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Sunil Howlader

Melding the beauty of naturalistic representation with the expressive elements of abstraction, Sunil Howlader creates his own rich style which is rich with spiritual undercurrents and cultural influences.

He employs a diverse assortment of media from oil and acrylic paints to mixed medium. Sunil Howlader’s light filled color palette is characterized by sophisticated washes of translucent hues. Negating the presence of bold brushstrokes with these expanses of blended colors, Howlader deftly transitions between the realms of representation and abstraction within a single piece.

Howlader’s color choices carry weighty significance with many hues carrying symbolic meaning. Following the gradation of color across the surface, the eye moves from bright white, signifying the future, to the dark cool tones representing the past.

Art is not only about beauty. Art should make people think. It is about communicating to an audience. I can’t change the world, but maybe I can change one person at a time with my paintings. I draw from both my current Western cultural environment and my South Asian culture of origin. I believe my paintings, which combine elements from both cultures, will promote bridges and connections between all people.

Howlader’s works have been widely exhibited throughout  Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. His award winning artistry is unmatched in his native Bangladesh. Howlader has won many international awards including the Winter Olympic Painting Exhibition Award in Japan and the UNICEF Netherlands Award as well as many awards in the USA. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Dhaka and was an International Artist-in-Residence at the Griffis Art Center, New London CT. His paintings are included in the collections of UNICEF Netherlands, Griffis Art Center and the National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts in Bangladesh.


2000: International  Artist-in-Residence  Griffis Art Center, New London, CT, USA

1991: M.F.A.  University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.


2018:  “First Place” Annual Juried Exhibition, Madison Art Society, CT, USA

2017:  “First Place” 61st  Annual Regional Exhibition at Mystic Museum of Art, CT, USA

2016:  “ Honorable Mention” Annual Juried Exhibition at Newport Art Museum, RI, USA

2012 :  “Winsor & Newton Award” 62nd The National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic,

The Salmagundi Club, NY, USA

2015:  “ Award for 2nd Prize ” 68th Annual Juried Exhibition, Guilford Art League, CT, USA

2014:  “ Best Use of Color Award” 103rd CAFA Annual Show,CT USA

2012: “The Ralph Fabri Medal” 58th The National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic,

The Salmagundi Club, NY, USA

2010: “Painting Awards” Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, CT, USA.

2008: “Overall Excellence” Members’ Show, Mystic Art Association, CT, USA

2001: “First Prize” Open Juried Show, Mystic Art Association, CT, USA

2000: ”First Prize”, International Miniature Art Competition, Florida, USA.

2000: ”2nd Prize”, Late Spring Juried Show at Lyme Art Association CT,USA

1998: “Honorable Mention” in Masterpiece Painting, Nagano Winter Olympic Painting Exhibition, JAPAN.

1994: “2nd Prize” International Miniature Art Competition, Montana, USA.

1992: “First Place” Many Use of Water, a Poster Competition, organized by UNICEF Netherlands.

1989: “Honorable Mention” Water Color, Painting & Photography Exhibition of CARDMA, Bangladesh.

1989: “Honorable Mention” Water Color, Painting & Photography Exhibition of CARDMA, Bangladesh.

1986: “Class Best” for Pen Sketch, Annual Exhibition, Institute of Fine Art,

Dhaka University,  Bangladesh.