M F Husain

MF Husain was an Indian-Qatari painter and Film Director. Husain was associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s. His narrative paintings, executed in a modified Cubist style, can be caustic and funny as well as serious and sombre. One of the most celebrated and internationally recognized Indian artists of the 20th century, he also received recognition as a printmaker, photographer, and filmmaker. Husain was born into a Muslim family in 1915 in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. Primarily self-taught, Husain painted cinema posters in Mumbai early in his career. Husain first became well known as an artist in the late 1940s. He was one of the original members of the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group founded by Francis Newton Souza. His first U.S.A. exhibit was at India House in New York in 1982. In 1952, his first solo exhibition was held at Zürich and over the next few years, his work was widely seen in Europe and the US. In 1966, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award by the Government of India. In 1967, he made his first film, Through the Eyes of a Painter. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1973 and was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1986. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1991. At the age of 92 Husain was to be given the prestigious Raja Ravi Varma award by the government of Kerala. M. F. Husain died, aged 95, in 2011, following a heart attack.