Safiuddin Ahmed

1942 : Graduated in Fine Arts from Government School of Art, Kolkata, India
1946 : Graduated in Teachership from the Department of Teacher’s Training, Government School of Art, Kolkata,                 India
1958 : Diploma with distinction in Etching & Engraving from Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, UK

Solo Exhibitions
1959 : New Vision Centre Art Gallery, London, UK
2008 : ‘The Limitless Luminosity of Line’, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2009 : ‘The Limitless Luminosity of Line’, Rabindranth Tagore Centre, Kolkata
2010 : ‘The Limitless Luminosity of Art’, A Retrospective of the Great Master, Part One; Bengal Gallery of Fine                       Arts, Dhaka
2010 : ‘The Limitless Luminosity of Art’, A Retrospective of the Great Master, Part Two; Bengal Gallery of Fine                        Arts, Dhaka

Major Group Exhibitions
1942-48 : Academy of Fine Arts and Crafts, Kolkata, India
1946 : International Contemporary Art Exhibition, New Delhi, India
: Exposition Internationale de Art Moderne, Musee d’ Art Moderne (UNESCO), Paris, France
1947 : Shilpakala Parishad, Patna, India
: Inter Asian Art Exhibition, New Delhi, India
: Contemporary Modern Indian Art Exhibition, India House, London, UK
1947-48 : Exhibition of Art of India and Pakistan 2400 B. C. to 1947 A. D., Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
1948 : Exhibition of Drawing & Painting of Bengal from 1900-1948, Singapore
1952 : Second Dhaka Art Group Exhibition, Lytton Hall, University of Dhaka
1953 : Third Dhaka Art Group Exhibition, Institute of Fine Arts ,Dhaka
1958 : International Triennale of Original Coloured Graphics, Switzerland
: Group show, Seventy Woodstock Gallery, London, UK
1959 : Royal Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers, R.W.S. Galleries, Seventy Seventh Annual Exhibition,                      London, UK
: The Royal Academy of Art One Hundred and Ninety First Exhibition, London, UK 962,‘64 & ’66 :                                  International Biennale Exhibition of Prints, Tokyo, Japan
1963 : Commonwealth Art Today Exhibition, London, UK
1965 : 16 Artists Art Exhibition, East Pakistan College of Arts & Crafts, Dhaka
1966 : 5th Tehran Biennale, Iran
1973 : Contemporary Art of Bangladesh Exhibition, Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai, India
1975-02 : 1st–14th National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1977-78 : Contemporary Graphic Arts of Bangladesh Exhibition, Poland, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria
1977-02 : 26 Grand Group Exhibition of Reputed Bangladeshi & Foreign Artists, Saju Art Gallery, Dhaka
1979 : Arts of Bengal – The Heritage of Bangladesh and Eastern India, White Chapel Art Gallery, London, UK
1980 : Contemporary Art of Bangladesh, 6th Arts Festival, Hong Kong
1981-01 : 1s-8th & 10th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1983 : Graphic Prints Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1984 : Bengali New Year Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangsad, Dhaka
1989 : Contemporary Arts of Bangladesh, Kolkata, India
1990 : Exhibition of Contemporary Art of Bangladesh, Harare, Zimbabwe
1993 : Contemporary Graphic Art of Bangladesh, Kolkata, India
: Art Exhibition on the Liberation War, La Galerie, Dhaka
1995 : The Pioneer Artists of Bangladesh Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1997 : Bangladesh Painting Exhibition, Sultanate of Oman
2000 : Inaugural Exhibition of Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka
2000 : ‘Dighal’ Painting Exhibition of Six Eminent Artists of Bangladesh, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka
: First Biennale Art Exhibition, Bangladesh National Museum, Bangladesh Charushilpai Sangsad, Dhaka
2001 : ‘Rhythm of Line’ – Drawing Exhibition by Fourteen Artists, Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka
: Contemporary Art of Bangladesh Trends, High Commission of India, Dhaka
2002 : Six Eminent Contemporary Printmakers, Alliance Francaise de Dacca, Bangladesh
2003 : Four Pioneer Printmakers of Bangladesh, Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka
2007 : An Exhibition of Still Life by Six Painters, Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka
Honours and Awards
1945 : Academy President’s Gold Medal, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, India
1946 : First Prize for ‘Happy Home’ (Black & White) International Contemporary Art Exhibition, All-India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi, India
1947 : First Prize for ‘Santal Maiden’ (Black & White, Etching & Drawing), Inter-Asian Art Exhibition, All-India                    Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi, India
: ‘Darvanga Maharaja’s Gold Medal’, Shilpakala Parishad, Patna, India
1963 : President’s Medal for Pride of Performance in Fine Arts, Pakistan
1978 : ‘Ekushey Padak’ (Award for Contribution in Fine Arts), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
1984 : ‘Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangsad Honour’, Dhaka
1985 : Fellow, Bangla Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1996 : ‘Independence Day Award’ (Highest Civilian Award), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
: University of Dhaka Alumni Association Honour on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the University                   of Dhaka
1998 : 50th Anniversary of Fine arts in Bangladesh Honour by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
2000 : Rishiz Shilpi Goshthi Award, Dhaka

1986 : Publication of Postal Department Commemorative Stamp of the painting titled ‘Fishing Net’ on the occasion              of the 3rd Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh
1997 : Publication of Folio titled ‘The Graphic Prints of Safiuddin Ahmed’, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
2002 : Publication of book titled ‘Safiuddin Ahmed’, by Mahmud Al Zaman, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy,                         Dhaka
2008 : Publication of Folio titled ‘Drawings of Safiuddin Ahmed’, Bengal Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Positions Held
1946-47 : Teacher of Lithography, Government School of Arts, Kolkata, India
: Member of Council, All-India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi, India
1948 : Founder Member, Government Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka
1948-79 : Head of the Department of Printmaking, Government Institute of Art and Crafts, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Library of Congress, Washington, USA, Non-Alliance Art Gallery,
Titograd, Belgrade; Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan;
Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka; Bangladesh
Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka; Bengal Foundation, Dhaka; Embassy
of Japan, Dhaka, and many institutional and private collections
at home and abroad.

He passed away in May 20, 2012


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