Nazia Andaleeb Preema a prolific and prominent visual artist of Bangladesh received her Master’s in ‘Drawing and Painting’ from the University of Dhaka in 2000. Preema, has been dealing with the issues of women’s representation in a poetic manner. In the past her work has been recognized for its innovative approach, distinct technique and lyrical overtones. Her canvases reveal a personal narrative that can be extended to the depiction of a larger situation. Presently her canvases and video installation indicate pleasure and celebration of freedom for women, beauty and the act of making a mark, all which is essential to transform a work of art into an idea that lasts forever. Her endeavor to attain versatility in her work is apparent in her passion for new media, technique and experimentation. She is one of the very few artists in Bangladesh who has incorporated new media (performance, video installation and digital art) in Bangladesh art scene in 2003. Her creations span over genres, ranging from traditional to digital, in her pursuit to constantly test her limits, made Preema one of the dynamic contemporary visual artist’s of today’s generation in the country. Her drawing, painting and performances are visual representation of women in South Asian society, which grabs the attention of audiences every time. Preema’s video and performances are bold, strong and powerful. Some of her important video performances are ‘Monajat’ 2008, ‘And Stare Continues’ 2009, ‘Marry my Egg’ 2011, ‘Monologue’ 2012, ‘Aged with cellphones’ 2014, ‘Icolation’ 2015 which are widely exhibited and received high acclamation.
She has participated in a number of competitive art residency programs, workshops and has been
awarded major international grants to pursue her works throughout her career since 1999. Preema,
the widely traveled artist, has also received recognitions both domestically and internationally for
her creative endeavor. Along with 16 solo (Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Japan, USA,
UK, Turkey, Morocco, Uzbekistan) expositions, she has also enriched her career by participating in
5 Asian Art Biennale, 2 Tashkent Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, Venice International Art Expo (2010,
2012, 2014) along with prestigious art fairs (Art Basel Miami, Tuyup Art Fair/Istanbul, Dubai Art
Festival, Dhaka Art Summit, Delhi International Art Festival). Her curatorial projects include several
large-scale international expositions (USA, UK, France) featuring art of Bangladesh in global
platforms. She is also an accomplished vocalist (classical and Tagore) trained in ‘Chhayanawt’
for seven years with distinction. She is passionate about inspiring and encouraging upcoming
generation and is an acclaimed speaker at educational institutions and electronic media. She lives
and work in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
She received prestigious Anannya Award as recognition of being the outstanding visual artist of
Bangladesh for 2014. She has also received honorable mention award in fine art category by
Jatiyo Mahila Parishod (2009), Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Award in Painting by Bangladesh
Charushilpa Parishad (2007/2008), Web Art Award (1st) by Bangladesh University of Engineering
and Technology (BUET 2006), Royal Overseas League Scholarship UK (2003).
She always raises voice for women empowerment and issues. In addition to being an acclaimed
visual artist of Bangladesh she is also involved in empowering women through the initiative
WIL(Women in Leadership) to mentor women professionals. She is the president of WIL. Nazia
Andaleeb Preema is currently the director and creative editor of Bangladesh Brand Forum.