Nazia Andaleeb Preema
Visual Artist
Date of Birth 19th November 1974

Nazia Andaleeb Preema, a prolific and prominent visual artist of Bangladesh. She received her Masters in ‘Drawing and Painting’ from the University of Dhaka in 2000. Her works have 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 installations 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 the Bangladesh art scene since 2003. Her creations span over genres, ranging from traditional to digital, to performances. Her pursuit to constantly test her limits has made Preema one of the dynamic contemporary visual artists of today’s generation in the country. Her drawing, painting and performances are a visual representation of women in the 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, and ‘Aged with cellphones ’2014,‘ Icolation ’2015 which are widely exhibited and have received high acclamation.

1998   BFA (Bachelor of Fine Art)
2000   MFA (Master of Fine Art), Institute of Fine Art, Dhaka University
Diploma on Classical Music and Tagore Songs - Seven years Certificate Course, ‘Chhayanot’ Dhaka

Workshops and Camp
2009   Art camp in Saint Martin by the contemporary artists of Bangladesh
2008   International Tuyap Art Fair, participated as the Koridoor artist, in Istanbul, Turkey
2008   A month long international artist residency program in “Compeung Art Village” (, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2007    Workshop, “French Technique”, organized by the Alliance Francaise de Dacca, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2006   A month long residency in Mille Colony, New York
2005   Residency in “Khoj” Kolkata, India
2005   Two months residency program on visual arts by the international artists at the “Global Arts Village” (, New Delhi, India
2004   Digital Art Workshop organized by The Bangladesh Association of Digital and Multimedia
2003   International Artist Camp, organized by the George Keyt Foundation, Habarana, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2003   Watercolor workshop titled ‘Chobir Desher Chhobi’, organized by Bengal Foundation, Dhaka 2003 Peace Song- a workshop on works of contemporary women artists of Bengal organized by Women’s initiative for peace in south Asia
2001   Watercolor workshop conducted by the Master Artists of the country
1999   Artists` camp conducted by the Chinese watercolor artists
1998   Artists` camp conducting by German Artist Jorg Bachhofer, jointly organized by the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and Goethe-Institute, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1998   Workshop on experimental design organized by Charushilpa Parishad
1997   Printing workshop under the department of printmaking, Charukala Institute, Dhaka
1997-98  Participated in the Book illustration workshop organized by UNESCO
1997   Participated in Aids poster illustration organized by "Paricharja"
1997   Advertisement illustration workshop organized by the British Council.

Art Auction
Painting has been auctioned at the “Grosvenor House”, London

Paper presentation
2012   Key note paper on Contemporary women Artist’s in Asia at Asian Women Bangladesh in Chittagong
2010   Key note paper presentation on Muslim Bengali Women, State University, Penn State, USA
2009   Key note paper in the 3rd Bangladesh Brand Forum on the topic of “Connecting soul to touch emotion” at Sheraton, Dhaka
2009   “My Staring Women”, series of lectures in the Faculty of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
2008   “Islam and Sculpture”, paper presented at the Arts Faculty, University of Dhaka

Solo Exhibitions
2015   Mind Scape at Kyrgyz National Museum, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
2015   ‘Objectified’, Art Junction Gallery, Delhi, India
2013   Prima Donna’, Bengal Art Lounge, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2012   Art Basel Miami, Florida, USA
2012   Moving IMAGES at Gallery, New York, USA
2011   14th Staring Women in the National Theatre Hall, Rabat, Morocco
2010   13th Staring Women – series of video’s at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2009   12th Staring Women in Canvas Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan
2008   11th “Labyrinth of Abstraction” La Galerie, Alliance Francaise de Dacca
2008   10th Exhibition titled “Mysterious Strokes”, at Minimal Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2007   9th Exhibition in Gallery Delray, New Orleans, Louisiana
2006   8th solo painting exhibition titled “Untitled 2006” at Art and Soul gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2005   7th solo painting exhibition titled “Paint and Pixel” La Gallery at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Bangladesh and in Mumbai as same titled
2004   6th solo painting exhibition at Novo Art Gallery, Queens Blvd, USA
2004   5th solo online exhibition at
2003   4th solo painting exhibition, Chuwa Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2003   3rd solo painting exhibition titled ‘Senses 2’, La Gallery at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Bangladesh
2002   2nd solo painting exhibition titled ‘Senses’ at Drik Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1999   1st solo painting exhibition Titled ‘Prarombho’at Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Bangladesh

