KANAK CHANPA CHAKMA
About Kanak Chanpa Chakma
Kanak Chanpa Chakma is a visual artist based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She works with acrylic, most often on canvas, sometimes on paper. Her style is a vivid portrayal of the proud tribal Chakma people of Bangladesh. In her art, she frees them from their struggling lives focusing on happier moments. Her painting Portrait of a Tribe-1 is a good example of this.
The tribal people in their daily lives is the central theme in her work. The Chakmas for many reasons have struggled in Bangladesh. Her work puts a spotlight on them.
Kanak Chanpa Chakma represents the Chakma people in a way no other can. Her success has given her access to many Bangladeshi policymakers. She educates the powerful (and the rest of us) using her beautiful paintings.
It's rare in Bangladesh to have an artist focus most of her work on an ethnic minority. She has shown us that an artist can be socially conscious and still be successful.