Portrait of a Cover Artist - Biplob Chakroborty | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, February 04, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:46 AM, February 04, 2019

Portrait of a Cover Artist - Biplob Chakroborty

With a keen interest in drawing and painting from a young age, Biplob Chakroborty completed his masters from the Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka. He embarked into the world of book illustrations in 2010, as part of the pool of artists who endearingly contribute for books, especially during the Ekushey Boi Mela. He has since continued to work in this regard, while holding a job as a professional cartoonist at a leading Bangla daily.

At this year's Ekushey Boi Mela, Biplob has worked on the cover of 10 books, as well as complete illustration for 7 children's books including Bhoot Whale, Chitoi Pakhi, Haati O Idur Chana and more. Printmaking and watercolour are his primary fields of interest. He has participated in 10 group art exhibitions so far. His latest group exhibition, which was based on the streets of Dhaka, was well appreciated. He spoke about the hurdles in his line of work. “Every year, we as artists, face a common problem,” said Biplob.  “Often, we do not receive the exact payment that we deserve for our work, due to the relationship between the publishers and the artists. Yet, we continue to work, simply out of passion.” Especially when it comes to children's books, Biplob mentioned that it is the love for the work that drives him to continue every year despite the payment issues. Biplob Chakroborty won different awards for his work since the last two years. His latest one was at the International Watercolor Biennale, Bangladesh, held last year.

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