Faiaz Rafid is an aspiring, young, and talented artist based in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. He is widely popular for his bright and eccentric illustrations and animations. Born on 11th March 1999 in Dhaka, he was also raised up in the same city. He is currently in his final year of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. In addition, he is working as an illustrator and animator at Prolancer Studio, the largest 2D animation studio in Bangladesh. He has worked as an animator and character designer in “Mujib Amar Pita”, the first animated feature film of Bangladesh. His works were exhibited in The 22nd Young Artists’ Art Exhibition’s special curatorial project named “Surreal> So Real> অতি বাস্তব” on surrealism, curated by Suman Wahed at Shilpakala Academy in 2020. He has also showcased his works in Inktober Showdown, in both 2018 and 2019 at the premises of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, and gallery of EMK Center, Dhaka. He has won the first prize in DCDC Character Design Challenge 2019, hosted by Cartoon People, and exhibited his works in the Tribute to MAD Exhibition at Drik Gallery.
Faiaz works in all mediums of painting being digital his preferable one. Hugely influenced by comics which he used to love reading during his childhood, the idea of multi-verse and alternate universe/realities really fascinates him and he usually incorporates it in his stylized works. The urbanization of the capital has also played a key role as a subject in his artworks. Faiaz’s artworks also focus heavily on a range of topics from mental health awareness such as phasmophobia, to regular activities from his surroundings. He hopes to expand his mediums and create illustrated murals in the near future.
The interactive animation is set in a sci-fi setting where the character is reliving his memories of Dhaka city through a memory player. The fictional memory player allows one to play back old memories.
The rapid industrialisation and the development of urbanisation of Dhaka city has made a massive change in many aspects. Even 10 or 20 years ago we could feel a sense of notion which is lost now. Lamentably we did not have such devices like smart glasses, phones, or gadgets to capture those memories in one go. But as we have these opportunities to document the events smoothly, what if after years we can relive these nostalgic memories with a help of a device? The audience can also experience the memories alongside the character.