Maksuda Iqbal Nipa
Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Lives and Works: Dhaka, Bangladesh
- 2004 : M.Ed. in Fine Arts (Painting), Aichi University of Education, Japan
- 2002 : Post-Graduate Research Course (Oil Painting), Aichi University of Education, Japan
- 1996 : BFA (Drawing and Painting), Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
- 2017 : Episodes of Her Gaze, organized by Bangladesh National Museum and Gallery Cosmos at Nalini Kanta Bhattashali Gallery of Bangladesh National Museum
- 2016 : “Light Giving Structure, Space and Time”, Seoul, Korea, organized by Youngone Corporation
- 2015 : Chromatic Delusion, Bengal Art Lounge, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- 2012 : Gallery Chayamachi, Osaka, Japan.
- 2012 : Bengal Art Lounge, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- 2008 : Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- 2006 : Design Festa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
- 2004 : Gallery Black, Hiroshima, Japan
- 2004 : Gallery APA, Nagoya, Japan
- 2003 : Haruhi Art Museum, Aichi, Japan
- 2003 : Toyota Municipal Art Museum, Toyota, Japan
- 2003 : Gallery Space, Aichi, Japan
- 2002 : Gallery APA, Nagoya, Japan
2016 : Honored by Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (women’s association) for outstanding contributions to the respective fields.
2012 : ‘‘Top Influential Gallery Award’’- One of the participating Artist of Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, 15th Beijing International Art Expo, China.
- 2008 : Honorable Mention Award, 16th Young Artists Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
- 2003 : Daiko Foundation Scholarship, Daiko Foundation, Nagoya, Japan.
- 2003 : Selection Award, 3rd Ume Hiroba Haruhi Art Biennial Exhibition, Japan
- 2002 : International Friendship Award, Amano Hashi Date Art and Craft Fair, Kyoto, Japan
- 1997 : Best Award for Oil Painting, Annual Art Exhibition, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka
Two Man Show
- 2006 : Gallery APA, Nagoya, Japan
- 2003 : Gallery Syokakuen, Nishio, Aichi ken, Japan
- 1999 : Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Major Group Exhibitions - International
2016 : 17th Asian Art Biennial, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
: Women’s role in Sustainable Development, International Women’s day Exhibition, selected to represent the Asia-Pacific region, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France
: 3rd Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- 2015 : ‘‘She’’ Celebrating Women and Art of Bangladesh, Showcasing Art Works of 5 most distinct Bangladeshi Women painters by Bangladesh Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand.
- 2015 : ‘‘Bangladesh on the Bank of Nile’’ A group art exhibition, Ahmed Shawky Museum, Cairo, Egypt. Organized by Bivab and ministry of culture, Egypt.
- 2014: 16th Asian Art Biennial, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
- 2014: ‘Bangladesh-US Art Conclave’ The New Work Art Connection, Holbrook, NY, USA.
- 2014: 2nd Dhaka Art Summit, Organized by Samdani Art Foundation and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka.
- 2013 : Setouchi International Art Festival, Setouchi Triennial 2013, Japan.
- 2013 : “Colours Across the Bengal delta” Jointly organized by Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Embassy of Bangladesh in Vietnam & Gallery 21, Dhaka, Vietnam Exhibition centre for Culture & Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam.
- 2012 : 15th Asian Art Biennial, Bangladesh Shilpokala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- 2012 : ‘15th Beijing International Art Expo 2012’, Beijing, China.
- 2012: 1st Dhaka Art Summit, Organized by Samdani Art Foundation and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
- 2011 ; "Rhythm of Colours,", organized by ICCR and Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Assam, India.
- 2011 : India – Bangladesh Art Summit, organized by Cosmos Art Gallery, Museum Art Gallery, Mumbai, India.
- 2010 : ‘Small Wonders Exhibition’, organized by Artist Trekker, Stove Factory Gallery, MA, USA.
- 2010 : ‘International Mother Language Day Art Exhibition’, National Art Gallery, Malaysia.
- 2010 : ‘Contemporary Colour And Images from Bangladesh’, National Art Gallery, Male, Maldives.
- 2009 : 6 Young Painters from Kolkata and Bangladesh, organized by Kolkata Art Trust, Chemould Gallery, Kolkata, India.
- 2009 : ‘Rhythm of Colour’ Bangladesh Art Exhibition, Hunar Art Gallery, Dubai.
- 2004 : World Art: 2004, Higashi Hiroshima Art Museum, Japan
- 2004 : 3 Person Show, Aichi Arts Centre, Nagoya, Japan
- 2003 : Asian Art Now 2003, Las Vegas Art Museum, USA
- 2003 : 3rd Ume Hiroba Haruhi Art Biennial Exhibition, Haruhi Art Museum, Japan
- 2003 : ‘‘Foreign Artists Exhibition 2003’’ Jointly Organized by Central Japan International Society and Nagoya International Center, Nagoya, Japan
- 2002 : 14th Shinwa Art Exhibition, Okayama, Japan
- 2002 : 28th Tokyo Art Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan
- 2002 : 5th Amano Hashi Date Art and Crafts Fair, Kyoto, Japan
- 2002 : The Message from Young Artists, Sudu Museum, Tokyo, Japan
- 2002 : 3rd Bangladeshi Young Artists Exhibition, Chua Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
- 2001 : 13th Shinwa Art Exhibition, Okyama, Japan
- 2001 : 9th Window Gallery Art Exhibition, Gifu, Japan
- 1999 : Exposure-7 by 7 Young Artists, Creative Artists Society Contemporary Art Gallery, Katmandu, Nepal
Major Group Exhibitions- National
2017 : 22nd National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
2016 : Brave Heart-Art Against Terrorism, Gallery Cosmos, Dhaka
- 2015 : 21st National Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka.
