Beautifully illustrated, this is the first volume in a world first series of volumes dedicated to the 'Contemporary Masters of Bangladesh'. Kazi Ghiyasuddin (Madaripur, Bangladesh, 1951) has been living between Bangladesh and Japan since 1975, when he took up a scholarship at the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo. He draws his inspiration from nature to project his desire for harmony and peace on richly textured canvases, which resonate with delicate, inwardly expanding applications of paint. While Ghiyasuddin has consistently displayed a refined urban sensibility which is at home in any international environment, he has put a premium value on expropriating colours, motifs and themes that typify the essential Bengali aesthetic. His early works employ bustling colours with rich tonal variations and bright visual fields. About 20 years ago, he adopted a new style. At that stage he erased his earlier canvases by painting over them with white, light grey and light blue. He is concerned as peace wanes in urbanised parts of the world and believes that nature is the ultimate destination for peace.
Ghiyasuddin's genre of work is abstract, with finely sketched figures or objects on the canvas.
The Bengal Foundation in Dhaka was established by art connoisseur Abul Khair in the late 1980s, as a private trust dedicated to the promotion and development of art and culture in Bangladesh. Its aim is to encourage a regional exchange of ideas and practices and to present Bangladesh's cultural heritage to the world. The Foundation is currently building the largest private arts museum in South Asia on the banks of the Bangshi River in Bangladesh. Its own Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, regularly showcases the works of this country's great masters and contemporary artists. Rosa Maria Falvo is a writer and curator specializing in Asian contemporary art. She curates exhibitions of the work of a variety of contemporary artists from this region.