Shishir Bhattacharjee

Shishir Bhattacharjee

Shishir Bhattacharjee

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Shishir Bhattacharjee () (born 1960) is an artist in Bangladesh. His paintings, critical of the political establishment but always in a satirical fashion, were first seen in the 1980s. His political cartoons appear regularly in daily newspapers in Bangladesh. During the past couple of years, he has produced paintings that appropriate images from Bengali film posters, altered to serve his social and political messages.


He received a Master of Arts in Creative Painting from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in Gujarat, India, in 1987. He received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Institute of Fine Art, Dhaka University, Bangladesh, in 1983.


Although one of the most influential artist of his generation, Shishir is best known to a mass audience as a political cartoonist for Bangladeshi largest circulation Bangla-language newspaper Prothom Alo, The Daily Star, 2007-09-07; Retrieved: 2007-09-114 and an Associate Professor of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dhaka University, Bangladesh. His style as a political caricaturist has now given birth to a new generation of illustrators who follow his style.

He led the influential genre-breaking group of alternative artists "Shomoy" that appeared in the 1980s, and were considered the "third wave" of Bangladesh artists. He was a vociferous and early critic of the Ershad military junta, which frequently placed him at odds with the authorities. His scathing...
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