[ Exhibition at Bengal ]
1. Rhythms of Figures, Forms and Nature
2. Rooted Creativity 11
3. His Light, His Shadow
Abdur Razzaque
Abdur Razzaque / আবদুর রাজ্জাক
Born in 1932 at Shariatpur, Bangladesh
Died in 2005
1947 : Passed matriculation from Faridpur High School
1949 : Passed Intermediate in Science (I. Sc.) from Rajendra College, Faridpur, and was placed in the Second Division
1949 : Moved from Faridpur to Dhaka. Gained admission into the Govt. Institute of Arts
1954 : Graduated in Fine Art and was placed in the First Class
1954-55 : Served as Artist-cum-Museum Curator, Malaria Research Institute, Dhaka
1955-56 : Received Fulbright Scholarship for post-grad­uate studies in Fine Arts at the State University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA
1956-57 : Received International Scholarship and Research Assistantship in Fine Arts at the State University Iowa
1957 : Attended Drawing Workshop organized by Professor James Leachey, Art Students League, New York
1957 : Obtained Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree (with thesis) from the State University of Iowa. Worked under Professor Mauricio Lasansky and Humbert Albrizio
1957 : Returned to Dhaka via Europe after comple­ting study in the US
1958 : Appointed Teacher, Government Institute of Arts, Dhaka
1961 : Married Mustari Begum (daughter of Zahedur Rahim and a niece of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin)
1962 : Birth of first son, Asif Ahmed Anu
1963 : Established Sculpture Department in the East Pakistan College of Arts and Crafts (former Government Institute of Arts)
1964 : Birth of second son, Arif Ahmed Tonu
1964 : Death of mother
1966 : Birth of daughter, Rumana Shumi
1972 : Death of father
1983-85 : Principal of East Pakistan College of Arts and Crafts. Later, Director in­charge, Institute of Fine Arts (after it became an institute under the University of Dhaka)
1989 : Death of second son Arif Ahmed Tonu
1991 : Appointed Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka
1993 : Retired as Professor
1993-98 : Reappointed as Professor on 5-year arrangement under new rules of the University of Dhaka
1998 : Full retirement from the University.
1998-02 : Part time teacher, Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka
2002-03 : Visit to the USA
2005 : Appointed supernumerary Teacher, Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka
2005 : 23 October, died of heart failure at Jessore where he had gone to conduct a workshop. Later buried at Banani Graveyard, on his son Tonu's grave


During his 50 year career as an artist, Abdur Razzaque had eight one-man shows and participated in over 75 group shows at home and abroad. These include 15 National Exhibitions held since 1975 and 10 International Asian Biennales held since 1981, organized by the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, and 26 Annual Grand Shows of Reputed Artists held at the Saju Art Gallery in Dhaka since 1977


1952 : Bennington, USA (40 works)
1967 : Teheran, Iran, Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey (CENTO Cultural Programme, 38 works)
1978 : Dhaka, Retrospective One-man Show, organized by the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (Sculpture, painting, graphics, and drawing, 100 works)
1994 : Dhaka, La Gallery (35 works)
1995 : Dhaka 40 Years, Exhibition of Paintings by Abdur Razzaque, Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka (85 works)
2003 : Dhaka, Gallery Chitrak (70 works)

