MNA Culture & Entertainment Desk: Najma Akther, a prominent artist of Bangladesh received international award in the 7th Lessedra International Painting and Mixed Media Competition recently.
Lessedra Art Gallery positioned in Sofia, Bulgaria arranged the competition.
Artists from around 46 countries took part in the photo exhibition. Eight artists from different countries were selected for the prizes. Of them, Najma Akther got the second prize while Ivo Mrsnik of Slovenia was placed for the first prize.
Previously, several solo painting exhibitions of the famous painter Najma was also held in various countries including UK, Germany, Malaysia and India.
It is notable that the Lessedra Art Gallery arranges such international exhibition and competition every year in making a strong deep link between the painters and painting lovers.
The modern artist was born on February 14, 1959. She is regarded as one of the respected artists in the world as she is one of those few whose forte is abstract paintings. An MFA from the Institute of Fine Arts, DU, she has exhibited around the globe her expressive paintings, which mostly are acrylic on paper or canvas.
Originally a student of Oriental Arts, an area where too she received great appreciation, Najma Akther started experimenting with abstract visual language in 2003 and toured since with her vibrant collection to a number of places comprising Penang, Malaysia to Patras, Greece.
She has already been a member of the jury of an international art expo in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The artist is also an assistant professor of secondary and higher secondary level fine arts in the University Laboratory School and College.
She used to write distinctive art reviews for reputed dailies before concentrating solely on her paintings.
Her works are in collections of a number of organizations including government offices, National Museum, Shilpakala Academy, banks and diplomatic missions, and private collectors home and aboard.