Self & Others

By MWB Desk

Hasura Akther Rumky’s paintings up on display at La Galerie, Alliance Francaise

The debut solo exhibition of artist Hasura Akther Rumky, titled ‘Self and Others’ was up for display at Alliance Francaise earlier this year. The inaugural ceremony for the exhibition was attended by Shadhinota Puroshkar winning artist Shahabuddin Ahmed and renowned actor and cultural activist Shomi Kaiser on 27 January. The artworks were on display until February 1.


Rumky’s maiden solo exhibit incorporates several paintings series, including rickshaw pullers, the mystic bards, pigeons with portraits and self-portraits.

People are the main subject of Hasura Akther Rumky’s paintings. The characteristic of her anthropomorphic paintings can be understood in the light of the adage of Da Vinci, “A man’s face is the window to his/her soul”. Skilled in pastel, acrylic, charcoal, and other media, Rumky did not draw superficially familiar subjects; rather, she has wanted to touch beyond form, the invisible world. And in the painting lies illusion and longing for human connection.

“My art is a constant search for the best way to interpret my ideas about myself and my surroundings”


Hasura Akther Rumky completed both her BFA (Honours) with MFA from the Department of Oriental Art, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka. The artist has so far participated in a number of group art exhibitions, workshops, art camps, projects and residencies held both at home and abroad. She has received several awards including, Grand Award,

‘Bangabandhu International Art Exhibition’, KAHAL Art Gallery, Japan in 2021, Honourable Mention Award, at the 6th Oriental Painting Exhibition organized by OPSG in 2016 and Artist Shafiqul Amin Smriti Puroskar (Award), ‘Annual Exhibition’, Department of Oriental Art, University of Dhaka in 2015. From the year 2019 to 2022, she worked as an Assistant Coordinator for the ‘Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2022’ at the Department of Fine Arts, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

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