Aminul Islam

A modernist painter and mosaicist, Aminul Islam (b. 1931, Dhaka, d. 2011), is also the forerunner of critical writing on art and aesthetics. After graduation from the Government Art Institute in Dhaka in 1953, he moved to Florence for higher study in art. Between 1953 and 1956 he participated in many group shows in Europe. He began to chart a new course that took him beyond sterile conventions to modernist expressions with forms, colour and perspective. His left-leaning ideologies would not allow him to entirely banish figures from his canvas. An autobiographical streak runs through many of his early works. In course of time his work became increasingly geometrically organized. Aminul taught at the art institute for 28 years and retired as Principal in 1984. He received the Grand Imperial Prize at the 5th Tehran Biennale (1966), Bangladesh Shipakala Academy Award in the 2nd National Art Exhibition (1976), the Ekushey Padak (1981), the Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangsad Honour (1985) and the Independence Day Award (1988). To mark the 50th anniversary of fine art in the country, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy conferred a special award on Aminul Islam in 1998. Aminul authored a biographical essay and in his writings, critiqued the development of art in the region. A book of his drawing and art writing titled Aminul Islam: Drawing and Art Writing 1950-2000 edited by Osman Jamal was published by Bengal Foundation in 2002.
Aminul Islam passed away in July 2011, leaving behind a courageous legacy for successive generations.

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