Internationally renowned Bangladeshi artist Shahabuddin Ahmed's works have travelled across the globe including the Museum Olympic Laussane, Switzerland and Bourn-EnBrasse Museum in France. He has been bestowed with"Chevalier De L'ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres" (Knight in the Order of Fine Arts and Humanities), France's highest civilian title for his contribution to Art in France and all around the world by the Ministry for Cultural Affairs and Communication of France. Being a proud freedom fighter, the spirit of the Liberation War has always been in the core of his paintings.
"I never felt so scared in my life. Never felt so helpless. I saw Mumbai attacks on television. This attack was strikingly similar, and this time I was in it. Who can do such malicious things! Are they human? I am still dazed in shock. I couldn't sleep the whole night. It's hard to talk now. But I will sleep, I am mentally shocked.
(Shahabuddin shared his experience after Paris attack in a writeup published on Anandabazar Patrika)
Initially I was my own model. I used to paint my body on the mirror. However, the shape of figure was not suitable for my paintings, since my works represent courage and victory. Then I used to imagine the muscular figure of the athletes for my models.
I'm always fascinated by Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin. In fact, I'm inspired by his paintings and used to follow his works at the initial stage of my career. But, my stay in Europe has a great influence on me. Blending my origin and experience in Europe, I've developed my own style, which is different from the other artists in France. Watching my painting, at a glance, anybody can say that the artist is not of French origin."