Maqbool Fida Husain

(1915-2011)

Maqbool Fida Husain, known as M.F. Husain (1915-2011), was one of India’s most eminent artists. Born in Pandharpur, his early years were spent in Indore. Husain began his career as a painter of cinema hoardings after attending art school in Mumbai. Using freehand drawing and vibrant colour, he depicted Indian subject matters in the style of contemporary European art movements, particularly Cubism. Interweaving religious and symbolic iconography with historic figures and events, the paintings also incorporate memories from the artist’s own life. A very prolific artist, besides painting, he also made feature films. The Government of India honored him with the ‘Padma Bhushan’ and the ‘Padma Vibhushan’ awards, both prestigious civilian awards. In 2007, Husain received Honorary Doctorates from Benaras Hindu University, Jamia Millia Islamia University, and Mysore University. The artist passed away on June 9th 2011 in London, UK.