Dilara Begum Jolly’s work fascinates with its extraordinarily rich imagery and eloquence. Deeply stirred by strife, political turmoil and gender identity, she has produced a profoundly thoughtful body of work in paintings, drawings, sculptures, needle piercings on photographs and on film.
Jolly was born in Chittagong in 1960. Following her graduation from Chittagong Government Art College in 1981, she received a master’s degree in 1984 from the Institute of Fine Arts in Dhaka and a post diploma degree from Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, in 1991. She received the Zainul Abedin Award at the Government Art College in Chittagong in 1981, the Honourable Mention Award in the 12th National Art Exhibition in 1996 and the Bengal Foundation Award in the 15th National Art Exhibition in 2002. She is a freelance artist who lives and works in Chittagong.