Born: September 17, 1915 Achievement: World famous painter; Recipient of Padma Shree One can love MF Hussain or one can hate MF Hussain but one cannot ignore him. MF Husain is always in the news because of one controversy or the other. Maqbool Fida Hussain (MF Hussain ) is a world famous painter and an icon among Indian artists. MF Hussain was born on September 17, 1915 in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. He lost his mother when he was one and a half years old. Husain’s father remarried and moved to Indoor.
MF Hussain did his schooling from Indore. In 1935, MF Hussain moved to Bombay and joined Sir J. J. School of Art. He started off by painting cinema hoardings. He first came into limelight as painter in the late 1940s. In 1952, MF Hussain’s first solo exhibition was held at Zurich and soon he became popular in Europe and USA. He went on to become one of the highest paid painters in India. His paintings have fetched millions of dollars at the auction. In 1966, MF Hussain was honored with Padma Shree by the Government of India.
In 1967, MF Hussain made his first film “Through the Eyes of a Painter”. The film was shown at the Berlin Film Festival and won a Golden Bear. He has also made two Hindi movies, “Gaja Gamini” and “Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities. ” MF Hussain also had his share of controversies. Many a times he has been charged with hurting sentiments of people because of his nude portraits of Hindu gods and goddesses. But he continues to enthrall people with his peerless artistry. Posted by Jyoth