Born in 1989 in Narayanganj, Bangladesh, she studied drawing and painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka, with a post-graduation in 2015. From 2016 to 2017 she studied printmaking at the Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Eugeniusza Gepperta we Wrocławiu, Poland. Since 2017 she has been studying Contextual Painting at Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She currently lives & works in Vienna.
For her contribution at the International Print Triennial in Cieszyn, Poland, entitled “In the search of Impossible” she received the dean of the faculty of arts award. In 2021 she was awarded the Fügerpreis at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria and 2022 she was nominated for the Stiftung Vordeberge-Gildewart award and showed at the nominees exhibition at Museum of Modern Art MUMOK, Vienna.
Iqbal uses drawing, painting and collage to create works where surprise and color play a main role. Aklima Iqbals work is about constructing and deconstructing forms and structures of our daily live, striving to strip them from ideology. Action is an important element of her art, which helps her to distance from the technical perfectionism she was taught during art studies in her country-of-origin Bangladesh. The artist is led by a sensitive intuition and curiosity for human communication and interpersonal behavior.