Rickshaw art

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Rickshaw art or auto art is a form of neo-romanticism emerging in the Indian subcontinent.

The art in question consists of oil paintings on the rear of the canvas roof of rickshaws, done by local street artists, who also paint the various landscape, portraits and personal statements of the driver.


In Bangladesh, rickshaw art dates back to the 1950s and every conceivable part of the rickshaw is painted. In addition to geometric designs, there are depictions of flowers, birds and even popular actresses. The rickshaw can be decorated to show the driver's religious beliefs and sometimes even a commentary on current social issues.[1] In Bangladesh, rickshaw art is looked down upon by the elite population.[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ RickshawArt.org Website of the social entreprise RickshawArt in Bangladesh. Dhaka.
  2. ^ Marshall Cavendish Corporation (2007). World and Its Peoples: Eastern and Southern Asia. Marshall Cavendish. p. 479. ISBN 0-7614-7631-8. Retrieved March 6, 2010. 


  • Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and David Williams. (2010). Moving Pictures: The Rickshaw Art of Bangladesh. Ahmedabad: Mapin Books.