Selected Artists of Bangladesh

Mohammad Kibria (1929-2011)

Mohammad Kibria is generally considered to be the father of modern abstract art in Bangladesh. The artist’s early works were largely influenced by the Neo-Bengal school, but Kibria’s interest soon shifted to expressionism and post-impressionism. Kibria spent several years in Japan between 1959 and 1962. There, he was exposed to museums where he could study the art of modern masters first hand. The Japanese lifestyle and aesthetics left an indelible mark on Kibria's life and was pivotal in the artist’s transition from a representational style to an nonrepresentational abstract one. According to KIbria, there is no success or failure for an artist; art is simply about expressing one’s inner feelings.