Major Group Shows

(including 2-man, 3-man and other group, national and international shows)
1951 : 1st exhibition of Dacca Art Group, Lytton Hall, Dhaka University
1954 : All Pakistan Art Exhibition, Burdwan House, Dhaka
1955 : Iowa Art Department, Iowa City, USA
1956 : 21 st National Show (of USA and Canada), Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA (as a Member or the Iowa Print Group)
1957 : Mobile show with American artists, USA
1958 : Show by Three Contemporary Artists (Aminul Islam, Abdur Razzaque and Rashid Chowdhury), British Council, Dhaka
1960 : 3rd National Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi
1962 : School of Painting, German Cultural Institute, Dhaka
1964 : Two-man show (Abdur Razzaque and Kazi Abdul Baset), Gallery of Contemporary Art, Islamabad, Pakistan
1964 : Exhibition of Pakistan Art, New York World Fair
1964 : National Art Exhibition, Lahore, Pakistan
1965 : 16 Artists' Exhibition, East Pakistan College of Arts and Crafts, Dhaka
1966 : 5th Tehran Biennale, Iran
1968 : 7th anniversary exhibition of the Society of Contemporary Art, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
1969 : 8th anniversary exhibition of the Society of Contemporary Art Rawalpindi, Pakistan
1970 : Kalbaishakhi art exhibition, East Pakistan College of Arts and Crafts, Dhaka
1970 : Nabanna art exhibition organized by Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin, East Pakistan College of Arts and Crafts, Dhaka
1970 : Expo `70, Japan, Tokyo
1972 : Art Show at Asian Fair, New Delhi, India
1973 : Contemporary Art from Bangladesh, Calcutta, New Delhi and Bombay, India
1975 : 3rd Triennale, New Delhi, India
1975 : Life in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
1975-2002 : 1 st-15th National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
1976 : Sculpture in Bangladesh- 1st National Exhibition of Sculpture, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
1977 : Touring exhibition of art from Bangladesh, West Germany, Poland, Yugoslavia
1977-2002 : 26 Grand Shows of Reputed Bangladeshi and Foreign Artists, Saju Art Gallery
1978 : 4th Triennale, New Delhi, India
1978 : Contemporary Art of Bangladesh, Collectors' Exhibiton, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
1980 : Contemporary Asian Art show, Fukuoka, Japan
1981 : The Sixth Festival of Asian Art, Hong Kong
1981-2001 : l st-10th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh
1982 : 5th Triennale, New Delhi, India
1983 : 2nd National Sculpture Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
1983 : Renowned Artists' Art Exhibition, Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka
1984 : Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangshad Nababarsha Charukala Pradarshani 1391, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
1985 : 2nd (Bangla) New Year's Art Exhibition 1392, Dhaka
1985-94 : Contemporary Art of Bangladesh, (1985) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; (1988) Fukuoka, Japan; (1989) Beijing, Tanjin, China; (1990) Harare, Zimbabwe; (1990) Brussels, Belgium; (1994) Germany
1990 : The Art of Bangladesh, New Delhi and Calcutta, India
1992 : Commitment Art and Environment exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
1993 : Group Sculpture Show, Alliance Francaise
1995 : Cultural Exchange Programme Art Exhibition, Delhi and Calcutta, India
1996 : Indian Embassy exhibition Arpan, Dhaka
2000 : Gallery Chitrak Inauguration Show, Dhaka
2000 : Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangshad 1st National Biennale, Bangladesh National Museum
2001 : Rythm of Line- Exhibition of Drawings by Fourteen Artists, Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka
2001 : Cityscap, Shilparag Gallery, Dhaka
2003 : Sunderbans: Beauty in Silence, Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka

Honours and Awards

1960 : Award in Graphic Medium, All Pakistan National Show
1985 : Mymensingh Sahitya Sangshad Honour for Painting and Sculpture 1984-85
1989 : Ekushe Padak (highest national award) for contribution in Fine Arts, Govt of Bangladesh
1989 : Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangshad Award commemorating Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin's 74th birth anniversary
1990 : Greater Faridpur District Honour for Painting and Sculpture
1993&99 : Member, Jury Committee, 6th and 9th Asian Biennale, Dhaka


1956 : 30 ft x 5 ft mural at the International House, Iowa City, USA
1972 : 10 ft sculpture, Shaheen, for Bangladesh Air Force, Dhaka
1972 : 42 ft (18 ft figure) war memorial sculpture, Freedom Fighter, for Bangladesh Army, Joydevpur, Dhaka; 32 ft (12 ft figure) sculpture, Anushilan, for Jalalabad Cantonment, Sylhet; 3 ft sculpture, Freedom Fighter, for Rajshahi University Museum, Rajshahi
1996 : 18 ft x 13 ft mural (mixed media) wood and metal, for Bangladesh Bank, Rajshahi


Art Council, Karachi, Pakistan Council, Lahore; National Collection of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy; Bangladesh National Museum; Bengal Foundation; Asiatic Society of Bangladesh; Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts; Banga Bhaban; Different Bangladesh embassies and other private Collections at home and abroad

