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Nurtured by Dreams

In the bustling streets of Bhola, a young boy’s artistic journey began to take shape, guided by the unwavering support of his family and fueled by an insatiable passion for creativity. Born and raised in Bhola, Maneek Banik spent his formative years immersed in the vibrant culture and rich heritage of his birthplace. From an early age, Maneek exhibited a natural inclination towards the arts, a trait that would come to define his life’s work and aspirations.

Growing up in a family where tradition and entrepreneurship coexisted, Maneek’s father, a businessman, harbored hopes of his son following in his footsteps. However, it was Maneek’s unwavering determination to pursue his passion for art that ultimately prevailed. Supported by his family’s encouragement and belief in his talent, Maneek embarked on a journey to fulfill his dreams, transcending the confines of his small-town upbringing to pursue higher education in the bustling metropolis of Dhaka.

It was in Dhaka, at the renowned Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, that Maneek’s artistic talents truly began to flourish. Under the guidance of seasoned mentors and amidst a community of fellow aspiring artists, Maneek honed his skills and expanded his artistic horizons. His academic journey culminated in the attainment of both a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Drawing & Painting, marking the beginning of his formal foray into the world of art.

Throughout his academic pursuits, Maneek’s creative spirit was nurtured by his deep-rooted connection to his homeland and his fond memories of exploring the historic streets of Puran Dhaka with his father. These formative experiences would later serve as a wellspring of inspiration for Maneek’s artistic endeavors, shaping his distinctive style and thematic explorations.

Upon completing his studies, Maneek embarked on a professional journey as an artist, guided by a steadfast commitment to discipline and routine. Believing in the adage that consistency breeds excellence, Maneek established a rigorous daily routine that centered around his artistic practice. For Maneek, painting became more than a mere passion—it became an integral part of his daily life, a source of solace and fulfillment that he could not do without. Drawing inspiration from the teachings of his mentors, particularly Shahid Kabir Sir, Maneek embraced the ethos of continuous learning and experimentation. He understood that artistic growth and mastery were not static achievements but rather ongoing processes fueled by curiosity and dedication.

Through his relentless pursuit of artistic excellence, Maneek sought to push the boundaries of his creativity and refine his craft with each brushstroke.

Central to Maneek’s artistic oeuvre is his enduring fascination with Puran Dhaka, a subject that has captivated his imagination for over a decade.

Through a series of evocative artworks, Maneek seeks to unravel the layers of history, culture, and tradition that define this storied locale, offering viewers a glimpse into the soul of a city steeped in heritage and nostalgia.

In Maneek Banik,

we find an artist whose journey is defined by resilience, passion, and an unwavering commitment to his craft.

Nurtured by the love and support of his family, inspired by the sights and sounds of his homeland, and driven by an insatiable thirst for creative expression, Maneek Banik stands as a testament to the transformative power of art and the boundless possibilities of the human spirit.

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D N Chandni

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