Her story is out of a fairy tale. Let me give you a taste of it: "My father was a close friend of the Nawab
Of Bhopal (the ruler of Bhopal). In the late 50s, His Majesty, Nawab Hamidullah Khan,
convinced my father Abdul Saeed Khan to buy 500 acres of land in the forests. The Nawab
of Bhopal used to spend his weekend there, hunting for game. When my father moved to
'Daatkho' (my village), it was uninhabited and 20 km. deep in the jungles. You had to cross
seven wild rivers to get there. He was a brave, adventurous man and decided to create his
own world there. He lost his first wife and many decades later, married my Mom and took
her back to Daatkho. We had a huge log house in the middle of the darkest, deepest jungle.
By now, a large group of tribal natives had settled down in our village and worked for my dad. I was
born in the jungle. And raised there for the first 10 years of my life. I was literally a princess.
And my father the king. People from distant villages trudged down the mountain by the
hundreds, carrying burning torches, to celebrate my birthday. I would proudly sit on a cane
high chair, proud like a princess while the tribals would dance all night long around a large
bonfire. I went fishing and hunting with my Dad every day, often coming face to face with a
tiger or a leopard. He would tell me about the time he was mauled by a tiger and left for
dead. I felt so proud of my Dad when he showed me the scars. Despite being away from
civilization, my mom home-schooled us and when I turned 11, much to my dismay, we were
whisked away to Bhopal. I could relate to Tarzan's plight when he had to move to London for
Jane. I felt like a fish out of water. I found the city slickers devious, conceited and full of
hidden agendas and missed the simplicity of my jungle. I missed the animals and their
soothing sounds, the gurgle of the river that put me to sleep like a lilting lullaby…”
A fairy tale indeed!!! Her story begins fascinating and she grows to becomes a wife and
mother. A job she wanted and adored but the fairytale resided within her and was hidden
deep for years until it burst out of her in the form of fine art. Sheeba says, “when I look back,
it was the most incredible and unforgettable part of my life but my life is yet again becoming
incredible with my artistic journey!” I invite you to see the colorful movement that is
translated by Sheeba Khan onto canvas.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
• Winner of the International Prize Caravaggio Great Master Of Art, Milan Italy. (December, 2018)
• Winner of Premio Internazionale D’arte Fondazione Costanza, Madrid, Spain, (January, 2019)
• Winner International Prize Boticelli, Borghese Palace, Florence, Italy. (February, 2019)
• Winner of International Artist of the Year, Mantova, Italy (June 9, 2019)
• 'Dither', included in the permanent collection of Haegeumgang Theme Museum, Geoji, South Korea.
• Featured as one of the 50 top artists in the international “ARTISTI: The Artbook of International Contemporary Art”.
Chosen out of thousands of artists to be among the top 50 contemporary artists from around the world. (March, 2019).