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Najma Akther Biography

Najma Akther is a modern artist from Bangladesh and is one of those few whose forte are abstract paintings.  She was born on February 14, 1959. An MFA from the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, Najma Akther has exhibited around the globe her expressive paintings, which mostly are acrylic on paper or canvas. Originally a student of Oriental Arts, an area where too she received great appreciation, Najma Akther started experimenting with abstract visual language in 2003 and toured since with her vibrant collection to a number of places like Penang, Malaysia to Patras, Greece. She has been a member of the jury of an international art expo in Sofia, Bulgaria. The artist is also an assistant professor of secondary and higher secondary level fine arts in the University Laboratory School and College.  Institute of Education Research.D.U. She used to write distinctive art reviews for reputed dailies before concentrating solely on her paintings. Her works are in collections of a number of organisations (including government offices,National Musium  Shilpakala academy,banks and diplomatic missions) and private collectors, home and aboard. Najma has recieved second prize in Bulgaria’s prestigious International Mixed Media Exhibition and Poet Abdul Hai mashreky Gold Medal  .

Born:                          February 14, 1959

Present Position:        Assistant Professor

University Laboratory School and College

Institute of Education Research, University of Dhaka


1997: MFA, Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

2000: Bachelor of Education, National University


International painting symposiums by Zervas Art Gallery , Patras, Greece

A number of workshops in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh


1989 : Rashid Chowdhury Memorial Award, Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka

1981 & 1982 : Media Best in Oriental Painting, Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka

2016: Second prize in Bulgeria’s International Mixed Media Exhibition

2017 ; Receive Poet  Abdul Hai Mashreky Gold medal .

Solo Exhibitions:

2015:”Song From The Abyss”  The Mile End Art  Pavilion , Clinton Road ,London

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2014 :” Soil of Soul ” The Art Gellary in City Centre Agartala  ,Trupura India

2014: “Fragments  of  The Unknown ” Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka

2011:  “Lost and Found”, Atelier de Erich Paproth, Berlin, Germany.

2011: “Escaping Shadows”, Zainul Gallery, Faculty  of  Fine Arts , Dhaka University


2011 . “The Language of Silence”, Academy of  Fine Arts, Kolkata, India.

2010: “Secret Notations”, Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, Kolkata, India

2008: “Memories & Desire”, Alliance Française de  Dhaka

2008: “The Soul’s Location”  Adiwarna Gallary ,  School of Arts  University  Sains Malayasia, Penang  Malaysia

2006:   “In Colours. In Letters”, Shilpangan Gallery, Dhaka