Sheikh Afzal Hossain
A leading realist painter in Bangladesh, Sheikh Afzal Hossain was raised in Jhenaidah, in the south west of the country, where he had ample opportunity to observe greenery and foliage, riverine life and bucolic panoramas. He is constantly stirred by the memories of rural life. Ordinary village folk, women and children have found a place in his canvas.
Hossain enrolled in the College of Art and Crafts in Dhaka and was fortunate to have Mohammad Kibria, Abdul Baset and Rafiqun Nabi as his teachers. He received a scholarship and consequently left for Japan to pursue a master’s degree in the University of Tsukuba in 1983. After his return, he joined the Art College as a teacher. His works have been widely exhibited. Notable among Hossain’s awards are NHK Sai Sha Sho, Japan, 1992; Best Painting, Young Artists Exhibition, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, 1994; Honourable Mention 11th National Art Exhibition Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, 1996; Shorei Sho, Nikikai, Central Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 1994; 12th National Art exhibition, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, 1996; AIEJ Japan Fellowship, 1999; Uni Group Award 18th National Art Exhibition Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, 2000.