Memberships and other Professional Involvement

1962-83 : Part-time teacher in Architecture Department, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka; In-charge of decoration, gallery display etc. in the 2nd SAF Games, Dhaka, 1985, and 6th SAF Games, 1989, Dhaka
1995 : Conducted first Sculpture Workshop organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy; Edited several books on art published by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Bangla Academy ; Member, Advisory Board, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy ; Member, Board of Trustees, Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka ; Member, Board of Trustees, Bangladesh Folk Art and Crafts Foundation, Sonargaon ; Member, Academic Council, Bangladesh Open University; Served as member of the Syllabus Committee, Examination Committee and Selection Committee for Fine Arts in different universities; Member, Museum Committee, Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Dhaka ; Life Member, Bangladesh Itihash Parishad Member, Bangladesh Charushilpi Sangshad


1955-57 : Various art centers, museums and art galleries and places of interest in USA, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy
1967 : Visited Teheran, Ankara and Istanbul under CENTO Cultural Programme
1975 : Visited Calcutta, Elephanta, Bombay, Ajanta, Ellora, and other places of India, USSR (Lelingrad, Moscow, Tiblish, Taskent, Samarkhand) as cultural delegate
1989 : Visited Beijing and Tiensin, China, as a cultural delegate Also visited Hong Kong and Bangkok
2002-03 ; Visited USA


1955 : Introducing the Art of Pakistan, lecture delivered at the International Fulbright Students Conference in Bennington
1956 : Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Thesis, Manual for a Contemporary Print Workshop in the Far East, at the State University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA
1957 : শিল্পকলা : এচিং প্রক্রিয়ার বিভিন্ন পর্যায়, সমকাল (সিকান্দর আবু জাফর সম্পাদিত), প্রথম বর্ষ তৃতীয় সংখ্যা, কার্তিক ১৩৬৪
1959 : লোকশিল্প : পূর্ব পাকিস্তানের পরিপ্রেক্ষিতে, লোকশিল্প প্রদর্শনী স্যুভেনির, শিল্প ও সংস্কৃতি পরিষদ, সেপ্টেম্বর ১৯৫৯
1973 : পিকাসোর শ্রেষ্ঠতম প্রদর্শনী, গণসাহিত্য, প্রথম বর্ষ, ১০ম সংখ্যা, ১৩৮০ (মে-জুন ১৭৭৩)
1979 : বাংলাদেশের ভাস্কর্যশিল্প শিল্পকলা (বাংলাদেশ শিল্পকলা একাডেমীর ষান্মাসিক পত্রিকা) ২য় বর্ষ ১ম সংখ্যা, গ্রীষ্ম ১৩৮৫
1984 : January; Lecture delivered at the American Graphics Show, Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka
1986 : 7-8 April : Report on the Status of Bangladesh Art, paper read at a seminar, 3rd Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh
1987 : September : Sculpture: Varied Style and Form, Bangladesh Quarterly, Vol. 7 No. 3, (Autumn)
Selected Publications on Abdur Razzaque
1974 : Abdur Razzaque, by Borhanuddin Khan Jahangir, in Contemporary Painting: Bangladesh, published by Bangla Academy, Dhaka
1978 : Abdur Razzaque, Contemporary Art series of Bangladesh- 10, edited by M. Asafuddowla, introduction by Nazrul Islam, published by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
1993 : Abdur Razzaque, by Nazrul Islam, in 9 Modern Artists in Bangladesh, edited by Subir Choudhury, published by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1995 : ঢাকা ৪০ বছর : শিল্পী আবদুর রাজ্জাকের চিত্রকলা, ঢাকা স্মৃতি, সম্পাদক হাশেম খান, প্রকাশক ঢাকা নগর যাদুঘর
1995 : আবদুর রাজ্জাক : একজন আধুনিক শিল্পী, সমকালীন শিল্প ও শিল্পী, নজরুল ইসলাম, প্রকাশক বাংলাদেশ শিল্পকলা একাডেমী, ঢাকা।
2003 : Abdur Razzaque/ আবদুর রাজ্জাক, by Nazrul Islam, in Art of Bangladesh Series-7, published by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
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