Kanak Chanpa Chakma
Kanak Chanpa Chakma is one of Bangladesh's most significant and well-known visual artists. She is the recipient of numerous national and international awards. She was born in Rangamati's hill tracts and was brought up in an indigenous community. Her works strongly focus on presenting the wonderful essence of indigenous people. She tries to reveal their untold stories through her paintings alongside presenting the beauty and colours of their festivals, rituals and culture through her works. Kanak's paintings also introduce her viewers to Buddha's philosophy. Her works often prioritize the difficulties of women who struggle for their rights and participation in families and societies. She paints in oil, acrylic, charcoal and mixed media and uses bold brushstrokes to create large paintings. Her paintings are well-known internationally and can be found in many museums including Bangladesh Museum, Bhutan Museum, Liberation War Museum alongside many private collections and corporate offices. She is currently the founder of Shako Women Artists' Association and the president of Ethnic Artists' Foundation of Bangladesh. She is an inspiration to many young indigenous artists who follow her footsteps. Alongside painting, she also supports and works for the welfare autistic children and raises awareness to provide help for street animals.