Today marks the 7th death anniversary of Ekushey Padak and Shadhinota Puroshkar awardee, eminent artist and printmaker Shilpaguru Safiuddin Ahmed. One of the founders of Dacca Art College (now the Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka), he was a friend and colleague of Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin. From 1948 to 1979, he served as the Head of the Department of Printmaking at the institution.
He passed away on May 20, 2012 at the age of 90.
Safiuddin Ahmed’s art mainly focused on rural panorama, pastoral life, landscapes, memories of 1971, the Language Movement, floods and other natural calamities in Bangladesh, as well as the life of Santals.
Safiuddin, known for his woodcut engravings, experimented with the colour black and its mysterious tones, tenors and layers from the beginning of his career. He conveyed the message of peace and harmony through his technically masterful work.
His first solo exhibition was held in 2008 by the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, on his 86th birthday. A two-part exhibition was later held in December 2010, with all his works, titled Shilper Oshesh Alo.
Faculty of Fine Art of University of Dhaka, Gallery Chitrak, Bengal Foundation and other organisations and artists will be paying their respects to the artist by placing wreaths at his grave at the Mausoleum of National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam at University of Dhaka, this morning at 10 am.