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Monsur Ul Karim

Present Position

Dept. of Fine Arts
Chittagong University

Born in 1950 at Rajbari, Bangladesh


1974 : M. A. in Fine Arts, Chittagong University;
1972 : B. F. A. Institute of Fine Arts (presently Faculty of Fine Arts), University of Dhaka


2009 : 'Ekushey Padak' (highest civilian award for contribution in Fine Arts) from the Govt. of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
1994 : Grand Award, 8th Indian Triennial International, New Delhi, organized by Lalit Kala Academy, India;
1993 : Grand Award, 6th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1987 : 2nd Prize for Sculpture, organized by Chittagong Port Authority, Chittagong
1981 : Bata International Prize, organized by Bata Bangladesh
1977 : 1st Prize- Shadhinata Dibas Art Competition, Dhaka, organized by Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
1975 : 2nd Prize for Painting, organized by Alliance Francaise de Chittagong

Solo Exhibitions

2009 : The Saga of the Padma, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka
2005 : TIC, Chittagong
2004 : Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka
1999 : Divine Art Gallery, Dhaka
1999 : Chitrakut Art Gallery, Kolkata, India
1996 : Shilpangan Gallery, Dhaka
1993 : Bangladesh Shishu Academy
1991 : Watercolors, District Shilpakala Academy, Chittaong
1990 : Drawings, District Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong
1988 : Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1987 : Divine Art Gallery, Dhaka
1983 : District Shilpakala Academy, Chittagong
1981 : Chittagong Club, Chittagong & Chittagong Port Club, Chittagong
1976 : Chattagram Kala Bhaban, Chittagong
1972 : Officers Club, Sylhet

Major Group Exhibitions

2008 : Bangladesh Art Exhibition in NY and Brussels, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts
2008 : Indian High Commission of Chittagong, Chittagong
2008-1991 : 1st – 13th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
2007-1977 : Bangladesh Art Exhibition in Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Iran, Nepal, China, Germany and Africa
2007-1975 : 1st – 17th National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
2006 : Artists from Sub-continent, Denmark; Contemporary Art Exhibition, Chittagong
2005 : Hyogo International Competition of Painting, Japan
2003 : Bengal Foundation Asian Art Workshop 2002, National Art Gallery, Dhaka
2003 : Bangladeshi Artist's Painting Exhibition, Indian High Commission, Dhaka
2002 : Art Quest Exhibition, O Gallery, Japan and National Museum, Dhaka; Selected artists of Japan and Bangladesh, Chua Art Gallery, Japan; Osaka Triennial International, Osaka, Japan
1999 : Bengal Foundation Contemporary Works of Bengali Artists, National Art Gallery, Dhaka
1998 : 12th International Biennial, Kuwait
1994 : Osaka Triennial International, Osaka, Japan; Indian Triennial International, New Delhi, India
1990 : Fukuoka Triennale, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan
1988 : Indian Triennial International, New Delhi, India
1977 : Contemporary Art of Bangladesh, Bonn & Munich, Germany; Contemporary Bangladesh Show, White Chapel Art Gallery, London
1976 : Drawing & Graphic Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1973 : Painters Group Exhibition, Dhaka

Art Camps/Workshops

2006 : Bengal Foundation Art Camp in Italy, with artists from India and Bangladesh
2002 : Bengal Foundation Asian Art Workshop, Rajendrapur, Dhaka
1999 : Bengal Foundation Contemporary Bengali Artists Art Camp, Dhaka
1998 : Conducted painting workshop organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1997 : Attended Art Camp participated by Indian and Bangladeshi artists in Kolkata, India
1996 : Conducted painting workshop organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka


Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi; Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka; Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka; Chittagong University Museum; Tribal Art Museum, Rangamati, Chittagong; Chitrakut Art Gallery, Kolkata; Bangladesh Bank, Dhaka; Berger Bangladesh Ltd., Dhaka; Bengal Foundation, Dhaka; Chittagong Port, Chittagong; Gono Bhaban, Dhaka; Saleh Group Limited; Duncan Bangladesh Ltd.; Shilpangan Art Gallery, Dhaka; Divine Art Gallery, Dhaka and many other private and institutional collections

Positions Held

Chairman, Dept. of Fine Arts, Chittagong University, 1992 - 1994


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