 Commemoration of 30th Death Anniversary of the Father of the Nation, National Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2005 Print-Art Exhibition organized by Chhapai, Zainul Gallery, Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
2002 15th National Art Exhibition organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
2002 14th Young Artist Art Exhibition organized by Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka.
2002 Art Exhibition in Commemoration of 15th Death Anniversary of Artist Rashed, organized by Shilpi Rashed Smriti Parshad, Dhaka
2002 4th Young Artists Exhibition of Japan-Bangladesh, organized by Chuwa Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan & Zainul Gallery, Institute of Fine Art, University of Dhaka
2002 3rd Contemporary Young Artists Exhibitions from Bangladesh organized by Chuwa, Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan
2001 26th Ajac Exhibition “New Art in Japan” organized by Tokyo Metropolitan art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2001 Canada International Miniature Art Show “Small in Nature” organized by Oceanside Community Arts Council, Parksville Canada
2001 Berger Young Painters Award, organized by Berger, Bangladesh
2001 Commemoration of 26th death Anniversary of the Father of the Nation, National Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2001 8 Young Artists Art-Exhibition of Arial center, Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2000 14th National Art Exhibition organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh.
2000 Berger Young Painters Award organized by Berger, Bangladesh
2000 Canada International Miniature Art Show “Small in Nature” organized by Oceanside Community Arts Council, Parksvilla Canada

Awards
2010 Grand Prize winner in 14th Asian Art Biennial Bangladesh 2010, organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
2006 Best award, 5th Art Exhibition on Commemoration of Artist Rashed organized by Shilipi Rashed Smriti Parshad, Dhaka,Bangladesh.
2005 Honorable Mention Award, 4th Art Exhibition in Commemoration of Artist Rashed organized by Shilipi Rashed Smriti Parshad, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2001 6th Prize Winner Berger Young Painters Award, 2001 organized by Berger Bangladesh.
2001 Honorable Mention Award, in Commemoration of 26th Death Anniversary of The Father of Nation, National Museum Gallery, organized by National Mourning Day Observance Council, Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
2001 Honored by Bulbul Academy of Fine Art for “The Best Student of the Year”
2000- 1st Prize Winner Berger Young Painters Award, 2000, organized by Berger, Bangladesh.
2000 3rd Prize B.A.F.A Inter Branch Art Competition organized by Bulbul Academy of Fine Art Dhaka, Bangladesh.
1998 3rd Prize Sculpture in the 1st Tone International Miniature Art exhibition, Gallery Tone, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1997 1st Prize in Bangobandhu Art Competition and Art Exhibition, organized by Institute Of Graphic Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
1997 Honorable Mention Award, Aids Poster Competition organized by “Pratysha” Anti Drugs Organization, Dhaka, Bangladesh.