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It all started in my childhood. I marveled at my fatherís paintings and it motivated me to begin expressing myself artistically. In elementary school, I began entering fine art contests and in the second grade, I won both the district and national level competitions. Many of my teachers, most importantly my father, were immensely supportive, which made me feel more confident to pursue my dream of being an artist.
Do you have any formal training in painting or did you just naturally fall into it?
Well, every artist has a given amount of talent. I wonít say Iím a genius, but when it comes to art, I feel I have had a connection to it for as long as I can remember. As far as formal training goes, when I passed my HSC exam in 2009, I enrolled into the University of Chittagongís Fine Arts Department. I studied there for two years and in March 2012, I came to the Yunnan Art University on an Art scholarship.
What is your preferred material of choice when it comes to painting?
I am comfortable using all materials, but due to some of the boundaries, I have to change my medium depending on the message I want to get across. For instance, when I paint landscapes, I prefer watercolours over oil, as it gives greater freedom to capture details, when portraying the sentiments of a said scenery. Though, when painting detailed portraits, I prefer oil over water because of the realism that can only be achieved with oil colours.
Can you share with us your inspirations? Furthermore, is there anyone in particular, who you look up to or has been influential in your life?
Since childhood, my family has always supported me at every stage. Moreover, many of my teachers have also been an enormous source of inspiration. Without their support; I wouldnít have been able to develop confidence and belief in myself, and neither been able to walk the path of an artist.
Would you like to share a few words with the upcoming painters?
Never let unfamiliarity discourage you; be it a different technique or even a new medium. The most important thing is to persist because in the end, if you donít try you wonít find the many amazing opportunities that lay ahead.
Share with us a few words about your current projects and future plans.
For me, the most important thing is to express myself, whilst using newer and sometimes foreign techniques and textures. Currently, Iím a Fine Arts student; therefore, I have to study hard. Communicating with artists from different backgrounds and cultures is a daily concern, because I am not only a voice for the Bangladeshi indigenous people, but also for indigenous people worldwide. They may not have the conveniences of the modern world but they are genuine, and full of wisdom and values that have long been forgotten in most metropolitan cities.