Major Group Exhibitions
20/1614/12/10 Dhaka Art Summit, National Art Gallery (Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy), Dhaka, Bangladesh
2014   Contemporary Artist Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
2012   Art Asia Miami, Art Basel, Miami, Florida
2011   Le Bangladesh a Paris, Contemporary visual art exposition in France at Cite International des Arts at Paris, France
2011   Moving Image 9, featured 9 visual artist from Bangladesh at Saffron Art Gallery, NewYork
2011   International Video Art Festival, in Venice Italy
2011   Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2010   Contemporary Art from Bangladesh at Asia House, London, UK
2010   Cairo Biennale Egypt, Bangladesh Pavilion
2009   Istanbul Biennale, 2009
2009   Exhibition of the artists from SAARC countries in Utsaab, Radisson
2008   Fund raising exhibition for SIDR victim children in Kuakata
2007   A group exhibition by contemporary “Print Maker Association” at Alliance Francaise de Dacca, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2007   Exhibition at the American Centre on the occasion of International Women’s day organized by Society for promotion of Bangladesh Art
2007   Exhibition titled “Nirvana” jointly organized by Preema’s Atelier and Alliance Francaise de Dacca on the occasion of International Women’s Day, 2007 at “La Gallerie”, Alliance Francaise
2007   Featured artist for the “Manhattan Art Foundation” for a month, New York, USA
2006   Participated in Two International Art Fair in Louisiana and Mississippi, USA
2006   A group exhibition in Gallery Dalray, New Orleans, USA, visit:
2006   10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 Asian Art Biennale, organized by the Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1998-2005  13, 14, 15 and 16 National Art Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2006   Exhibition of contemporary women artists of Bangladesh, titled “The other voice” organized by Bengal gallery of fine arts on the occasion of International Women Day
2005   Exhibition titled “The Tarantula” by the national and international multidimensional artist’s at Zainul Gallery, Institute of fine arts, University of Dhaka
2005   “An Ode to Peace” Group exhibition at the gallery of Grand Intercontinental hotel, New Delhi, India participated by the International artists
2005   Open studio show at the Global Arts Village by the residency artists, Delhi, India
2005   Exhibition at the Engineers Institute of Comilla, Bangladesh, under the theme of taking art to the urban area
2004   A group exhibition of young contemporary artists (India and Bangladesh) in Heritage Gallery, New Delhi, India
2003   International Artist’s show organized the George Keyt Foundation, Colombo, Srilanka
2002   Participated in the 14th Young Artist Exhibition organized by Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2002   Contemporary young artist’s of India-Bangladesh at the ‘Academy of Fine Arts’ Kolkata, India, organized by the International Young Artist Organization
2002   International Artist’s Exhibition at Indian Cultural Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2002   A group show by the contemporary artist’s of Bangladesh at Russian Cultural Center
2001   Royal Overseas league Scholars Exhibition, London and Edinburgh
2001   1st Contemporary young artist’s exhibition from Bangladesh at Chuwa Gallery in Tokyo, Japan
2002   Participated in the International young artists exhibition in Tokyo, Japan
2001   Contemporary young artist exhibition, Organized by the Charushilpa Parishad in National Museum
2000   13th young artist’s exhibition, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka 2000   Participated in the exhibition organized by Bangladesh Charu Shilpi Shangsad, National Museum, Dhaka
2000   Participated in the exhibition “Contemporary Arts of Bengal” organized by Calcutta Art Gallery
2000   Art Exhibition of Renowned and Upcoming Women Artists of Bangladesh, organized bythe Ambassador of Netherlands in Bangladesh
2000   Participated in the Millennium show organized by Manju Art Gallery, Dhaka
2000   Exhibition titled "women waging peace", on international women’s day, organized by United Nations Bangladesh
2000   Grand group art exhibition by Saju Art Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1999   50th Anniversary of Fine Art, Organized by National Museum, Dhaka, Bangladesh Institute of fine art, Dhaka, Bangladesh, organized 1999 50th Anniversary of Institute of Fine Art
1998   Miniature Exhibition organized by the Gallery Tone, Dhaka, Bangladesh
1998   Water color exhibition by the Charushilpa Parishad, Dhaka at Zainul Gallery
1997   A group exhibition of batch 93 at Zainul Gallery, Dhaka
1995-2003  Participated in all the Annual Exhibitions of the Charukala Institute, University of Dhaka

The artist curated major expositions in country like United Kingdom (Asia House 2010), USA (Saffron Arts 2012, France (Cite Des Arts, Foundation of Alliance Francaise, Paris, 2012

AWARDS: Anannya Award as recognition of being the outstanding visual artist of Bangladesh 2014 Honourable Mention award in Chitrakala Category by Jatiyo Mahila Parishod(2009), Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin Award in Painting by Bangladesh Charushilpa Parishad (2007/2008), Web art and design award by Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET 2006), Royal Overseas League Scholarship UK (2003), Honorable Mention Award, The Group Modern Painting Exhibition, Organized by Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (2003), Media best award in oil painting, Fine Art Department, Dhaka University (2000), 2nd prize of Miniature Painters, Sculptures and Grover’s Society of Washington DC, USA (1999).

a) Visual Artist/Curator: Preema’s Atelier, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2006-till date)
b) President, Women in Leadership (WIL) 2014-till date
c) Director/Creative Editor, Bangladesh Brand Forum (2006-till date)
d) Visiting Faculty, Department of Visual Arts, North South University, (2005-2010)
e) Chief Graphic/web Artist, Limited (August 2000-February 2002)
f) Web Designer, Grameen Cyber net Limited (May’97-August’00)
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