Nazlee Laila Mansur (b. 1952) chooses a subaltern art form from a non-appropriative stand and uses visual story-telling. Her political stance manifests itself in vivid, saturated and penetrating colours and a photo-realistic rendition of images of ordinary people. Nazlee's palette is rooted in the present. People's empty gaze or lecherous glance, or the careful avoidance of eye contact, represent society's inequities, oppression, rootlessness and perhaps, dreams and longings. Her works are considered satirical by many.
The artist has a master degree in fine arts from the University of Chittagong in 1974. She has taught in the Government Art College in Chittagong. Her work has been exhibited in many countries.