Nabi was born in Nawabganj District in northwest Bangladesh in 1943. He graduated from Pogose School, Dhaka. He enrolled in the Bangladesh College of Arts and Crafts (later renamed as Institute of Fine Arts under Dhaka University). There, he studied under the supervision of artists like Zainul Abedin and Quamrul Hassan. Nabi received a scholarship from the Asia Foundation between 1962-64. After his graduation, he joined the institute as a faculty. He went to Athens and studied art between 1973-1976 under a scholarship from the Government of Greece.
Ekushey Padak (1993)
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