Husain who is regarded as ‘Pablo Picasso’ of India was born in a Muslim family on 17 September 1915, Pandharpur, Maharashtra, India. He is a self taught artist and painted cinema posters in Mumbai in his earlier career. He often used to travel to Gujarat to paint landscapes. He was a Painter, Artist, Writer and a film Maker.
His first U.S.A. exhibit was at India House in New York in 1982. He had his solo exhibition at Zurich in 1952 and in the subsequent years his work was widely seen in Europe and US. In 1955, he was given the honor of Padma Shri by Government of India.
In 1967, he made his first film named,’Through the eyes of Painter’ was shown at Berlin Film Festival and there it won the Golden Bear award. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1973 and was nominated to Rajya Sabha in 1986, in 1991, he was given the prestigious Padma Vibhushan.
In 2006, Feb, Hussain was charged with “hurting sentiments of people” for painting nude portraits of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.From 2006 onwards, he lived in self imposed exile until his death. In 2010, he was conferred Qatari nationality and surrendered Indian Passport.