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Mohammad Kibria

Born : 1929, Birbhum, West Bengal, India
Died : 7th June, 2011, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Graduated in Painting from the College of Arts and Crafts, Calcutta, India, 1950;
Studied Painting and Graphics at Tokyo University of Fine Arts, Japan, 1959-62


First Prize in Painting, National Exhibition of Art; Starlem Award, First Young Asian Artist Exhibition, Tokyo, 1957 & 1959;
All Japan Print Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan, 1960;
President's Medal for Pride of Performance in Painting, 1969
Ekushe Padak (Bangladesh's highest civilian award for contribution in the field of arts), 1983
Bangladesh Charu Shilpi Sangsad Award, 1985
Independence Day Award, 1999

Positions held

Taught at the Government Institute of Fine Arts (presently Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka), Bangladesh for 45 years and retired as Professor in 1994.

Noted artist and one of the pioneers of modern art movement in Bangladesh Mohammad Kibria died at a city hospital 7th June, 2011.
He was 82.

Kibria was ailing from age-related complications, and admitted to Square Hospital recently.
Reserved, modest and at times seemingly reclusive, Kibria was a dedicated teacher and a spiritual artist.

He was born in Birbhum (West Bengal, British India) in 1929.
After completing graduation in Painting from College of Arts and Crafts, Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, he moved to Dhaka in 1951 and started his career as an art teacher at the Nawabpur High School.

He joined as a teacher at the Government College of Arts and Crafts (currently Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka) in 1954.

Kibria studied Painting and Graphics at Tokyo University of Fine Arts (1959-62) as well.
He taught at Faculty of Fine Arts for 45 years and retired as Professor in 1994.

The artist focused on colors and textures and gradually moved to experimenting with pure geometrical forms. His works underscore the inner journey.

The painter exhibited his works at home and abroad (Brazil, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, UK, France etc).

Kibria had received Ekushey Padak in 1983; Bangladesh Charu Shilpi Sangsad Award in 1985 and Independence Day Award in 1999.

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