- 2014 : “Be Smart About Art’’ Showcasing art works of 8 artists at Athena Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka.
- 2014 : ‘Life’ a group Art Exhibition by 15 prominent women artist of Bangladesh, Gallery Cosmos,
- 2014 : ‘Then & Now’ A special exhibition for the Dhaka art summit, Athena Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka.
- 2014: “Spirit of Annapurna” Group Art Exhibition, Organized by Gallery Cosmos-2, Dhaka.
- 2013 : “Peace” A Group Art Exhibition, Organized by Gallery Cosmos, Dhaka.
- 2013 : 20th National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
- 2012: ‘ Water Cooperation’ group art exhibition of 12 artists at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka.
- 2012 : ‘ Journey of the Wind’, organized by Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art and Shilpoprobha at Dhaka Art Centre, Bangladesh.
- 2012 : ‘67 – A Collection of Prominent Bangladeshi Artists’, Athena Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka.
- 2012 : ‘Freedom in creativity’, Celebrating International Women’s Day, Gallery Kaya, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- 2010 : ‘ Rooted Creativity – 8’ , organized by Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- 2009 : 18th National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpokala Academy, Dhaka
- 2008 : 16th Young Artists' Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka.
- 1999 : Grand Group Silver Jubilee Exhibition, Saju Art Gallery, Dhaka
- 1999 : 50th Anniversary Exhibition of the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka
- 1998 : 13th National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
- 1998 : 12th Young Artists' Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
- 1997 : 8th Asian Art Biennial, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
- 1997 : ‘Exposition-6’, 6 Young Artists, Alliance Francaise de Dacca.
- 1996 : Grand Group Exhibition, Saju Art Gallery, Dhaka
- 1996 : 11th Young Artists' Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka.
- 2012 : ‘BATB – BENGAL Art Camp 2012’ organized by British American Tobacco Bangladesh and Bengal gallery of Fine Arts, Colombo, Srilanka.
- 2012 : A workshop on 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, organized by Bangladesh Shilpokala Academy, Dhaka
- 2011 : ‘Serigraphy Workshop’, organized by The American Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- 2011 : Art Camp in Gawhati, Asam, India, Organized by Bengal Gallery of fine arts and ICCR.
- 2010 : ‘Madhumati Art Camp 2010’, organized by Bengal Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- 2010 : ‘ 101 Artist Art Camp’, organized by Dhaka Art Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- 2009 : Gilding workshop conducted by Kathrina Rudolph, organized by Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- 1994 :Water colour workshop conducted by prominent artists of Bangladesh, organized by Charushilpi Parishad, Dhaka
Bangladesh National Museum, National Art Gallery – Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh, Bangladesh Bank, Bengal Foundation, Embassy of Bangladesh in Vietnam
Episodes of Her Gaze, published by Cosmos Books in 2017
Maksuda Iqbal Nipa is renowned for her colorful abstractions, often painted on very large canvases. She completed her M.Ed. in Fine Art (painting) from Aichi University of Education, Japan. She has held numerous solo and group shows at home and abroad, notably National Museum of Bangladesh, UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, Toyota Municipal Art Museum in Toyota, Japan, Las Vegas Art Museum, USA, and Youngone Corporation in Seoul, Korea. She has been honored by Bangladesh Mohila Porishod (Bangladesh Women’s Association) for outstanding contribution to her respective field. Nipa has received numerous awards and grants from Japan, China, and Bangladesh. Her first publication titled “Maksuda Iqbal Nipa - Episodes of her Gaze” has been published by Cosmos Books, Bangladesh.
Of a Painter of Shapeless Color
Faizul Latif Chowdhury, Director General Bangladesh National Museum
There is no denying that painters are of different types, paintings too. The act of painting is essentially one of playing with lines, dots, and colors; however, what all artists invariably tend to produce are shapes: shapes that may be as familiar as a photographic shot, or as abstract as Euclidian geometry. In a bid to categorize her one can certainly say that painter Maksuda Iqbal Nipa is an abstract painter in her extreme but she has absolutely no penchant for any shape and distinguishes herself thereby. In her creative style, she is truly radical; radical but awfully impressive—to say the least. One must have a keen eye to be comfortable with her vibrant aesthetic, captured in works which are deeply enigmatic. Her amazing strokes of colors within the bounds of a frame often carry captions like ‘Sound from my Palette’ or ‘Unseen Creatures’— which are intriguing like Paul Simon’s famous oxymoron ‘sound of silence.’ It will not be demeaning to say that many will fall speechless standing in front of her canvas, unable to decipher any meaning. But Maksuda Iqbal Nipa’s works communicate before they are understood. I have not seen her in action; got no clue how she creates images by spitting specks of color, not to speak of how her imagination finds life in a labyrinthine sprinkling of colors. But the mind that works behind must be a hell of imaginative. She endows us with the meaning of color that transcends our expectations. Also, one can smell a sense of purity in her creative world not very common among painters—akin to the purity of an unbloomed flower. She is one of those rare painters who open new windows— who teach us new ways of seeing.