Qayyum was born in Daudkandi, Bangladesh, in 1952. Skilled in drawing, his love for nature is portrayed in the trees, buds, weeds and botanical elements which have found a place in his works. The painstaking precision with which his semi-realistic paintings are executed, is a measure of his deep involvement in the work.
Qayyum received his master’s degree in fine art from the University of Chittagong in 1975. Notable among his awards are Honourable Mention in the 10th National Art Exhibition (1992) and 12th National Art Exhibition (1996). K M A Qayyum is a retired faculty member of the Institute of Fine Art, University of Chittagong University.