Soma Surovi Jannat (Bangladesh) makes work about how human beings can cultivate their senses through their relationship with nature. In her work, she tries to create a multi-dimensional space with drawings/herbs/organic materials, where viewers have the opportunity to enhance their visual perception and senses through interaction with the artwork. Her body of works includes drawing-installation and site-specific artworks.

During her residency at Delfina Foundation, Soma will explore new approaches to drawing, space and materials in relation to nature in contemporary art.

Soma earned her MFA in 2016 from Department of Painting, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, India and BFA in 2013 from Department of Drawing & Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. Her first solo exhibition, Grey Contour, was held in 2018 at La galerie, Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has also exhibited at:  Dhaka Art Summit 2020; ‘Young Subcontinent project’ of the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa, India 2018; 17th & 18th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2016, 2018; 7th Beijing International Art Biennale, China 2017. In 2020 Soma won the Samdani Art Award at Dhaka Art Summit 2020 and Young Artist Award Bangladesh 2020 from Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

Soma lives and works in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

With support from

Samdani Art Foundation

Artist’s website


Residency season

Winter 2022


Please note all artist-in-residence biographies are accurate at the time of their residency. For up-to-date bios please visit the artist’s website.