Shahabuddin Ahmed (b 1950)
Shahabuddin Ahmed's online art gallery
Having once taken arms in order to fight for independent Bangladesh, Shahabuddin Ahmed is also a wrestler in painting, displaying the same amount of determination as if his country or freedom were in danger. Going through the terrible process of cultural alienation, he felt great frustration as every ounce of his identity was threatened. He played a great role in the Liberation War, fighting along with Bangladesh’s father figure and liberator Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, popularly known as Bangabandhu. After Rahman was assassinated in 1975, Shahabuddin settled in Paris. His work reflects contemporary life and times, with its essence glorifying life’s struggle. With great erudition and skill, he relies heavily on the power of motion as his mode of artistic expression, focusing on the jolted vertigo of the body in action, limbs stretched and muscles protruding, up to the paroxysm of effort and suffering.
He was awarded the Chevalier De L'ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres (Knight in the Order of Fine Arts and Humanities) by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Communication of France in 2014. He was the recipient of Independence Day Award by the Government of Bangladesh in 2000. His paintings are displayed in galleries & Museums like Olympic Museum, Lausanne, Switzerland, Municipal Museum of Bourg-en-Bresse, France, Seoul Olympic Museum, South Korea, the National Taiwan Museum and Bangladesh National Museum.