Artist Ratan Majumdar is a ceramic artist turned printmaker whose growth has been slow and steady. He focuses on urban alienation which combines nuanced lines with the simplicity of black and white woodcut print.
Ratan Majumder was born on March 31, 1954 in Feni. He completed his Diploma in Ceramics from Dhaka Institute of Fine Arts (now Dhaka University Faculty of Fine Arts) in 1986.
He studied ceramics, but he mastered watercolor, oil paint, and printmaking. Then he left Dhaka due to illness and moved to his birthplace Feni. After recovering, he started working in Feni. He built his own studio.
Sitting there working through various means. In 1966, he started working on ‘Woodcut’ in Feni. Which was unimaginable in Dhaka then. He has succeeded with the help of wood and his own tools from tea pads. He has participated in national exhibition shots with his cut woodcut.
He received the National Painting Award from Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in 1986 for his woodcut in one color. Ratan Majumdar is a freelance artist. All his life he was immersed in the practice of art without any job or teaching. Did not do commission work.
He has survived till today through the practice of art. I met Ratan Majumdar in 2006 at his Wari home. Then he is doing the work of geometric form on the canvas. It’s about his award-winning film ‘Taste of Nudity’.
When I asked him to do some drawing, he handed me a print titled ‘Artist’s Studio’. He is currently living in Uttara, Dhaka.
Artist Ratan Majumdar
Photograph taken in 2006
Photographer: Mohammad Asad
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