Imtiaj Shohag

Biography

Imtiaj Shohag is an internationally acclaimed Paris-based Bangladeshi artist. Born in Bangladesh in  1973. He has obtained a diploma (BFA. stud first class, first) at the Institute of Fine Arts in Dhaka, he  was awarded a grant by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to continue his studies in France in  2000. He spent a year at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Aix-en-Provence (South of France), then was  accepted into the prestigious Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs(National Superior School of Arts) in Paris and graduated in 2004 in Art-Espace (pass with honors 70-80%). From 2002 to 2004,  he was resident in the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.  

He has been living and working in Paris since 2002.  

Selected Exhibitions

2020-21 Two men show « permanent collections » Gallery Fluide, Castle of Chémery. France 2019 – 2020 Promenade Artistique de Molineuf,“ Artistic walk of Molineuf ” France 2017 Duet “ Si loin Si Proche” Gallery Fluide, Château de Chemery, Loire valley, France  2016 Solo”Destruction/ (Re)-Construction” Shilpangan Gallery. Dhaka , Bangladesh.  2014 Nomination and Exhibitionat 18th Antoine Marin Prize -Paris,France  

2013 Solo Ministry of Finance’s Cultural Center “Water and its Splendors” – Paris,France  2012 Solo L’eau – delà “The Water Beyond” La Galerie, Alliance Française de Dhaka. Bangladesh.  2010 Solo exhibition in the Goutte de Terre Gallery – Paris.France Exhibition in the GMBA Baker Tilly –  Paris.France  

2009 Solo exhibition at the International Conference Centre in Geneva as part of the “Disaster  Prevention” conference. Swizerland.  

  • Exhibition at the UNESCO headquarters – Paris.France  
  • Exhibition in the GMBA Baker Tilly – Paris.France  
  • Participation in the “Frigo-Art” event on the Pont des Arts – Paris.France  
  • Participation in the “Affordable Art Fair” – Paris.France  

2005 Solo exhibition at the National Museum in Dhaka ,Bangladesh: he sold a painting to the  collection.  

2003 Representing Bangladesh at the Emaar International Art Symposium – Dubai.

2002 Solo exhibition at the Cité Internationale des Arts – Paris.France  

 “Artistes du Monde” exhibition in the Bernanos Gallery – Paris.France  

1999-2006 Exhibition at Dhaka Alliance française, The 9th, 10th and 12th Asian Art Biennial.  Bangladesh.  

Since 2013 he is working as an Visual art teacher at association Art-Exprim- Paris, France. He has  collaborated with Jean de Loisy, Curator at the Centre Georges Pompidou ( Paris.France) for the  design of future exhibition. He collaborated on drawing with Yves Ollier, designer and  decorator( Disneyland Resort Paris,France).  

He was awarded several times in France. 2nd prize da Silva ENSAD-Paris2002, France. 3rd Public prize  in the exhibition of young artiste “H20” Vichy, France 2000. In Bangladesh he was awarded in 1995,1996 and 1997 to “Zainul abedin “ Gold Medal” elected project of the year, at the annual Art Exhibition of Institute of Fine Arts Dhaka, Bangladesh. 2nd& 3rdHuman Figure, Landscape Award in Oil Painting in “International Miniature Art”, organized by Gallery Tone Dhaka, Bangladesh-1998.

ARTWORK CONCEPT

The coronavirus pandemic has transformed the economic, social and cultural landscapes of every country on  earth. France too has had its share of upheavals. Cities have been locked down, bars and restaurants have  been shuttered and people have been forced to take shelter inside their homes. Paris, usually a very crowded city, wore a deserted look as its inhabitants and tourists kept themselves away from its streets. 

Nature, however, has given itself a makeover. In the absence of carbon emission and discharge of industrial  waste, nature has healed. The flora in the deserted countryside has been able to flourish freely. 

I live in Paris and I teach visual arts in the city but I paint in a studio set up in a rural retreat. Looking at the  unthinkable emptiness created by the pandemic, painfully reflected by the barren Paris, and then at nature  which seems eternal in its springy rejuvenation, I felt conflicting emotions that I wanted to record in a series  of paintings. But at the end, what enlivened my paintings was a resurgence of hope. Things will change, my  paintings told me, the world will be beautiful again. 

All the works in the series are in the same format. I work with encaustic, hot wax and apply the pigment  technique, transforming a hyperreal subject at the start of the process into a blurry pattern in places. In the  process, the paintings introduce a doubt in the minds of the viewers about what they really perceive, in the  same way that they could hardly believe what was going on around them in the thick of the pandemic. The series narrates the silent story of the paradox between dead looking cities and reborn nature filled with  life and hope, a unique situation worldwide in the history of humanity. Is it the beginning of a new era?  Who knows!

Artwork

Espoir du Futur, 2020

Espoir du Futur, 2020

Media: Hot wax, mineral, organic and metallic pigment (encaustic) on canvas mountedon panel
Size: 23 3/5 × 31 1/2 inches /  60 × 80 cm