RANJIT DAS, born at Tangail, Bangladesh. He has done M.F.A. in 1981 from University of Baroda, India. At present he is Lecturer at T.T. College, Dhaka. He focuses on the essences of nature, capturing the transformation and the abstraction into visual prose and poetic form. Ranjit’s figurative works have a touch of realism but a bit of a distorted look. He is now devising the figures, visages and various parts of the forms. “You can say it is an intense journey through experimentation.
From The Artist
In my paintings, I focus on different essences of nature, the transformation, the abstraction, while combining prose and poetic forms, and thus the form and content. For example, the man and his substance, his behavior and nature, his past and present experiences.
I always try to seek and add something new to my paintings. While painting, I think of color, space, and spontaneity in my aesthetic pursuit. In my paintings, the schematic language and the space both symbolizes the steadiness of life, with accent-less sound and the unsteadiness of life, with jumping and falling sound. To me, paintings must express its beauty and fragrance in its own way, own form and own color. It must come almost effortlessly from one’s soul.
From the past, great masters like Rembrandt, Matisse, Mondrian, Picasso, and Van Gogh have inspired me. In present time, Far Eastern, Indian, and Middle Eastern paintings, music, dance and poetry helps me challenge my work and inject ideas for growth. As for the future, modern art in forms of video and installations are fascinating to me.
T.T. College, Dhaka
Born in 1956 at Tangail, Bangladesh
1975 : BFA, Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, (presently Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka), Dhaka
1981 : MFA under Prof. K G Subramaniam, MS University, Baroda, India.
Major Solo Exhibitions
1981 : Govt. Art College, Dhaka
1996 : Center Art Gallery, Kolkata, India
2000 : Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka
2002 : Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2003-04 : Shilpangan Art Gallery, Dhaka
2004 : Gallery Gora, Montreal, Canada
2006 : Kunj Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan
2007 : ICCR Art Gallery, Hyderabad, India, organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations
2007 : Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India, organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relation
2008 : Symphony in Drawing, Shilpangan Art Gallery, Dhaka
2009 : Pathos, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka.
Major Group Exhibitions
1980-88 : All India Art Exhibition, Bombay Art Society, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1985-07 : National Art Exhibition and Young Painters Art Exhibition, organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
1982-02 : Contemporary Art Exhibition of Bangladesh in Bulgaria, India, Czechoslovakia, Malaysia, USA, China and France
1983-08:2th & 13th Asian Art Biennial Bangladesh
1986 : International Kuwait Art Biennial, Kuwait
1989 : Asian Art Show, Fukuoka Museum, Japan, Seoul, Korea
1999 : Indian Triennial International
1999 : Contemporary works of Bengali Artists, organized by Bengal Foundation at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Gallery
2001 : Contemporary Art of Bangladesh, organized by High Commission of India in Dhaka
2002-06 : The Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial
2002 : Art Exhibition of Bangladesh, Maison des Art Chatillon, France
2003 : Prachi-Protichee Indo-Bangladesh Art Exhibition, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai and Chittrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata
2006 : Visual Art Exhibition 15th Doha Asian Games, Qatar
2007 : MeghUtsav, Bharatiyam Complex, Saltlake, Kolkata
2007 : Two-man show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2008 : Bangladesh Contemporary Art Week, New York, organized by Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts
2008 : Art from a Vibrant Culture, Brussels, organized by Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts
2009 : Bangladesh Contemporary Art, Islamabad, Pakistan
2009 : Bangladesh Contemporary Art, Dubai
2009 : Bangladesh Contemporary Art, South Korea.
1975 : Best Award for Oil Painting, Annual Art Exhibition, Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Dhaka
1983 : Best Award for Oil Painting, Expo 5, Alliance Francaise de Chittagong
1985 : Best Award in Oil Painting, International Youth Art Exhibition, Bangladesh
1986 : Honourable Mention, Victory day Art Exhibition
1988 : Best Award in Oil Painting, 8 Young Artists Exhibition, Bangladesh
1990 : Honourable Mention, 9th National Art Exhibition
1991 : Honourable Mention, 5th Asian Art Biennial, Bangladesh
1992 : 2nd Award, 18th International Miniature Show, Florida, USA
1995 : Grand Award, 7th Asian Biennial Bangladesh
2001 : Honourable Mention, 14th National Art Exhibition,Bangladesh
2002 : Honourable Mention, 15th National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh.
1995 : Mosaic Mural under artist Prof Aminul Islam at Bangladesh Bank Building, Dhaka.
Workshop, Seminars & Art Auction
1997 : Art Camp organized by Artisan in Dhaka; Art camp conducted by German artist JargBachlofer, organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1999 : Workshop on Contemporary Works of Bengali Artists, participated by 52 artists form West Bengal, India, and Bangladesh, organized by Bengal Foundation in Dhaka
2002 : Contemporary Asian Art workshop, participated by 77 artists, organized jointly by Bengal Foundation and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
2004 : Collage-Kalpa, art camp conducted by artist Monirul Islam, organized by Bengal Foundation in Dhaka
2005-06 : BaishakhiUtsav 1412 and 1413 art camp , organized by Bengal Foundation in Dhaka
2005 : Art Camp 2005, organized by Bengal Foundation at Florence, Italy
2006 : Dhaka Art Camp 2006, organized by Gallery Kaya at Jamuna Resort
2006 : Dhaka Art Camp 2006, organized by Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts at Bangshi Bari, Savar.
2006 : Rembrandt 400, art workshop organized jointly by Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art and the Netherlands Embassy
2007 : Art Auction conducted by Nayang Primary School, Singapore
2008 : Art Camp in Kuakata, organized by WBL, Bangladesh
2008 : Art Camp in Saint Martain, organized by Labaid, Bangladesh.
National Art Gallery, Dhaka; Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan; National Museum, Dhaka; Military Academy, Chittagong, Bangladesh; BangaBhaban (President’s House), Dhaka, Bangladesh; Bengal Foundation, Dhaka; Tama Art University Museum, Japan; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Center Art Gallery, Kolkata; Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata; Galerie Gora, Montreal, Canada; Nayang Primary School, Singapore.