Selected Artists of Bangladesh

Kanak Chanpa Chakma (b. 1963)

From her early days, Kanak Chanpa Chakma has been experimenting with a range of styles and expressive modes--from realistic to abstract and nonrepresentational. The hills, valleys, lakes and human figures represented in her paintings belong to the Chittagong Hill Tracts, where she was born and raised. Kanak saw from close quarters the dislocation and suffering of the people of the Hill Tracts which she projects in her work. This has resulted in her work becoming more realistic with time. Whether drawing-based or colour-based, her work explores cultural and psychological spaces, where time is an urgent presence.