Farnaaz Islam of Guwahati is an engineer by qualification but a flourishing artist by passion. She is one of the two artists from Assam who feature in the 11th Contemporary Painting Exhibition organised by the Bengal Art Foundation (BAF) underway at the Gauhati Artists’ Guild in Guwahati.
BAF is committed to support artists around the country who are working with a contemporary attitude to art by projecting their works through exhibitions, art workshops, art seminars at major centres and creating awareness among the collectors and the connoisseurs of art in the country.
Farnaaz did her schooling at the Blue Bells School and Holy Child School in Guwahati. Her father is a doctor and a professor at Gauhati Medical College and her mother is a lecturer. She herself has done an MTech in Electronics and Communications Engineering. But more than her profession, it is her passion for painting that is taking her places.
Expressing gratitude to her parents, Farnaaz shared, ‘I have memories of my parents dropping me at Gauhati Artists’ Guild, my alma mater for painting lessons, and then my parents taking me to various art competitions, and getting a 2nd prize in an art competition organised by the Productivity Council of India when I was just a KG student.’ Many prizes came her way in subsequent years and there has not been any looking back after that.
She further added, ‘I learnt to draw before I could speak …no matter how cliched that sounds…it’s true… my parents encouraged me a lot. My mentors were my teachers at Gauhati Artists’ Guild, especially Debananda Ulup Sir, Kishore Kumar Das Sir, and Aminul Haque Sir.’
Farnaaz recently organised a solo exhibition at the State Art Gallery Guwahati. It was Debananda Ulup who introduced her to Ashoke Roy, the founder of Bengal Art Foundation, paving the way for her to make an entry in the current exhibition in Guwahati which commenced on January 9.