Kazi Ghiyasuddin has crafted a profound visual language based on mutability, change and nostalgia. While echoing his teacher and mentor Mohammad Kibria’s deeper inner pursuit, we find in Ghiyasuddin an articulation of sentiments which value truth above beauty, and joy above learning. He has forged a spiritually fulfilling dialogue with nature. The canvas becomes a site for consecration through the elegant mingling of colours and shapes, use of signs, runes and scribbles, and an expansive vastness which allows the viewer to relish the result of years of patient contemplation, unparalleled sensitivity, and dedication to one’s craft. The nuanced relationships speak of a deliberate ambiguity which is perhaps aimed at sidelining the horrors of the contemporary world and seeking solace in nature’s wondrous capacity for renewal.
Ghiyasuddin was born in Madaripur, Bangladesh, in 1951. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, in 1970. Soon after he left for Japan under a scholarship to pursue a master’s degree and then a Ph. D in Art from the National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo. He gained acceptance in Tokyo and his international renown flourished. Although Ghiyasuddin now spends most of his time in Tokyo, he chooses to spend the monsoon-laden summer months in his studio in Dhaka. The Japanese government honoured him with the Emperor’s Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, in 2018.