M. F. Husain
Known as the Picasso of India, Maqbool Fida Husain was born in 1915 in Pandharpur in Maharashtra. He studied at Indore Art College before moving to Bombay where he went through a period of painting cinema hoardings. In 1947, he was one of the founding members of the Progressive Artists’ Group along with F. N. Souza, Khrishna Hawlaji Ara, Sayed Haider Raza and Sadanand K. Bakre. He participated in or has been the subject of numerous exhibitions throughout the world, including Sao Paulo Biennale in 1971, The Contemporary Indian Art exhibition at the Royal Academy, London, in 1982 and India, Myth and Reality: Aspects of Contemporary Indian Art exhibition at the MoMA, New York, in 1982. There have been many publications on his work, notably Richard Bartholomew and Shiv Kapur’s monograph.
A career that spanned for over seven decades, Husain also made feature films, such as Through the Eyes of a Painter, in 1967, which was a Golden Bear Award winner at the Berlin Film Festival, and Gaja Gamini in 2000. The Government of India honored him with the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan awards, both prestigious civilian awards. He spent his last remaining years between Dubai, Doha and London.
M F Husain passed away in London in 2011.