Zainul Abedin

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Date of Birth December 29, 1914
Place of Birth Bangladesh
Date of Death May 28, 1976 (61)
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Zainul Abedin

Zainul Abedin was a Bangladeshi painter. He became well known in 1944 through his series of paintings depicting some of the great famines in Bengal during its British colonial period. After the Partition of Indian subcontinent he moved to East Pakistan. In 1948, he helped to establish the Institute of Arts and Crafts at University of Dhaka. The Indian Express has described him as a legendary Bangladeshi painter. Like many of his contemporaries, his paintings on the Bengal famine of 1943 are viewed as his most characteristic works. His homeland honored him with given the title "Shilpacharjo" "Great teacher of the arts" for his artistic and visionary attributes. He was the pioneer of the modern art movement that took place in Bangladesh and was rightly considered by Syed Manzoorul Islam as the founding father of Bangladeshi modern arts, soon after Bangladesh earned the status of an independent republic.

Native name: জয়নুল আবেদিন
Born: December 29, 1914, Kishoregonj, East Bengal, British India (now Bangladesh)
Died: May 28, 1976, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nationality: Bangladeshi
Education: Government Art School, Kolkata, Art School, London
Known for: Painting, drawing
Notable work: The Struggle, Rebel cow, Famine paintings, Nobanno, Study of a Crow, Two faces

About Zainul Abedin

The founding father of Bangladeshi art. He rose to fame during the 1940s. His countrymen lauded him as a Great Teacher of the Arts.

Before Fame

He studied at the Calcutta Government Art School during the 1930s. His first taste of recognition came in 1944 when his "Famine Series" of paintings garnered acclaim.


He founded Bangladesh's Folk Art Museum at Sonargaon in 1975.

Family Life

He was raised on the banks of the Brahmaputra river in Kirshoreganj, East Bengal, a subject for many of his paintings.


He and poet Ahmed Sofa both made major contributions to the cultural and artistic life of Bangladesh.

Information related to Zainul Abedin

  • Zainul Abedin Museum - Zainul Abedin Sangrahashala is an art museum in Mymensingh, Bangladesh. Established in 1975, it contains the collections of the artist Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin. The art gallery was established in Mymensingh as this is where the artist spent his early days.
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  • National Professors of Bangladesh
  • Bangladeshi artists
  • 20th-century Bangladeshi artists
  • 20th-century Bangladeshi painters
  • Bangladeshi expatriates in the United Kingdom
  • Muslim artists
  • Government College of Art & Craft alumni
  • Bangladeshi painters
  • Bengali male artists
  • People of the Bangladesh Liberation War
  • Bengali Muslims
  • Bangladeshi Muslims
  • Recipients of the Independence Day Award
  • University of Calcutta faculty
  • Recipients of the Pride of Performance
  • Modern artists
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Latest information about Zainul Abedin updated on October 28, 2020.

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